Oscar Wilde and A Death of No Importance

Oscar Wilde and A Death of No Importance

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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2008.
ISBN: 9781416534839
Call Number: BRANDRETH
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Doyle, Arthur Conan, 1859-1930 -- Fiction.
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900 -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.


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KCLSCarrie Aug 03, 2017

Oscar Wilde gives Sherlock Holmes a run for his eccentric, observational money. After stumbling across a dead body, Oscar returns to the scene of the crime with his devoted friend and biographer, Robert Sherard, only to discover the body has disappeared. Not one to let Scotland Yard's insistence on evidence stop him, Oscar sets out to find the murderer.

Lots of period detail about Victorian London, plenty of amusing Wilde witticisms -- including several actual quotes integrated into the dialogue -- and a not entirely unpredictable, but still enjoyable Holmesian mystery.

Aug 21, 2016


Dec 07, 2010

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an author, poet, playwright, and due to his flamboyant style, a major celebrity of his time. The scandal that brought about his downfall?his affair with an aristocratic young gentleman was publicly exposed?made him an even hotter item of gossip. But between his fame and his decline, Oscar Wilde (at least according to the mystery series penned by Gyles Brandreth) was one of the most intuitive detectives solving crime on the mean streets of Victorian London. For his first case, Oscar investigates the death of sixteen-year-old model Billy Wood. Oscar walks in moments after the murder, but when he brings friends Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes) and Robert Sherard (poet and eventual Wilde biographer) back to the scene of the crime, the room has been wiped clean of all evidence?including Billy?s body. Oscar, with his contrary nature that has him waxing poetic one moment and making Sherlockian deductions the next, follows clues and culprits while his pals and the police try to convince him that nothing can possibly be done. Of course Oscar prevails, and the result is a stylish, authentic, and highly entertaining mystery.

Jan 31, 2010

Fun little mystery series. It's interesting casting Wilde as the detective, without being as fantastical as The Eyre Affair, etc.

Aug 07, 2008

I found this to be a reasonably engaging book, but I thought Oscar Wilde came off more as Sherlock Holmes than Holmes did, and that the author downplayed Wilde's homosexuality almost to the point of denial. The historical notes were interesting.


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