Troubador Dark Dante

Released: 28/09/2021

ISBN: 9781800463639

eISBN: 9781800466180

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Dark Dante unfolds in Florence in the spring of 2000, exactly seven hundred years after Dante Alighieri set his Inferno there; disgusted with the corruption of his contemporaries, the poet decides to punish the ill-doers of his day in his magnificent poem. In this engaging and evocative mystery thriller, a string of horrendous murders is committed in quick succession. Seeing that the Italian police are making little headway finding the culprit, Maria Farrell, the niece of the first victim, Peter Farrell, decides to investigate. Because of a family feud, she never met Peter, a specialist in art history, who lived in Florence most of his life. A theatre director from Manchester, Maria shrewdly exploits her professional skills and knowledge of Shakespeare’s theatre in her attempt to solve the murders. 


Caught in a web of mystery and grappling to understand the mindset of the Italians she encounters, this unusual detective follows “the Dante trail”, in the conviction that somebody in Florence, obsessed by Dante, may have decided to mete out the punishments described in the Inferno all those centuries before. Maria’s investigation reveals much about her uncle Peter and the fascinating medley of friends in his inner circle. And importantly a growing friendship with one of the detectives on the murder case leads Maria to reconsider her priorities in life. About to leave for England, she resolves to return to Florence very soon to see her new friend and hopefully discover more about the enigmatic figure of ‘Dark Dante’

Maggie Rose takes you on a twisted, full-fledged Dantesque journey into Florence’s magical but mysterious vicoli at the dawn of the new millenium. Rose’s is a veiled Florence, concealing eerie crevices and corners that were not meant to see light. Follow the Dante trail with Maria, the protagonist, and unravel the intricate web of compelling mystery, obscure connections and concealed truths, both past and present, to which, as well as Dante’s Inferno, Shakespeare is the key: like Prince Hamlet, Maria believes that ‘readiness is all’. By turns dark and exciting, Dark Dante is a book you will find hard to put down.

by Riccardo Cassarino


I greatly enjoyed reading Dark Dante ! It is brilliant how the author has woven Dante into the plot. Not that I ever knew much about Dante, but I know a little bit more now...
I found it very entertaining to read, and it moves along at a good pace keeping the reader interested and intrigued. It also provides so many insights into the Italian memes and mores, as well as amusing comparisons with the Brits, their different attitudes to politics, style etc. Seems to me it promises to be a big success.

by R. J. Peckham


Maggie Rose takes you on a twisted, full-fledged Dantesque journey into Florence’s magical but mysterious vicoli at the dawn of the new millennium. Rose’s is a veiled Florence, concealing eerie crevices and corners that were not meant to see light. Follow the Dante trail with Maria, the protagonist, and unravel the intricate web of compelling mystery, obscure connections and concealed truths, both past and present, to which, as well as Dante’s “Inferno”, Shakespeare is the key: like Prince Hamlet, Maria believes that ‘readiness is all’. By turns dark and exciting, “Dark Dante” is a book you will find hard to put down.

by Riccardo Cassarino


I recently read The Divine Comedy and so I found this book really interesting, it is such a greatr and unique premise that had me on the edge of my seat and wondering what would happen next. A great read.

Original review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/236223/review/865607

by NetGalley review


Florence and the gorgeous Tuscan landscape are the setting for a series of horrific murders with a glamorous, eccentric cast of suspects in Maggie Rose’s page-turning thriller - an extraordinary debut novel.

by Jan Sewell


Maggie  Rose

Maggie Rose lives in Milan. She is a playwright and teacher, whose work has been published and performed in Italy and Scotland. For most of her life, she has travelled between Britain and Italy, sometimes building cultural bridges between the two countries. Dark Dante is her first novel.


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