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by GYLES BRANDRETH

  • ISBN: 0719569605
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  • Author: GYLES BRANDRETH
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: JOHN MURRAY (2009)
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  • Rating: 4.4
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Gyles Brandreth knows his Wilde. His character was almost autobiographical and this sayings and quotes inserted in everyday conversation added to the plot.

Gyles Brandreth knows his Wilde. Wilde isn't a nice character.

This book excelled in just that area

Ships from and sold by RAREWAVES-IMPORTS. This book excelled in just that area. The reader can tell the author, Gyles Brandreth went deeply into the lives of his main characters, in this case, Oscar Wilde and his personal friends. I was fortunate enough to get my hands upon a copy published by John Murray. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was published by John Murray and also is a main friend of Oscar's.

Not long before his death, I had confessed to Oscar that I planned to write of him after he was gone. Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol: A Mystery. Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders.

Would you like to know the great drama of my life? It is that I have put my genius into my lif. have put only my talent into my works. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). Not long before his death, I had confessed to Oscar that I planned to write of him after he was gone. He said: ‘Don’t tell them everything-not yet! When you write of me, don’t speak of murder. Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile. Oscar Wilde and the Nest of Vipers. Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death.

Intelligent, amusing and entertaining' Alexander McCall Smith. When Mrs Robinson, palmist to the Prince of Wales, reads Oscar Wilde's palm she cannot know what she has predicted.

Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders. What raises this book several notches above most mysteries is the authentic historical detail and the engaging portrait of Wilde. my reader loves them' Bookseller 'A good read' . Gyles Brandreth is a writer, performer, former MP and government whip whose career has ranged from hosting Have I Got News For You to starring in his own award-winning musical revue in London's West End.

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With growing horror, Wilde and his confidantes Robert Sherard and Arthur Conan Doyle, realise that one of their guests that evening must be the murderer. Books related to Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death.

Books : Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death: Oscar Wilde Mystery: 2 (Paperback). It was fun to follow Oscar and his friends around England. Amusing innuendos and witticisms are on every page.

Authors: Gyles Brandreth. Books by same authors: Oscar Wilde And the Nest of Vipers. 10. Breaking the Code.

Home Oscar Wilde The Happy Prince (Oscar Wilde Classics). Ah! but we have, in our dreams," answered the children; and the Mathematical Master frowned and looked very severe, for he did not approve of children dreaming. One night there flew over the city a little Swallow. His friends had gone away to Egypt six weeks before, but he had stayed behind, for he was in love with the most beautiful Reed.

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Reviews about Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death (Oscar Wilde Mystery) (6):
Tyler Is Not Here
I have found that I really enjoy historical/biographical fiction in a mystery setting. This book excelled in just that area. The reader can tell the author, Gyles Brandreth went deeply into the lives of his main characters, in this case, Oscar Wilde and his personal friends.

I was fortunate enough to get my hands upon a copy published by John Murray. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was published by John Murray and also is a main friend of Oscar's.

So, we have Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Oscar's wife and children, and more as the characters put in a scenario where they must solve a multiple murder case.

The book is cleverly written as a personal diary of Robert Sherard. It gives the feeling of Watson and Holmes as an insider's view. Mr. Sherard takes us day by day through the events leading up to the first murder and on through the conclusion.

We are taken to the world on Oscar Wilde's London in 1892. There are maps, tours of actual sites and history of actual events that took place. These color the dialog and shape the story within.

This was a great book and fine mystery. I am left intrigued by this series and will be sure to read the other books.
Amerikan_Volga
Make no mistake: I am absolutely enamored of Gyles Brandreth's Oscar Wilde series. And I loved this book. What I do not like is that it was published in the US under a different title: Oscar Wilde and A Game Called Murder, which I had not only already read...I had already RE-read it. Thus, I was initially thrilled to have discovered a whole new strain of Oscar Wilde titles, and I waited eagerly for delivery...only to find I already had it. So, it isn't that the book isn't good. Honestly, I felt deceived. But, lesson learned: Just read the book blurbs more thoroughly before ordering.
wanderpool
A must read for Oscar Wilde fans!
Thetahuginn
I recently discovered Gyles Brandreth's Oscar Wilde murder mystery series, and I'm hooked. This is the second in the series.

If you're looking for a fast-paced thriller, this series is not for you. But if you love intelligent writing, character-driven, with great historical detail and a more leisurely unfolding of the story, then I can highly recommend Oscar Wilde's escapades.

