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Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance

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Publisher Comments:

One of Britain's premier royal biographers pens the first in a series of fiendishly clever and stylish historical murder mysteries.

Lovers of historical mystery will relish this chilling Victorian tale based on real events and cloaked in authenticity. Best of all, 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.

Review:

"Oscar Wilde makes a stylish sleuth in this clever series debut from Brandreth, a British author best known as a biographer (John Gielgud: An Actor's Life, etc.). Narrating the tale from his old age, poet Robert Sherard enjoys recalling the summer of 1889, when his friend Wilde was still celebrated and happily married. After discovering the butchered body of handsome young Billy Wood, Wilde fetches Sherard and his new friend Arthur Conan Doyle, but upon returning to the scene, they find neither body nor blood. Wilde and Sherard urge charismatic Scotland Yard Det. Insp. Aidan Fraser to investigate, but without concrete evidence, Fraser refuses to act until another murder occurs. Undeterred, Wilde interviews suspects from Wood's stepfather to his pimp, and sets a trap that helps reveal the truth. Brandreth blends history and invention, integrates a nicely complex solution with entertaining subplots and delivers the whole in witty, precise prose. This tale should please readers partial to period mysteries, literary heroes and deft writing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Brandreth's accomplishment is evident in the force of Wilde's personality, which fairly leaps off the page...readers will delight in the effortless characterization and deft portrait of late-Victorian England." Stephanie Barron, author of Jane and the Barque of Frailty

Review:

"A witty fin de siècle entertainment, and the rattlingly elegant dialogue is peppered with witticisms uttered by Wilde well before he ever thought of putting them into his plays." Sunday Times (London)

Review:

"Brandreth...spins a tale of human frailty and self-preservation...a promising start." Library Journal

Review:

"This excellent novel...I'd be staggered if, by the end of 2007, you'd read many better whodunnits. Brandreth demonstrates supremely measured skill as a storyteller." Nottingham Evening Post

Review:

"Wilde as detective is thoroughly convincing....The period, and the two or three worlds in which Wilde himself moved, are richly evoked...an excellent detective story. I'm keenly looking forward to the rest of the series." The District Messenger, journal of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London

Review:

"A first-class stunner....[A] wow of a history-mystery...fascinating." Booklist (Starred review)

Synopsis:

One of Britain's premier royal biographers pens the first in a series of fiendishly clever and stylish historical murder mysteries

Lovers of historical mystery will relish this chilling Victorian tale based on real events and cloaked in authenticity. Best of all, 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.

About the Author

Gyles Brandreth's Breaking the Code: Westminster Diaries has been described as "by far the best political diary of recent years" by The Times. His last book, Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage, published by Century, was a Sunday Times bestseller.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416534839
Author:
Brandreth, Gyles
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Author:
Brandreth, Gyles Daubeney
Author:
ndreth, Gyles
Author:
Bra
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Investigation
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Wilde, Oscar
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Oscar Wilde; Gyles Brandreth; murder mysteries; historical fiction; historical mysteries; Oscar Wilde books; trial of Oscar Wilde; Arthur Conan Doyle; Sherlock Holmes; Oscar Wilde mysteries; Robert Sherard; Victorian stories; The Picture of Dorian Gray; B
Subject:
Oscar Wilde; Gyles Brandreth; murder mysteries; historical fiction; historical mysteries; Oscar Wilde books; trial of Oscar Wilde; Arthur Conan Doyle; Sherlock Holmes; Oscar Wilde mysteries; Robert Sherard; Victorian stories; The Picture of Dorian Gray; B
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Oscar Wilde Mysteries
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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Product details 368 pages Touchstone Books - English 9781416534839 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Oscar Wilde makes a stylish sleuth in this clever series debut from Brandreth, a British author best known as a biographer (John Gielgud: An Actor's Life, etc.). Narrating the tale from his old age, poet Robert Sherard enjoys recalling the summer of 1889, when his friend Wilde was still celebrated and happily married. After discovering the butchered body of handsome young Billy Wood, Wilde fetches Sherard and his new friend Arthur Conan Doyle, but upon returning to the scene, they find neither body nor blood. Wilde and Sherard urge charismatic Scotland Yard Det. Insp. Aidan Fraser to investigate, but without concrete evidence, Fraser refuses to act until another murder occurs. Undeterred, Wilde interviews suspects from Wood's stepfather to his pimp, and sets a trap that helps reveal the truth. Brandreth blends history and invention, integrates a nicely complex solution with entertaining subplots and delivers the whole in witty, precise prose. This tale should please readers partial to period mysteries, literary heroes and deft writing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Brandreth's accomplishment is evident in the force of Wilde's personality, which fairly leaps off the page...readers will delight in the effortless characterization and deft portrait of late-Victorian England."
"Review" by , "A witty fin de siècle entertainment, and the rattlingly elegant dialogue is peppered with witticisms uttered by Wilde well before he ever thought of putting them into his plays." (London)
"Review" by , "Brandreth...spins a tale of human frailty and self-preservation...a promising start."
"Review" by , "This excellent novel...I'd be staggered if, by the end of 2007, you'd read many better whodunnits. Brandreth demonstrates supremely measured skill as a storyteller."
"Review" by , "Wilde as detective is thoroughly convincing....The period, and the two or three worlds in which Wilde himself moved, are richly evoked...an excellent detective story. I'm keenly looking forward to the rest of the series."
"Review" by , "A first-class stunner....[A] wow of a history-mystery...fascinating." (Starred review)
"Synopsis" by , One of Britain's premier royal biographers pens the first in a series of fiendishly clever and stylish historical murder mysteries

Lovers of historical mystery will relish this chilling Victorian tale based on real events and cloaked in authenticity. Best of all, 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.

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