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Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance by Gyles Brandreth
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Jul 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: z-2011, funny-adult, historical-fiction, mysteries, favorites
Read from July 28 to August 08, 2011

Turns out Oscar Wilde can give Sherlock Holmes a run for his eccentric, observational money. When he stumbles across the dead body of a young male prostitute, Oscar returns to the scene of the crime with his devoted friend and biographer, Robert Sherard, and Oscar's new friend, Arthur Conan Doyle. Of course, by the time they return, the body has disappeared and the room has been cleared of all evidence. Not one to let Scotland Yard's insistence on evidence stop him, Oscar sets out to find the murderer.

There's lots of period detail about Victorian London, plenty of amusing Wilde witticisms -- including several actual quotes integrated into the dialogue -- and a not entirely unpredictable, but still enjoyable Holmesian mystery.

Good pick for fans of historical mysteries, Oscar Wilde, or Sherlock Holmes. The mysteries aren't as well plotted as Agatha Christie or Dorothy Sayers, but there's enough history and setting to still appeal.

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