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Book review: The Last Dickens

A few weeks ago I wrote a book review of Pearl’s first novel, The Dante Club.  I was so taken with the story that I picked up a copy of his latest mystery, The Last Dickens.

This historical fiction mystery takes place in 1870 and spans three nations: the colony of India, England and The United States.  While the novel revolves around the Boston publisher, James Osgood, who travels to Charles Dickens home in Kent after learning of the authors untimely death, there are two related back stories that Pearl does a fantastic job weaving into the book. The first is about Charles Dickens much celebrated second visit to America in 1867 and the other is about the Opium trade then regulated by England in their colony of India.

While I preferred The Dante Club, this was still worth the read for those who enjoy this genre of literature. There is plenty of drama and plot twists to keep you glued to the book.

You can read more about the book and the local author, Matthew Pearl, who lives in Cambridge, MA on his website, www.matthewpearl.com.

Book review: The Dante Club

The Dante Club is a must read for historical fiction and mystery fans. Set in Boston in 1865 its main characters include American literature giants Longfellow, Holmes, and Lowell.  Pearl does an amazing job drawing in the reader, telling a tale about suspicious murders in Boston that have amazing parallels to those depicted in Dante’s Inferno, a book coincidentally being translated into English by these writers for the American public.

Pearl’s novel will ignite your imagination and have you up late reading.  He does a brilliant job of bringing post-civil war Boston to life in this murder mystery that includes some of America’s most celebrated writers of the day.  However, even if you are unfamiliar with these writers / poets you will lose none of the suspense.  Don’t assume Pearl’s writing style and story is too cerebral, this national bestseller will be a page turner for anyone who enjoys a good story and likes mysteries.

You can read more about the book and the local author, Matthew Pearl, who lives in Cambridge, MA on his website, www.matthewpearl.com.