- Audio CD
- Publisher: Chivers Audio Books (1 March 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0792784448
- ISBN-13: 978-0792784449
- Boxed-product Weight: 236 g
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Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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One of the most enjoyable crime series around.-- "Edinburgh Scotsman"
[An] intricate whodunit.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Intelligent...Delightful...Bill Wallis's narration [is] spirited and authentic to the time and place.-- "AudioFile"
A delicious bagatelle, frothier and more imaginative than its predecessor.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
About the Author
Gyles Brandreth is a prominent BBC broadcaster, theater producer, novelist, and biographer. He has written bestselling biographies of Britain's royal family and an acclaimed diary of his years as a Member of Parliament. He lives in London with his family.
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It takes place in 1892 London. Oscar Wilde, bon vivant extraordinaire, is at the top of his game professionally as LADY WINDEMERE'S FAN has opened and a huge hit. In his personal life, he spends time with other literary luminaries such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker. The three of them, along with others, are members of the Socrates Club--basically a supper club which meets on Sunday evenings. As the book begins, Mr. Wilde throws out the question to the other 13 men present at the meeting: "what person or persons would each of you most like to murder?"
Bizarre? Definitely. But it is intended to be only a game....until the next day when one of the named victims indeed meets a tragic end. Oscar Wilde (as Sherlock Holmes), is not only brilliant and cunning in his deductive reasoning but "wildely" entertaining. Oscar's dear friend, Robert Sherard, is again along for the ride and plays his role as Dr. Watson (as well as narrator of the book) very admirably.
One comes away from these forays into Victorian England feeling as though time has been spent with the inimitable Mr. Wilde. Tres amusant! More importantly, however, the author's ability to construct a tightly woven mystery is exquisite. The reading is fast and furious. Enjoy!
The next day; however, the first name drawn is indeed found dead. Then subsequent names on the list are found dead and Wilde and Sherard begin to investigate who is killing off the names of the people listed from their game. Sherard's narration is a page-turner filled with mystery, wit and charm as you don't want to put the book down for a minute. Brandreth has filled the novel with historical figures such as Donan Coyle, Bram Stroker, and Lord Alfred Douglas just to name a few. This is a colorful mystery which was a delight to read. I highly recommend all three of Brandreth's Oscar Wilde's mysteries.