Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance by Gyles Brandreth
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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.
 

About Gyles Brandreth

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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.
 
Published January 8, 2008 by Touchstone. 370 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After a rhapsodic 1877 letter from Oscar Wilde to his devoted mother concerning the wonders of Rome, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sets out to narrate the tale in chief, beginning 15 years later at a Homburg spa.

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When Wilde and the La Granges return to England together aboard the SS Bothnia, the most foreboding event of the voyage is the death of Marie Antoinette, pet poodle of La Grange’s elderly mother.

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With the theatrical triumph of Lady Windermere’s Fan and his infatuation with Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas in full flower, Oscar Wilde possesses a joie de vivre that’s palpable, according to his confidant and biographer Robert Sherard, whose plummy voice tells the story.

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British aristocracy must have a remarkable amount of free time, judging from the output of author, TV personality and former Member of Parliament Brandreth (Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man’s Smile, 2009, etc.).

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When the police drag their heels investigating the murder of a beautiful boy of the streets, his friend Oscar Wilde is compelled to solve the crime.

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Arthur Conan Doyle plays Watson to Oscar Wilde in Brandreth’s strong fifth whodunit featuring Wilde as a Holmesian sleuth (after 2011’s Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders).

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On August 30 1889, Joseph M Stoddard, the American publisher of Lippincott’s Magazine held a dinner in London’s Langham Hotel for, among other guests, Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Historical Novel Society

Oscar Wilde makes his debut as a fictional sleuth in this recent addition to the spate of historical detective novels showcasing famous historical figures (i.e., The Pale Blue Eye, The Interpretation of Murder).

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