Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders

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Oscar Wilde makes a triumphant return in the fifth novel in the critically acclaimed historical mystery series, featuring Wilde as the detective aided by his friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.In 1892 an exhausted Arthur Conan Doyle retires to a spa in Germany with a suitcase of fan mail. The first person he encounters is Oscar Wilde, and when the two friends make a series of macabre discoveries among the letters—a finger, a lock of hair, and, finally, an entire severed hand.

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Oscar Wilde makes a triumphant return in the fifth novel in the critically acclaimed historical mystery series, featuring Wilde as the detective aided by his friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.In 1892 an exhausted Arthur Conan Doyle retires to a spa in Germany with a suitcase of fan mail. The first person he encounters is Oscar Wilde, and when the two friends make a series of macabre discoveries among the letters—a finger, a lock of hair, and, finally, an entire severed hand.

The trail leads the intrepid duo to Rome, and then to a case that involves miracles as well as murder. To discover why they have been summoned to the Vatican in this sinister fashion, Wilde and Conan Doyle must uncover the deadly secrets of the six men closest to the pope.

In Gyles Brandreth’s Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders, Wilde’s powers as a detective are put to the test in his most compelling case yet.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781848542518
  • Publisher: Murray, John Publishers, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011

Meet the Author

Gyles Brandreth is a prominent BBC broadcaster, theatre producer, novelist, and biographer. He has written bestselling biographies of Britain's royal family and an acclaimed diary of his years as a member of Parliament.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

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    Not What It Seems

    Sherlock Holmes had his Dr. Watson, and in this series (in which this novel is the fifth entry) Oscar Wilde invariably plays the detective while Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle plays the foil. This role reversal allows the author to make many witty observations and create unexpected plot situations. Unlike Holmes, however, Wilde is not particularly analytical but more intuitive, making great leaps of faith in drawing conclusions.

    The story begins with Conan Doyle traveling to England so he can concentrate on answering a ton of mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes which he has been unable to take care of at home. And who does he meet when he arrives at his hotel but his good friend Wilde, who is there to lose weight by “taking the waters.” But any excuse is a port in an unwelcome storm, so Wilde volunteers to assist Conan Doyle in his effort to weed through the letters. No sooner do they begin than a man’s mummified right hand is found in one envelope. And then a finger, obviously from another hand, in another. On that finger is a distinctive gold ring with intertwined fish etched on the inside, the symbol of the Vatican. A third envelope is found to contain a lock of hair. The postmark on all three envelopes is Rome. So much for the rest cure, as off the pair goes to the Eternal City to solve the mystery.

    Once again, the author has written an enjoyable historical piece, filled with clever observations and droll comments, peppering the prose with crisp Wilde prose and poetry while moving a Sherlock Holmes mystery forward. This is really a delightful series, and well worth reading.

    Recommended.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    Fun read and great gift

    These series of mysteries are a fun read and make great gifts

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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