Dead as a Dodo (Homer Kelly Mysteries)

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While lecturing in England, Homer confronts the criminal dons of Oxford

William Dubchick is too keen a student of the writings of Charles Darwin to not see that the world of biology has evolved past him. Decades ago, he was the foremost mind in Oxford University's department of natural sciences, but as the field's focus narrowed to the microscopic level he became nothing more than a gray-haired, cantankerous relic. He has a small fiefdom, manned by Helen Farfrae, a committed disciple who, Dubchick is annoyed to learn, someone is trying to kill.

It is into this world that Homer Kelly, Emersonian scholar and part-time sleuth, comes to spend a semester lecturing. Though expecting a vacation, he finds Oxford to be a swamp of theft, fraud, and murder. Besides the attempts on Farfrae's life, he must reckon with a murdered priest, the theft of a dodo's portrait, and suspicious claims that long-lost Darwinian artifacts have been found. With an academic climate like this, it's amazing that any of the Oxford dons live to see tenure.

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Homer and Mary Kelly at Oxford
Another teaching exchange finds Homer at Oxford, stumbling over corpses as usual, and lecturing in the Oxford University Museum, where Lewis Carroll's dodo is displayed along with specimens collected by Charles Darwin during his voyage on the Beagle. The golden statues of scientists surrounding the courtyard figure in the story, along with Darwin crabs, dinosaur bones, beetles, butterflies, and absurd Jabberwockian flights of fancy. There are 61 drawings of Oxford splendors.

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