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ISBN-10: 1416534830
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Publication Year: 2008 Author: Gyles Brandreth
Language: English ISBN:

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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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ISBN-101416534830
ISBN-139781416534839

Key Details
AuthorGyles Brandreth
Number Of Pages368 pages
FormatPaperback
Publication Date2008-01-08
LanguageEnglish
PublisherTouchstone

Additional Details
Copyright Date2008

Dimensions
Weight11 Oz
Height1.1 In.
Width5.2 In.
Length8 In.

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GroupTrade

Classification Method
LCCN2007-003958
LC Classification NumberPR6052.R2645O73 2007

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

"A witty fin de siecle 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)

"A witty fin de si�cle 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)

"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 ofJane and the Barque of Frailty

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

"Genius...Wilde has sprung back to life in this thrilling and richly atmospheric new novel.... Magnificent...an unforgettable shocker about sex and vice, love and death." --Sunday Express

"I always wanted to meet Oscar Wilde and now I feel that I have done, and shared a terrific, bizarre and frightening adventure with him. I recommend the experience."-- Anne Perry

"Nothing less than... Sherlock Holmes...except the uncannily brilliant sleuth is not Holmes but Oscar Wilde.... a first-class stunner." - Booklist (starred review)

"Oscar Wilde makes a stylish sleuth in this clever series debut." -- Publishers Weekly

"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

"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


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Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance

by Gyles Brandreth

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One of Britains premier royal biographers pens the first in a series of fiendishly clever historical murder mysteries, featuring Oscar Wilde as the detective.

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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.

Author Biography

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.

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  • ISBN 1416534830
  • ISBN-13 9781416534839
  • Title Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance
  • Author Gyles Brandreth
  • Format Paperback
  • Year 2008
  • Pages 347
  • Publisher Touchstone Books
  • Dimensions5.4 in. x 0.8 in. x 8 in.
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