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Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder: A Mystery (The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries #2)

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The second witty installment in an astonishingly authentic historical mystery series featuring detective Oscar Wilde and his partner in crime, Arthur Conan Doyle

It's 1892, and Wilde is the toast of London, riding high on the success of his play Lady Windemere's Fan. While celebrating with friends at a dinner party he conjures up a game called "murder" that poses the ques
ebook, 288 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Touchstone (first published 2008)
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In this installment, we see Oscar turning from effervescent to snarky. His flaws are more revealed, and yet you love him more as a man for it. The mystery is much darker, more complex, and there is a host of more character to know and love.
Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death is so amazingly good, I could not put it down, hence finishing it over 4 days. I do not know much about Oscar Wilde's life apart from the obvious facts, but this story has given me such an insight into his character and his world. I love the way Oscar is portrayed as a highly respected man with a great mind and such a way with people as to make them love him more, he also has this ability to predict what is to happen next, simply by being so observant and mindfu ...more
This is a very structured mystery, complete with seating plans at two parallel dinners (beginning and end) and a grid. Nonetheless, it is not mechanical, and the motivations for the various murders and possible murders are driven by character, and though implausible, not impossible. The Wilde / Conan Doyle friendship - implausible in itself, given their wildly different characters - is very well drawn. The Marquis of Queensberry and his boxing rules have a large part to play in this one, and the ...more
Set in the late 1800s, this whodunit features the charming, witty and audacious Oscar Wilde as the detective with Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Sherard as his companions. It’s the second in the Oscar Wilde series and stems from Wilde’s convening of the Socrates Club - a group of 13 men who dine together regularly. To liven up the dinner party on a Sunday evening in May 1892, Wilde introduces the deadly game of “Murder” – each person has to anonymously write the name of someone he would want to m ...more
A.E. Marling
If you've ever entertained the desire to hobnob with Oscar Wilde, this book is for you. Though I found the mystery engaging and at times intense, the book revolves around the fop playwright and his friends having luncheon, drinking, and smoking. And what friends they are! The straight-laced Arthur Conan Doyle complains about Sherlock Holmes, hoping that character isn't all people will remember him by. Bram Stoker booms his laugh. And the adorable but potential-sociopath Bosie holds Wilde in his ...more
I had been looking forward to this book ever since I had finished the first one, Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders.

At the risk of sound like Oscar, sadly, the journey is so often much more fun than the terminus. Where the first book captured me with with its sparkle this one bored me rather than entertained.

While Brandreth does a good job of taking one on a tour of fin de siecle London (with a map, no less, this time!) and introduces us to many interesting characters, real-life ones and in
Riju Ganguly
Much better than the first book in the 'Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries' series, this novel was a faster read, with more clues being scattered across the pages, all of which succeeded in being rather neatly tied up at the end. This one also presents Oscar Wilde in a more clearer light. My only grudge is that the series continues with Arthur Conan Doyle being relegated to a footman-like status in story-after-story. Nevertheless, the reading experinece was pleasing enough. Recommended.
One of the many horrors of Christmas is being bought books which those who understand you very poorly think you might enjoy. This was just such a volume. If you're the sort of person who calls a quotation 'a quote', or who buys a fridge magnet with a 'saying' of Oscar Wilde on it ('I can resist everything except a handbag'), you'll love it. I found it lazy and opportunistic. Needless to say, all the best lines are Wilde's - when Brandreth pastiches him, the results are rather like my 7 year old ...more
Kee the Ekairidium
Since I came out in college, I began to relate strongly to the great Oscar Wilde and his aesthetic values, including his famed self-indulgence and queer identity. And that is why I was startled to encounter this book where the author used said historical and literary figure as his detective protagonist.

