The Face on the Wall by Jane Langton

The Face on the Wall by Jane Langton

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While trying to start a new life, Homer’s niece uncovers a murder 

Life has not always been fair to Annie Swann. A bad marriage sullied her youth, but since her divorce she has made enough money illustrating children’s books to add a wing to her house. The new addition’s focal point will be a thirty-five-foot blank wall, where Annie plans an elaborate mural of the fairy tale characters who pay her bills. But as she paints, mysterious markings appear on the mural: first splotches, then a woman’s face, ringed with blond hair and covered in blood.

It seems to point to the disappearance of Pearl Small, a Harvard student who took classes from Annie’s aunt Mary. As Mary and her husband, professor and ex-cop Homer Kelly, look for Pearl, Annie continues painting, unaware that with each brushstroke, she marks her wall with another layer of evil.


“Delightful and always beguiling.” —The Boston Globe

“Langton’s sparkling prose and inimitable wit offer a delectable feast for the discriminating reader.” —Publishers Weekly

“Like Jane Austen and Barbara Pym, Langton is blessed with the comic spirit—a rare gift of genius to be cherished.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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