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The Dante Game (Homer Kelly #8)

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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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Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Homer Kelly, improbably, finds himself teaching Italian literature at a fledgling school for kids taking a year abroad during their college career, plus alumni and anyone who can afford the tuition. Head of the school is a Dante scholar with a U.S. murder conviction in his past. And, unbeknown to Kelly or the others, their activities overlap a very real plot that is being used by those with even worse intentions. Langton's charming illustrations and her enthusiastic prose give a real picture of ...more
Jennifer B.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This was entertaining and made me feel like I'd taken a trip to Florence.
Jim Mann
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
The Dante Game is an entertaining read. It's not really a mystery, in that we know who is doing what all along. Rather it's a crime thriller, set in Florence.

The Pope has been pushing a "don't use drugs" message, and it's succeeding. This annoys a banker who is secretly financing the heroin trade in Florence, so he concocts a plot whereby on Easter morning the Pope will attend the 700th anniversary celebration at the Duomo, at which point he'll be assassinated by a renegade priest. Meanwhile, a
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Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
#8 in the Homer Kelly series.

"Homer Kelly series - When the Pope issues a sweeping edict calling for a yearlong war on drugs, no one is more surprised than the Vatican to find the campaign a success. In every Catholic corner of the world, young people throw down their needles to pick up crosses. In Florence, thousands of them converge on the Duomo to thank Christ for their newfound commitment to sobriety. Nearly everyone is relieved by this development—save for Leonardo Bindo, banker and druglor
Mar 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jane Langton used to be one of my mother's favorite mystery writers, probably because she loved to travel, and Langton is very good at creating her settings. In my opinion most of the characters are amusing line drawings, not engagingly human but very lively. Langton wants you to laugh at her detective Homer Kelly as well as like him.

THE DANTE GAME takes place in Florence, Italy, at a school that offers Americans the opportunity to study Dante in his own setting. A drug lord wants to kill the Po
This was a book that was on my home shelves that I'd bought at a resale shop a long time ago and hadn't read. Langton started the Homer Kelly series in the 6o's and this is book 8 (but the first that I've read). This one takes place in Florence, Italy. I'm afraid I didn't care much for the writing style. I didn't get a good feel for the main character Homer, who is a Thoreau scholar and an American literature professor (was also suppose to be an ex-detective but really didn't find out anything m ...more
Oct 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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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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