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Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders by Gyles Brandreth
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Aug 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, friendship, librarybook, mystery, sherlock
Read from August 20 to 30, 2012

I've enjoyed this book a great deal. The pair of "detectives" are delightful in the book, a clear fanfic of Holmes and Watson with Wilde playing the witty lead (so fitting, of course). But I cannot help but enjoy the metacontext, that Doyle himself is playing the everyman narrator of the events, not only as Watson did as a member of that classic couple but as he did in person as the ultimate author of the whole concept.

The mystery, not unentertaining although not of the most rigorous manner of solution--much more like the country house murder than a more modern handling. Really, it doesn't matter all that much in the face of the pleasant reading that gets us there.

I shall certainly be seeking out more of this series as I work my way through the surprising and delicious Sherlock written fandom.

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