The Ring of Death was quite an entertaining novel that has left me impressed at first because of the incorporation of Wilde into the mystery, and bewildered by the climax and resolution. It takes
Gyles Brandreth writes beautifully.
This particular book which reminded me somewhat
of Agatha Christie's 'Ten Little Indians', I
found didn't quite match up to his earlier books.
Some of the plot was a wee bit 'far-fetched', and
at other times rather predictable.
Notwithstanding, an enjoyable historical romp.
Oscar Wilde invites his friends to attend a dinner at the Socrates Club and during the evening, they play a game of Who Would You Murder.... The very next day the people on the list begin to die. A woman is found dead from a fire, a man leaps to his death from a cliff, an elderly man is found dead in bed. One by one the list shortens but at the end of the list are the names of Oscar Wilde himself and his wife, Constance. Oscar, Robert Sherard, Bram Stoker and his other friends must find out who ...more
Martin Allen
This series of novels is right up my street. Oscar Wilde in detective mode solving murders ably assisted by Robert Sherard and with cameos by Arthur Conan Doyle and other well-known people of the time. Rip-roaring, capturing Oscar Wilde's wit perfectly and whilst the stories are clearly fiction, the main protagonists and geography are not. They cleverly intertwine the known exploits of those at the time with the murderous activities of the villains. If you like Oscar Wilde and like whodunnits, t ...more
Rachel Page
I think this book was almost too clever for its own good... Oscar Wilde as a character is a little over-bearing with all his clever lines and intelligence. I like my characters with a little more fatal flaw. There were nods to Oscar's all the way through, but it didn't really affect him and won't until the series reached 1895. All the references to Wilde's later works were amusing, but eventually I felt like they were getting a bit too much.

Complaining aside, I enjoyed it. It was amusing and mov
Summary: Oscar Wilde gathers a group of friends for a nice meal, that ends with a game where each chooses someone they want to murder. That same night the first of the victims dies and each night after, they die. Unfortunately Oscar is the 13th victim and his wife is the 14th. Can he find the murderer in order to save their lives?

This is a mystery featuring Oscar Wilde as a detective told from the perspective of Robert Sherard, his friend and first biographer. It is the second in the series but
Oscar Wilde is solving crimes while rubbing elbows with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Sherard, and in this book, Bram Stoker. What's not to like?

Once more, knowing a good deal about Oscar Wilde's life story gives more than a few sentences a somber, albeit still witty, tint, something I thoroughly enjoy. Still, even if you know nothing about Oscar Wilde, you'll feel you know a great deal about him after this. The way Brandreth captures Wilde's's pretty amazing.

The crime of this
Saw this at the library and I couldn't pass it up! I have been in a bit of a reading slump lately (as far as actual novels are concerned) and haven't been doing much reading at home, but I looked forward to my breaks at work so I could sit down with more of this book.

I quite enjoyed the mystery: Oscar and his buddies play a game over dinner where they each write down the name of the person they would most like to see dead. Then the people really start each day. Oscar is on that list,
Sep 30, 2012 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a light read
Recommended to Anna by: Mary
I've recently been thinking about doing some light reading, since for the past weeks I've dug into my classic books stash and I wasn't sure my brain could take much more of the abuse. So I thought this book would be a perfect alternative, especially since Oscar Wilde is one of my favorite authors and characters.

I haven't read the first book in the series, partly because when I got the book I wasn't aware it existed really, but I don't think that it had much of an effect on my reading experience
Kristiana Alex
Detektivní román Oscar Wilde a kruh smrti je netypický především svými postavami. Přestože je mnoho románů s historickými postavami, Oscar Wilde získává jako lidská bytost úplně nový rozměr. Není to jen obyčejný spisovatel, ale manžel a otec, přítel, pozoruhodně všímavý muž a amatérský detektiv. Nevím, jestli jste někdy viděli jeho portrét, ale pro mne byl Oscar Wilde vždy romanticky atraktivní mladý muž. A najednou je to značně obtloustlý muž s povýšeneckým odporem ke všemu, co se mu zdá oškliv ...more
This is the second in the series of murder mysteries starring Oscar Wilde and his friend Robert Sherard. I enjoyed this one just as much - possibly even a bit more - than I did the first.

Wilde has created The Socrates Club as a monthly get together with a group of his friends. Friends including Bram Stoker and Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as actors, politicians and members of the aristocracy. The men eat, drink, smoke and talk and at each meeting Wilde introduces some activity or game to the grou
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
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 wi
Detektīvi gan nav mans iemīļotais žanrs grāmtām, un pilnīgi notiekti filmas formātā šis darbs man patiktu krienti vairāk (paradokss, ka detektīvfilmas gan man daudzas patīk, romāni teju nekad.