The story is narrated by Robert Sherard, a poet, who, in real life, was not only Oscar Wilde's friend but his first biographer. He explains why Wilde's outward-appearing indolence could hide a sharp mind: "Oscar made a fine detective because, though he was a poet, he was, also, a classicist. His way with words was elaborate and ornate, flowery and full of fanciful flourishes, but his way of thinking was precise. He was not just a spinner of fine phrases: his understanding of grammar and syntax were profound. He had a poet's imagination, a painter's eye, an actor's ear, and a scholar's nose for detail and capacity for close analysis."

Tuesday, May 10, 1892, Oscar hosts a dinner party for 13 friends at the Cadogan Hotel, London. After feasting, and drinking, they play "Murder". On a slip of paper, each person writes the name of someone, real or fictional, whom they'd like to murder. The anonymous slips are put in a hat, drawn out one by one, and the participants try to guess who authored each note.

For example, one of the dinner guests is Arthur Conan Doyle (in real life, he was a friend of Wilde's). He wrote he'd like to murder "Sherlock Holmes", because he was tired of writing Holmes' mysteries and was working on how he could kill the popular detective off. [I can recommend (4 stars!) Graham Moore's "The Sherlockian" for more fun with that.]

Horrifically, over the next three days, the first three persons' names read out, well, one was a parrot, turn up actually dead. Is someone going down the list for the halibut? But why? Wilde, Sherard and Doyle are on the case, and time presses, because Oscar himself, and his lovely wife, Constance, were the last names read out.

I love the flow of conversation in this book. Wilde had to be a fascinating man to be around, even if sometimes exhausting. He had to be "on" all the time. Take this exchange, where Oscar asks Mr. Heron-Allen to escort Constance home: " 'Would you escort my wife back to Tite Street and sit with her while Mrs. Ryan provides you both with a pot of tea and the consoling comfort of crumpets?'
'It's far to warm for crumpets, Oscar,' Constance protested.
'Alliteration is no respecter of seasons, my dear," he said.' "

The author includes a great Postscript, giving historical background to the novel. I always love a well-turned author's note.

Very recommended reading.

Note: If you search for other books in the series, be aware that you can buy British and U.S. editions (on amazon) that have different names for the same books. The first in the series was published in England as "Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders", and in the U.S. as "Oscar Wilde and the Death of No Importance".

This second in the series, "Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death", is the British edition. The U.S. edition is published with the title "Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder: A Mystery (Oscar Wilde Mysteries)".

Happy Reader
GEL
"Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death" is the second in Gyles Brandreth's series of murder mysteries featuring Oscar Wilde as detective. It is one of the most fun books I have read this year, fueled by Mr Brandreth's impressive understanding of the Wilde witticism and the affairs of the turn of the century. It is almost like Mr Brandreth having romped through London at that time with Oscar Wilde himself, and then living to tell the tale.

In the book, Mr Wilde is the toast of London's high society. His "Lady Windermere's Fan" is a critical and box-office success, and his popularity is unmatched amongst the cognoscenti. One evening, at an exclusive "Sunday Supper Club" dinner with such friends as Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, and Robert Sherard (who also narrates the story), Wilde introduces a parlor game involving a list of people that his guests would secretly like to kill. From the next day onward, each person on the "hit list" dies mysteriously, in the very order with which his or her name showed up during the dinner. Wilde, Conan Doyle, and Sherard begin to investigate independently, especially after failing to enlist the help of Scotland Yard . . . and especially since Wilde's name itself appears on the "hit list!" Their ensuing adventures are as jolly as they are thrilling.

Mr Brandreth's characters stay with you throughout the reading of the book. I like the way that he imbues beauty in every character, even those who Oscar Wilde considers "ugly" ("He is grotesque. Speak to him, Robert. I cannot") and who Robert Sherard abhors ("He was too charming, too intelligent, too well- and widely-read"). The sensual characters coexist with the virtuous, and they all stand out.

But it is in his profound knowledge of Oscar Wilde that Mr Brandreth shines. I am not sure of any other novelist who can match his ability to drop this much Wildesque one-liners ("It is sweet to think that one day I will serve to grow tulips") and add-on information ("It's called parsley." "Correctly known as 'petroselinum'"). Mix that with terrific wit and story-telling shrewdness, and you have an entertaining writer and a sensational book. I do not think that "Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Fire" is necessarily part of a series you read in order. I picked up the book from Kolkata's Starmark Bookstore with no prior knowledge of Mr Brandreth and his murder series, and I did not notice the need to read the prequel. However, I shall move on to the other books. Oscar Wilde and Gyles Brandreth are certainly worth the time.

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