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Memories, fears, the fog of nightmares...  

Five years after a series of Dante-inspired killings stunned Boston, a politician is found in a London park with his neck crushed by an enormous stone device etched with a verse from the Divine Comedy. When other shocking deaths erupt across the city, all in the style of the penances Dante memorialized in Purgatory, poet Christina Rossetti fears her missing brother, the artist and writer Dante Gabriel Rossetti, will be the next victim.

The unwavering Christina enlists poets Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, and Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes to decipher the literary clues, and together these unlikely investigators unravel the secrets of Dante's verses to find Gabriel and stop the killings. Racing between the shimmering mansions of the elite and the seedy corners of London's underworld, they descend further into the mystery. But when the true inspiration behind the gruesome murders is finally revealed, Christina must confront a more profound terror than anyone had imagined.

A dazzling tale of intrigue from the writer Library Journal calls "the reigning king of popular literary historical thrillers", The Dante Chamber is a riveting journey across London and into both the beauty and darkness of Dante. Expertly blending fact and fiction, Pearl gives us a historical mystery like no other that captivates and surprises until the last minute.

©2018 Matthew Pearl (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“The sleuths who figure in Matthew Pearl’s The Dante Chamber should thrill English literature majors… [A] literary whodunit.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“Murder takes a literary turn…You’ll enjoy Pearl’s evocation of these esteemed authors, who prove to be all too human.” (Washington Post

“[A] cunning follow-up to The Dante Club… Pearl twists the plot to the final page.” (BBC.com’s Ten Books to Read in June)

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It should have been a woman

This story was incredible. Unfortunately it was a bad fit with the reader. His cadence was monotonous, and his American and female dialects were wrong upon distraction. The editing between scenes were too quick and you weren’t ever aware that we were jumping from one scene to another. Quite frankly, it should have been a female narrator, as the true protagonist is Christina. Having this actor do the narration, and in such a way that made the narration feel cold towards the passion of the characters, (yes it was Victorian England, but these circumstances were extraordinary), it took me a over year to listen to completion, as i had to replay quite a bit.) I adore this novelist. I was hoping to love this audio version (as I did for The Last Bookaneer) but alas, this was just unsuccessful.

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