Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders by Gyles Brandreth

62%

17 Critic Reviews

I’ve no idea why the quality of a detective story is rated using a scale of how cooked an egg is, but if we’re to go along with the analogy, then this is an entirely unboiled detective story.
-Blog Critics

Synopsis

Oscar Wilde makes a triumphant return to sleuthing in the fifth novel in the critically acclaimed historical murder mystery series based on real events, featuring Wilde as the detective aided by his friend Arthur Conan Doyle, and written by a premier British biographer.

Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders opens in 1892, as an exhausted Arthur Conan Doyle retires to a spa in Germany with a suitcase full of fan mail. But his rest cure does not go as planned. The first person he encounters is Oscar Wilde, and 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 to a case that involves miracles as well as murder. Pope Pius IX has just died—these are uncertain times in the Eternal City. To uncover the mystery and discover why the creator of Sherlock Holmes has been summoned in this way, Wilde and Conan Doyle must penetrate the innermost circle of the Catholic Church and expose the deadly secrets of the six men closest to the pope.

In Gyles Brandreth’s captivating and richly atmospheric novel, Wilde’s skills as a detective are put to the test in his most compelling case yet.
 

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 8, 2012 by Touchstone. 370 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders
All: 17 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 08 2012

Brandreth's fifth Oscar Wilde caper (Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders, 2011, etc.) floats on a cushion of bubbly banter and droll period references.

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Publishers Weekly

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on May 01 2012

The mystery is more engaging than the previous book’s, even if the solution isn’t Brandreth’s cleverest.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Anastasia Klimchynskaya on Aug 23 2012

I’ve no idea why the quality of a detective story is rated using a scale of how cooked an egg is, but if we’re to go along with the analogy, then this is an entirely unboiled detective story.

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Mysterious Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Mysterious Reviews on Aug 01 2012

Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders is a wonderful mystery, one that incorporates real historical figures into a creatively devised story that does not disappoint.

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Mail Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Barry Turner on Nov 18 2011

Brandreth’s research is impeccable.

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Fredericksburg.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Chelyen Davis on Jun 15 2012

It’s an easy read, written in a style similar to novels from the era in which it’s set, and Wilde and Conan Doyle make for an entertaining and well-matched pair of detectives.

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Underrated Reads

Good
Reviewed by J D Jung on Aug 10 2012

While this is not a “thriller”, it is a fast-paced, well-written, and unique story. After all, don’t we need more of these?

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Sheri Newton on May 29 2012

I think that this would be a great novel for fans of mysteries and of course, "Sherlock Holmes" to read.

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Curled Up

Good
Reviewed by Karri Watson on May 01 2012

The plot twists and turns sinuously through the halls of the Vatican, so much so that the reader may hear the rustle of the cassocks.

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The Mystery Reader

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Winberry on Apr 01 2012

Gyles Brandreth captures late nineteenth century Rome and all of its trappings with well-researched detail and ably brings to life two very different writers from Victorian England.

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Night Owl Reviews

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Reviewed by Josie on Jun 25 2012

The mystery slowly unwound, while treating us to the sights of the times and Rome.

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Euro Crime

Good
Reviewed by Terry Halligan on Mar 01 2012

This historical mystery with much humour was a real entertainment and something to look forward to at the end of a hard day.

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Minding Spot

Good
Reviewed by Minding Spot on May 18 2012

With a twisted plot leading the reader on a merry chase, along with Doyle and Wilde, a surprising ending and exceptional writing, definitely indulge yourself!

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Confessions of a Psychotic Housewife

Good
Reviewed by Psychotic Housewife on May 04 2012

The writing is smooth, and the storyline flows easily.

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The Mystery Gazette

Below average
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on Mar 23 2012

The denouement is not quite as strong as the jaunty journey getting to the solution.

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Stuff and Nonsense

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Reviewed by Amy on Nov 20 2011

Allows a reader with a reasonable knowledge of the Holmes canon to second-guess where Brandreth is going with an idea.

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The Extravagant Platypus

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Reviewed by Extravagant Platypus on Jun 21 2012

Brandreth waited for a long time to reveal that there had been any crime at all and the subsequent convulsions of plot where not universally necessary.

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