Matthew Pearl is the author of THE DANTE CLUB, written in 2002. THE DANTE CLUB became a wildly popular novel that clubs near and far embraced and raved about. Now, here comes THE DANTE CHAMBER, a somewhat sequel.
Kirkus says, ” A thoroughly entertaining excursion to the literary England of the late 19th century with some ink-stained amateur detectives.” They go on to say “This well-wrought sequel of sorts to THE DANTE CLUB shifts the action to England and another set of literary lights who seek to solve crimes tied to THE DIVINE COMEDY. “
And from PenguinRandomHouse :
The Dante Chamber: A masterful tale of literature, obsession, and murder
The year is 1870. Five years after a series of Dante-inspired killings disrupted Boston, a man is found murdered in the public gardens of London with an enormous stone around his neck etched with a verse from the Divine Comedy. When more mysterious murders erupt across the city, all in the style of the punishments Dante memorialized in Purgatory, poet Christina Rossetti fears her brother, the Dante-obsessed artist and writer Gabriel Rossetti, will be the next victim.
Christina enlists poets Robert Browning and Alfred Tennyson, and famous scholar Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, to assist in deciphering the literary clues. Together these unlikely investigators rush to unravel the secrets of Dante’s verses in order to find Gabriel and stop the killings. Racing between the shimmering mansions of the elite and the dark corners of London’s underworld, they descend further and further into the mystery. But when the true inspiration behind the gruesome murders is finally revealed, Christina realizes that the perpetrator has even bigger and more horrific plans than she had initially thought.
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 adventure across London and through Dante. Expertly blending fact and fiction, Pearl gives us a historical mystery like no other, captivating and enthralling until the last page.
I have one copy of THE DANTE CHAMBER for giveaway provided by Penguin Random House. Please leave a comment below. Only U.S. addresses, please. And, no P.O. addresses as per usual. I will choose one winner on Friday, May 11. Good luck!