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Dante Benevetti is the darling of the music world...and why not? He's handsome, talented--and arrogant as only a man convinced of his own brilliance can be. As far as he's concerned, the rest of the world exists for his benefit.So, when he hears Dane is dead, a victim of murder, Elliott isn't really surprised. Nor is he surprised when Dante comes for a post-mortem visit, dDante Benevetti is the darling of the music world...and why not? He's handsome, talented--and arrogant as only a man convinced of his own brilliance can be. As far as he's concerned, the rest of the world exists for his benefit.So, when he hears Dane is dead, a victim of murder, Elliott isn't really surprised. Nor is he surprised when Dante comes for a post-mortem visit, demanding Elliott find out who killed him. Was it the well-known lyricist who was the only one in the house at the time? The talented young musician whose work Dante plagiarized? Or some unknown the great pianist had mortally offended?...

Title : Dante's Circle
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ISBN : 9781612710655
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 204 Pages
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Dante's Circle Reviews

  • JSidelinger
    2018-10-02 19:30

    Dante's Circle is Dorien Grey's recent Elliot Smith mystery. I enjoyed the story very much. Dorien's style of writing is uniquely his own. He develops a story in a linear fashion. It is all about the character and solving the mystery. I suspected who might have done the deed early on but hoped I was wrong...this is typical of Dorien's writing. It is straightforward storytelling, but the bad guys are seldom truly evil. He evokes pathos by developing the character's humanity - both strengths and weaknesses. There is also humor along with the regular routines that normally develop in a long term relationship. Some readers do not care for it but I find it very much like catching up with a familiar friend. I enjoy reading about Elliot and Steve's morning habits because it is seems comforting and assuring - these are regular guys and not super heroes. Also we have John who was introduced in the first book in the series and is dead. John’s life in the “afterlife” makes the story intriguing and humorous as he helps Elliot and Steve solve a mystery. If you are unsure whether to read it, I suggest going to Dorien’s website ( and reading the first chapter. I think he’s a solid writer.

  • Tal
    2018-09-20 21:20

    So many thoughts and feelings swirling around inside me right now, a coherent review will have to wait. I feel like I'm grieving old friends instead of fictional characters with the news that the author recently passed away. Knowing he left Elliott and Steve's story unfinished ... I'm just at a loss.

  • David
    2018-10-13 19:19

    I just finished reading DANTE’S CIRCLE by Dorien Grey and thoroughly enjoyed it. As the 4th installment in Mr. Grey’s Elliott Smith and John mystery series, this book is a worthy follow-up to the first three and this series has joined the ranks of his Dick Hardesty Mysteries as one of my all-time favorite mystery series. Rather than go into plot details that you can read about in other reviews and in the blurb on the back of the book cover (or better yet, buy the book at read it), I’m going to focus on what made this book so enjoyable to me. First, as in true in all of Dorien Grey’s books, you come to really LIKE the central characters, especially the protagonist, Elliott Smith and his partner Steve Gutierrez. Throughout the earlier books in this series, we saw the couple meet, fall in love, and we tagged along as their relationship developed and grew in very realistic fashion. That process continues throughout DANTE’S CIRCLE as the couple confronts a new and compelling murder mystery, though this time with a unique twist—-this time they are working the case as a team. What I like most about experiencing Elliott's and Steven’s relationship vicariously is the sense that both men realize that new relationships are a delicate balance of lives, careers, personalities, families and—-what I found most enjoyable—-finances. This couple approaches building a life together in a mature way—-there’s no jumping in head first with no care about the consequences. Rather, they take it step by step, and as mature, cautious men are prone to do, they worry about such questions as, “Is it too soon to say, ‘I love you,’ or is it too soon to talk about moving in together?.” This series, and especially this installment, also deals realistically with the dynamics of two adult males trying to make it work together when there is a major difference in their respective income and resources. Unless you’ve been there, it’s hard to understand the subtleties of navigating a hundred potential minefields around questions of money and the power/ego dynamics between two men that accompany such decisions. As with every other Dorien Grey novel that I’ve read (and that would be all of them), the mystery is compelling, the dialogue is realistic, and the ending is satisfying. Even John, our otherworldly third major protagonist of the Elliott Smith series, grows and evolves in this novel and I, for one, am anxious to see where his journey takes him in the future. You don’t enter into a Dorien Gray novel looking for gun fights and car chases, but rather you look forward to wending your way through as clue after clue is laid out before you so that you have the joy of solving the mystery alongside Elliott—-and, in this case—-Steve. Last, but not least, while I’m certainly no prude and enjoy a steamy bedroom scene when it’s instrumental in helping you understand a character or to advance the plot, Mr. Grey does not rely on gratuitous sex to sell his product, rather he relies on good writing and a tightly woven story.

  • Elisa Rolle
    2018-09-28 23:35

    Not having the time to read much lately, I read the first book in this series, and so I know who Elliott Smith is and his background, and who is Steve, Elliott's partner, the whys and whens of their relationship. At book 4, Elliott and Steve are a steady couple, and I have to say I enjoyed reading about their "ordinary" relationship; they were extraordinary in being an ordinary couple in a romance thriller setting. Elliott, playing PI, isn't ultra-charming, uber-hot or any other superlative adjective. Maybe Steve, from what I gather, is on the handsome side of beauty, but even him, althought an artist, is struggling with a day job and with an uncertain future as newby gallery owner.Another interesting plot device was having the victim, still alive for a good part of the book; that gave the reader the chance to know him, and in a way hating and loving him at the same time. Dante is very handsome, very talented and a total prissy diva. He is unpolite, egoist, a liar... but in the end, when he is killed, I felt pity for him, like he didn't have a chance to prove he was better than what he appeared. And then, it was a waste of talent and beauty.Beside, all the possible culprits were nice characters, and I didn't want for anyone of them to be the murderer. And yes, when I found out who they were, again, I was sad for them, till the end I wanted a turn of the tables telling me I was wrong, but that didn't happen.How it was possible to like both the victim than the murder? to want for both of them an impossible happy ending? that is probably the best achievement of this book and author.

