Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders by Gyles Brandreth
A Mystery (Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries)

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Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders opens in 1890, at a glamorous party hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Albemarle. All of London’s high society—including the Prince of Wales—are in attendance at what promises to be the event of the season. Yet Oscar Wilde is more interested in another party guest, Rex LaSalle, a young actor who claims to be a vampire.

But the entertaining evening ends in tragedy when the duchess is found murdered—with two tiny puncture marks on her throat. Desperate to avoid scandal and panic, the Prince asks Oscar and his friend Arthur Conan Doyle to investigate the crime. What they discover threatens to destroy the very heart of the royal family. Told through diary entries, newspaper clippings, telegrams, and letters, Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders is a richly atmospheric mystery that is sure to captivate and entertain.
 

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 May 3, 2011 by Touchstone. 402 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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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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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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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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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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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Publishers Weekly

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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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BC Books

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Oscar keeps much to himself, allowing Brandreth the wonderful climactic reveal at the end of the book where the killer is uncovered in a Poirot style summary and confrontation.

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New York Journal of Books

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“Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders takes the flamboyant playwright on another rollicking mystery ride with friends Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker in tow.”The name Oscar Wilde conjures up the image of a brilliant Victorian-era playwright: a man who challenged social norms, whose humor was ar...

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Reviewing the Evidence

But her body was actually found in a small telephone room, her clothing torn from her and "her full breasts, horribly disfigured with scratch marks."

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Seattle PI

Having now read The Candlelight Murders, Dead Man's Smile and now the fourth book, The Nest of Vipers, Oscar's powers of deduction go from strength to strength as does Brandreth's prowess as a writer of mystery fiction.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Arthur Conan Doyle assumes the role of narrator in revealing the circumstances surrounding his discovery of severed body parts included in a suitcase full of fan mail — and his help from Oscar Wilde in solving the mystery — in Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders, the fifth entry in this s...

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Oscar Wilde's good friend and scribe, journalist Robert Sherard, presents all the materials surrounding the mysterious death of the Duchess of Albemarle following a party at their Grosvenor Square home in 1890, in Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders, the fourth mystery in this series by G...

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Night Owl Suspense

If you're not familiar with this historical series, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (of Sherlock Holmes fame) and Oscar Wilde team up to solve crimes.

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