Gyles Brandreth's acclaimed series of Victorian murder mysteries featuring Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle.
Paris, 1883. Oscar Wilde, aged twenty-seven, has come to the city of decadence to discover its charms, to rekindle his friendship with the divine Sarah Bernhardt and to collaborate with France's most celebrated actor-manager, Edmond La Grange. Oscar discovers dark secrets lying at the heart of the La Grange company, and is confronted by murders both foul and bizarre. To solve the crimes, to unravel the mystery, Oscar risks his life - and his reputation - embarking on a dangerous adventure that takes him from bohemian night clubs to an asylum for the insane, from a duel in the Buttes de Chaumont to the gates of Reading Gaol.
About The Author
Gyles Brandreth is a writer, performer, broadcaster and former MP and Government Whip.
As intelligent as it is beguiling, this third instalment in the richly historical mystery series is sure to captivate and entertain.
Wilde's good friend and colleague, poet Robert Sherard chronicles a new adventure that spans over a year in his life in Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile, the third mystery in this series by Gyles Brandreth.
Wilde is entangled in the La Grange acting dynasty who arrive in Paris to undertake a production of Hamlet. But a series of macabre tragedies intervene, and Wilde's digging, aided by the incomparable Sarah Bernhardt, reveals horrifying secrets that threaten his life and reputation.
This heady mix of real historical figures (Wilde, Bernhardt, Arthur Conan Doyle) and fictional ones (the La Grange family) works extraordinarily well, and the famous Oscar Wilde wit is given full rein. Great fun backed up with a terrific plot and well-drawn characters.
Praise for Gyles Brandreth's Oscar Wilde series: [---]'One of the most intelligent, amusing and entertaining books of the year. If Oscar Wilde himself had been asked to write this book he could not have done it any better' [Alexander McCall Smith]'Hugely enjoyable' [Daily Mail]'Genius . . . Wilde has sprung back to life in this thrilling and richly atmospheric new novel' [Sunday Express]'A witty fin-de-si cle entertainment . . . rattlingly elegant dialogue' [Sunday Times]
Series: Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries Ser.
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st June 2010
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.25