Author(s): Gyles Brandreth
The latest in 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.
'The atmosphere and setting are lovely and exquisitely recreated by an author who has an intimate knowledge of the world he describes ... I won't reveal the denouement, but I can assure readers that the author knows exactly what he's doing' -- Tangled Web 'It's a great book ... there's enough wit and intelligence here to make it more than a 'guilty pleasure' ... an intelligent read with good characterisation' -- Scotsman 'Highly acclaimed Oscar Wilde series ... excellent writing ... it's a fun book that introduces you to many interesting characters ... a light-hearted and entertaining murder mystery' -- Irish Post 'An entertaining yarn -- easy and pleasing to read -- with an extensive set of vivid characters' -- Gay times 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-siecle entertainment ... rattlingly elegant dialogue' -- Sunday Times 'One of the most enjoyable crime series around' -- Scotsman '...a cleverly plotted, intelligent and thoroughly diverting murder mystery. This novel is an educated page turner; a feast of intriguing and light-hearted entertainment.' -- Good Book Guide 'The third in an enjoyable, well-researched series' -- Sunday Mercury
Gyles Brandreth is a writer, performer, broadcaster and former MP and Government Whip.