Ideja par vienā darbā saliktiem vairākiem slaveniem rakstniekiem (bez Vailda tur ir Arturs Konans Doils un Berems Stokers)tomēr škita gana vilinoša, lai man rastos interese grāmatu izlasīt. Un tieši šie pseido-patiesie tēli arī ir grāmtas patiesais trumpis, pats noslēpums un tā risinājums manai gaumei ir pa
Anna Bergmark
Hoppa över den här serien och läs istället "The Harry Houdini mysteries". Det är tre böcker som har allt det som "Oscar" saknar; starka karaktärer, kvickhet, spänning, tidsatmosfär, och framför allt - det oväntade. "Oscar" släpar sig fram utan mål. Några fräcka citat här och är räcker inte. En oskärpt och småtråkig författare kan uppenbarligen inte skriva om en betydligt intelligentare dito.
This book has everything I normally enjoy in light fiction: a period setting, characters who really existed, historical and biographical accuracy (Brandreth has written two factual books on Wilde), mystery, a theatrical setting. And yet, while I enjoyed it, I found it very slow reading. Perhaps it was too long; perhaps it just wasn't compelling enough.
This book gets points for being a murder mystery about Oscar Wilde; I enjoyed the setting and writing. However, it didn't totally live up to its premise. Particularly, I thought the large cast of characters was established clunkily, the first-person Watson-like narrator was rather irritatingly non-present in his own life, and the murder mystery itself not particularly elegant. It also really bothered me that none of the characters, including Wilde, were particularly proactive about what appeared ...more
I very much enjoy this style of book where real life characters from history are drawn into fictitious situations. In this case we encounter Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker both friends of Oscar Wilde. The story is humorous but with a large dose of pathos. I listened to this on audible and thoroughly enjoyed the narration so was very sorry to read that Bill Wallis who read it died in 2013.
I haven't read the first book, but that doesn't really seem to matter. This one is light and easy to read, and has a few well known people as characters: Wilde, Conan Doyle and Stoker, most notably. The narrator character isn't very distinctive -- pages sometimes seem to go by without an 'I' in the narrative, which is sometimes quite odd when the 'I' reappears.

There's not really much substance to it, and the motives seem quite thin, but it's entertaining enough to follow. Wilde is very Sherlock
A slow-build mystery featuring real, historical people. People I didn't particularly like, Oscar Wilde included. The only character I really took to was Arthur Conan Doyle, the rest of them were vain, arrogant, entitled wannabe-gentlemen, particularly Bosie. It wasn't a bad book per se, despite its deeply flawed characters, but I think one was enough for me, I don't plan on looking up more books in this series.
At the monthly dinner organized by Oscar Wilde, the after dinner game is Murder. Each of the 14 dinner guests is required to write the name of the person they would most like to murder, and then the other guests will guess who chose each murder victim. When the name of one of the guests is chosen 4 times along with both Oscar Wilde and his wife, everyone decides the game has lost its charm and separates for the evening. But the next day the first person on the list dies in a fire, and then the s ...more
Conan Doyle is back! (And there was much rejoicing.) I am really starting to like this series. This second book was stronger than the first. It was a bit convoluted, so that was annoying, but it is a fun glimpse into the literary world of late 1800s, early 1900s, England.
What a refreshing read! The author obviously has an extremely in-depth knowledge of his subjects and turns what I initially thought was a rather strange (if intriguing) premise into the most entertaining general fiction novel I have read in quite some time. Oscar Wilde is turned into amateur detective in a murder mystery that keeps you guessing til the end. Although the murder mystery side was interesting and well written, for me the highlight was the insight into the everyday life and times of ...more
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Character List 1 16 Jan 25, 2010 04:20PM  
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  • The Notting Hill Mystery
  • Consequences of Sin
  • The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde
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  • Murder Your Darlings (An Algonquin Round Table Mystery #1)
  • Oscar Wilde: A Certain Genius
  • The Burning Plain
  • Jane and the Ghosts of Netley (Jane Austen Mysteries, #7)
  • Le pecore e il pastore
  • The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle (Horatio Lyle, #1)
  • Death and the Maiden  (Liebermann Papers, #6)
  • The Alchemy of Murder (Nellie Bly, #1)
  • The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
  • Hasty Death
Full name: Gyles Daubeney Brandreth.
A former Oxford Scholar, President of the Oxford Union and MP for the City of Chester, Gyles Brandreth’s career has ranged from being a Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in John Major’s government to starring in his own award-winning musical revue in London’s West End. A prolific broadcaster (in programmes ranging from Just a Minute to Have I Got News f
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Other Books in the Series

The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries (6 books)
  • Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance: A Mystery
  • Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile (The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries, #3)
  • Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders: A Mystery
  • Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders (The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries #5)
  • Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol

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