  • Sharon Cox
    2018-10-01 21:28

    Dante's Circle is the latest offering in the Elliott Smith and John series and it is a very worthy addition. Dorien Grey has again presented a well thought-out mystery which kept me engrossed until the final page. There are several layers to all of Dorien's books - forgive the familiarity here but I have read all of Dorien's books and I feel that he is a friend - and this is what makes the books that bit more special to me. We have a good mystery of course but there is also the pleasure of watching Elliott's relationships develop as well as watching the interactions he has with the various minor characters. John is delightful and I love his sense of humour. Steve is a brilliant partner and now that he is in on the secret of John it's really fun watching them all interact. Dante Benevetti as the murder victim really has a great way of displaying his feelings and I love how he was able to communicate to both guys. The novel is definitely worth reading but if you haven't read any of the series before I do suggest that you start with 'His name is John'.Highly recommended.

  • Meggie
    2018-09-25 20:17

    This is the fourth book in Elliott Smith series and so far the most boring one. I have to admit, I wasn't satisfied with Dante's Circle, mostly because of my dislike of the writing style in this series. It was way to impersonal for me. Even the romance between Elliott and Steve cooled off and it became bland. There wasn't ounce of chemistry between them. So yeah, boring in each front!

  • Lena Grey
    2018-10-12 20:35

    'Dante's Circle' by Dorien Grey continues the adventures of Elliot Smith and his spiritual advisor, John, as Elliot works to help solve another murder.John providing information to Elliot through Elliot's gift of clairaudience, puts an interesting spin in the mystery. I was immediately drawn into the drama, not only John's descriptions of Dante's actions after death, but also Dante's spiritual journey and, not surprisingly, his choice of music as a way to communicate with Elliot and Steve. The introduction of the supernatural added another dimension which allowed communication from the other side, providing Elliot with extra clues not readily seen on his side. I was quite impressed with Mr. Grey's perception and knowledge of the supernatural elements of the story. I found Dante's transition fascinating as he progressed from pure anger, total egotism as he was in life, to a calmer, more reserved place. Communicating with Elliot through his music was an excellent way to express his opinions.Elliot and Steve are a different couple, so organized and scheduled, almost rigid actually. At first, it was difficult for me to become attached to them; as the story progressed, I began to understand their relationship more and came to accept that this was the way they functioned best. It isn't a warm and cuddly romance, but Elliot and Steve obviously care about each other and are very considerate of each other's needs.I wasn't surprised that Dante was murdered, only that it took so long. I was ready to do the deed myself! He was extremely talented, but totally obnoxious. The mystery of who done it was intriguing especially since many of the clues came from a realm of which most humans aren't even aware. I guessed the identity of the killer almost from the first although there were a lot of misleading clues. The suspects put forth seemed too obvious to me. I surmised that whoever killed Dante did so for a very personal reason. The suspects seemed to have good reasons, but none of them would have benefited from his death.This is the fourth book in the 'Elliot Smith and John' mystery series and the first I've read. It can be read alone, but is a bit confusing because I felt like I was running to catch up in a sense because I had to learn about the characters and situations, where if I'd read the other three, it would have been like visiting old friends. Because of my experience, I'd recommend starting with book one 'His Name is John' and read through the series in sequential order. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a well-written, fast-paced mystery with lots of suspense and intrigue. Thank you, Mr. Grey, for the thrilling adventure.NOTE: This book was provided by the publisher for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Suze
    2018-10-07 18:33

    A nice, gentle murder mystery - a bit Christie-esque with the established detectives, lots of potential suspects. Fans of high angst and drama will find this a struggle but I enjoyed the gentle pace. The writing kept me fully immersed in the story the whole way through.The book starts off with the victims character being set in our heads - he is not a nice man,  so it is no surprise when he turns up dead.His 'visitations' with Steve and Elliott take on a musical tone rather than the dialogue from John, their other spiritual visitor.The list of people who have reason to want Dante dead grow and grow - though one little throw away line about half way in gave me a light bulb moment to a less obvious suspect, and again a passing thought about the same person at 3/4 way had those alarm bells ringing again!I liked that we got the inconsequential details of Steve and Elliott's lives as well. I hadn't read the previous books, but that didn't detract from the story or following their relationship development.

  • Min
    2018-10-10 23:28

    Another great read from Dorien Grey. I can't quite pinpoint why I like the Elliott Smith books so much, but I do. The progression of Elliott and Steve's relationship is very nicely handled and I like seeing the secondary characters again, like Button and Cessy. Elliott's parents even make a brief appearance in this one. While I sort of guessed who the killer was, it did take me a bit of time to figure it out; mostly because I kind of liked all of the suspects. I hope there's a book 5.

  • Simon
    2018-09-21 23:42

    Love this series of, currently four novels; hopefully there'll be more.Whilst yet again I loved the plot, the characters, the writing....I admit to being a tad disappointed at the ending. The great reveal was more than a let-down. The murderer was a character hardly mentioned in the novel, all seemed rushed.Overall a great read. 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.

  • Linda-Grace
    2018-09-26 23:29

    Love this series. x