Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance (Oscar Wilde Mystery Series #1)

Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance (Oscar Wilde Mystery Series #1)

by Gyles Brandreth
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Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance (Oscar Wilde Mystery Series #1) by Gyles Brandreth

Lovers of historical mysteries will relish this chilling Victorian tale based on real events and cloaked in authenticity. The first in a series of fiendishly clever historical murder mysteries, it casts British literature’s most fascinating and controversial figure as the lead sleuth.

A young artist’s model has been murdered, and legendary wit Oscar Wilde enlists his friends Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Sherard to help him investigate. But when they arrive at the scene of the crime they find no sign of the gruesome killing—save one small spatter of blood, high on the wall. Set in London, Paris, Oxford, and Edinburgh at the height of Queen Victoria’s reign, here is a gripping eyewitness account of Wilde’s secret involvement in the curious case of Billy Wood, a young man whose brutal murder served as the inspiration for The Picture of Dorian Gray. Told by Wilde’s contemporary—poet Robert Sherard—this novel provides a fascinating and evocative portrait of the great playwright and his own “consulting detective,” Sherlock Holmes creator, Arthur Conan Doyle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416553793
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 01/08/2008
Series: Oscar Wilde Mystery Series , #1
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 134,753
File size: 407 KB

About 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. Visit OscarWildeMurderMysteries.net.

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Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance (Oscar Wilde Mystery Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
rdnyc More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me as a "must read" by a close friend. She was absolutely correct. The story is fun and engaging, and (if I understand correctly) is based on true events. Brandreth has a wonderful command of the English language. I found myself busily, and happy engaged researching the definition of period-based and new words that I'd not seen before. Very, very, nice.
Scrabbles More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Oscar Wilde, I was excited when I came across this title. Gyles Brandeth has created a new role for Wilde as an amateur sleuth, attempting to solve the murder of a young friend after the police fail to take an interest in the case. Along the way, Wilde is occasionally assisted by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the character Sherlock Holmes. Brandeth does a good job working many of Wilde's most memorable quotes into the storyline, and the teaming of Wilde and Doyle is an intriguing one. So long as the reader bears in mind that this is a work of fiction and not fact, this is a fun read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1889 literary phenomena Oscar Wilde rushes to 23 Crowley St. in London to keep an appointment and is let into the home by an anonymous woman. Upstairs he finds the beautiful male prostitute Billy Wood lying naked on a Persian carpet surrounded by candles, his throat cut from ear to ear. The next day he tells Arthur Conan Doyle about it when they return to the scene of the crime, they find place void of blood except for a few drops on the wall and no body.---------------------- Doyle refers him to Scotland Yard Inspector Aidan Fraser who doesn¿t seem to have much interest in the case as there is no body or evidence. A package arrives at Oscar¿s home containing Billy¿s severed head. He believes Fraser will be interested in the case now but to make sure justice is done, the author conducts his own investigation and finds a plethora of suspect ranging from Billy¿s jealous step-father to a jealous lover. Oscar is determined to find out who the killer is.----------------- Gyles Brandreth is a wonderful storyteller who creates a clever mystery while also providing a glimpse into literary late Victorian England. Oscar Wilde makes a great Sherlock Holmes and his sexual proclivities are implied for instance the club he belongs to is filled with sodomite members. This tale is told in the first person by Wilde¿s good and logical friend another writer Robert Sherard adding to the sense of a literary journey into the late nineteen century.--------- Harriet Klausner
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Brysellis More than 1 year ago
I read Oscar Wilde and a Death of no imprtancefor my summer reading, and I came across it, by another book that recomneded it "The Daughter of Time" The boook juts kept me rading, and yeah although some parts disgusted me, just the thought of thinking into, though it was realluy a goood, book I love Mysterya nad history is one of my favorite subjects. the plot was intriguing, as was my suprise to how the murderer was, and reasons behind it. Im hoping to continue reading the series of Gyles Brandeth
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While a decent story is told, if you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes disappointment is inevitable. Brandreth spends a large majority of the book giving praise to Oscar Wilde and Billy Wood, the boy whom the story revolves around, and devotes little space to the solving of the crime. In short, Brandreth tries to be Doyle, Wilde tries to be Holmes, and Sherard tries to be Watson, but none are quite successful.