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Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance

by Gyles Brandreth

Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance
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    Jan 2008, 368 pages
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    Jan 2008, 368 pages

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Lovers of historical mystery will relish this chilling Victorian tale based on real events and cloaked in authenticity

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 the Prince of Wales ...

Gyles Brandreth is a prominent BBC broadcaster, theater producer, novelist and biographer. He has written best-selling biographies of Britain's royal family (Phillip & Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage, Charles & Camilla: Portrait of a Love Affair and an acclaimed diary of his years as a Member of Parliament. (Breaking the Code Westminster Diaries).

At age thirteen (1961) he was given the Complete Works of Oscar Wilde and read all 1,118 pages. The first non-fiction book he ever read was the full account of the trials of Oscar Wilde. Also as a young boy in England, Brandreth was an avid fan of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. When he was ten, the family moved to Baker Street and from his kitchen window he could see what he believed to be the famed 221B. He read every one of the Sherlock Homes stories. At age thirteen he wrote a school play,...

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