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The Dante Game (Homer Kelly #8)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  110 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The Dante Game takes Homer Kelly to magnificent, mysterious Florence, where he finds himself entangled in a mystery of murdered lovers, the disappearance of a star pupil, and a heroin ring shut down by the Pope's antidrug campaign.
Paperback, 325 pages
Published 1991 by Penguin Books
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Jane Langton has written several mysteries that take place in historical New England, and also some well regarded fantasy adventures for children. I haven’t read many of her books, but will read more now that I have enjoyed this one. I picked it up because of Dante, and enjoyed the setting in Florence very much. The story involves an assassination plot on the Pope, who is to come to Florence on Easter morning to celebrate a major anniversary of the Duomo there. Homer Kelly, the detective in the ...more
Takes improbable to new heights. Cute illustrations? Reminiscent of the now quaint illustrations of the Half Magic books or the Happy Hollisters. Hmmm...suppose this would be more meaningful if I were say...ten? I suppose the best I can say is that it is good brainless reading. Need to relax with a not very challenging mystery and like a romantic Italian setting? This is for you. Otherwise, stick to Donna Leon or Iain Pears for un mistero di vecchia Italia. Or Pearl's Dante Club for a Dante flav ...more
I enjoyed reading this book for the most part. The story wasn't bleak but did have suspense. At first I was expecting this to be something that Dan Brown yoinked his Da Vinci Code from, with a lot of clues leading the investigators along some path. Maybe Dan Brown read this book and took the story to Rome and took off with the story. I wouldn't be at all surprised.

I haven't read any of the other books in the series so I can't comment on how it compares, but I probably won't bother looking for an
A cozy sort of mystery involving the faculty and students at new school in Florence, Italy where they are studying the works of Dante and a plot to kill the Pope at am Easter apperance at Cathedral there. The books is interspersed with line drawings by the author. It was an adiquate time passer but not one to cause me to go on a search for another book by this author.
Joy Fargo
But great illustrations and fun to walk the streets of Florence with Homer Kelly. If you like the Inferno it's especially fun.
A little too complex and far-fetched for my taste. Also, the little Stockholm Syndrome bit at the end was slightly unnecessary.
Decent beach read, but Homer Kelly was the least interesting of the characters - why is the series named after him?
Sep 15, 2007 Cindy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of American mystery
Shelves: mysteries
Americans abroad get mixed up in a plot to kill the pope. A Homer Kelly mystery. Not my favorite in the series.
A silly mystery, Only finished because it was set in Florence.
Good ending. Unexpected.
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Langton was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied astronomy at Wellesley College and the University of Michigan, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1944. She received an M.A. in art history from the University of Michigan in 1945, and another M.A. from Radcliffe College in 1948. She studied at the Boston Museum School from 1958 to 1959.

In 1961 Langton wrote and illustrated her first book for ch
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