Oscar Wilde once said,
"There is nothing quite like an
unexpected death for lifting the spirits." And there is nothing quite like a
good mystery when the amateur sleuth is Oscar Wilde himself. If you are a fan of
Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, you will certainly devour this new
series written in the same fashion, with Richard Sherard (Wilde's real-life
friend and biographer) playing the Watson role.
When Billy Wood, a young artist's male model, is found murdered, it appears to
be "a death of no importance", but because of Oscar's sharp deductive and
reasoning skills, it becomes quite
important to a number of prominent
British citizens. As readers romp through Victorian England in this witty and
intelligent mystery they will enjoy many twists of plot and a wide range of
characters from the most celebrated to society's outcasts, from...
Beyond the Book
Did you know?
Although married and the father of two children, Wilde's intimate association
with Alfred Douglas
led to his trial on charges of homosexuality (illegal in Britain in 1895). Wilde
was sentenced to two years hard labor for the crime of sodomy. In spite of his
fame as a successful playwright including The Importance of Being Earnest
(1895) and A Woman of No Importance (
1893) he died penniless in 1900 in a
cheap hotel in Paris at the age of 46. More about Wilde at the
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In The Death of No Importance
, Oscar Wilde makes reference to Dr. Thomas
Holmes, often referred to as...