Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder: A Mystery

Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder A Mystery 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 and Wilde is the toast of L
  • Title: Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder: A Mystery
  • Author: Gyles Brandreth
  • ISBN: 9781416534846
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder: A Mystery
    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 quesThe 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 question Who would you most like to kill Wilde and friends including Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, and poet Robert Sherard the novel s narrator write the names of their victims on pieces of paper and choose them one by one After leaving the party, Wilde scoffs at the suggestion that he may have instigated a very dangerous game indeed The very next day, the game takes an all too sinister turn when the first victim turns up dead Soon Wilde and his band of amateur detectives must travel through the realms of politics, theatre, and even boxing to unearth whose misguided passions have the potential to become deadly poisonst only for the perpetrator of the seemingly perfect crimes but also for the trio of detectives investigating them Richly atmospheric and as entertaining as Wilde himself, this book is the second in a series destined to delight mystery readers and fans of historical fiction alike.
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    Oscar Wilde May , Oscar Fingal O Flahertie Wills Wilde October November was an Irish poet and playwright After writing in different forms throughout the s, the early s saw him become one of the most popular playwrights in London. Oscar Wilde Biography, Books, Facts Britannica Oscar Wilde, in full Oscar Fingal O Flahertie Wills Wilde, born October , , Dublin, Ireland died November , , Paris, France , Irish wit, poet, and dramatist whose reputation rests on his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray , and on his comic masterpieces Lady Windermere s Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest He was a spokesman Oscar Wilde Quotes, Books Poems Biography Oscar Fingal O Flahertie Wills Wilde was born on October , , in Dublin, Ireland His father, William Wilde, was an acclaimed doctor who was knighted for his work as a medical advisor for the Oscar Wilde the tragic real life story Grunge Feb , Oscar Wilde will always be remembered for his wit and writing, as well as his imprisonment for gross indecency in when he was years old The charges stemmed from his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, son of the Marquess of Queensberry. The Aesthetic Movement Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde was the major representative of the Aesthetic Movement He was born in Dublin in , the son of a surgeon chirurgo and of an ambitious literary woman He gained a first class degree in Classics and distinguished himself for his eccentricity. Oscar O Flahertie Wills Wilde Wikisource, the free days agoWorks about Wilde Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions , by Frank Harris Memories of Oscar Wilde printed as appendix to the above by George Bernard Shaw Oscar Wilde, an Idler s Impression , by Edgar Everston Saltus To R R On Rereading the De Profundis of Oscar Wilde , a poem by Florence Earle Coates. Oscar Wilde Trial HISTORY Dec , Oscar Wilde was a playwright, novelist, poet and celebrity in late nineteenth century London His flamboyant dress, cutting wit and eccentric lifestyle often put him at odds with the social norms

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  • Gyles Brandreth

    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 for You , an acclaimed interviewer principally for the Sunday Telegraph , a novelist, children s author and biographer, his best selling diary, Breaking the Code, was described as By far the best political diary of recent years, far perceptive and revealing than Alan Clark s The Times and Searingly honest, wildly indiscreet, and incredibly funny Daily Mail He is the author of two acclaimed royal biographies Philip Elizabeth Portrait of a Marriage and Charles Camilla Portrait of a Love Affair In 2007 2008, John Murray in the UK and Simon Schuster in the US began publishing The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries, his series of Victorian murder mysteries featuring Oscar Wilde as the detective.As a performer, Gyles Brandreth has been seen most recently in ZIPP ONE HUNDRED MUSICALS FOR LESS THAN THE PRICE OF ONE at the Duchess Theatre and on tour throughout the UK, and as Malvolio and the Sea Captain in TWELFTH NIGHT THE MUSICAL at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.Gyles Brandreth is one of Britain s busiest after dinner speakers and award ceremony hosts He has won awards himself, and been nominated for awards, as a public speaker, novelist, children s writer, broadcaster Sony , political diarist Channel Four , journalist British Press Awards , theatre producer Olivier , and businessman British Tourist Authority Come to Britain Trophy.He is married to writer and publisher Mich le Brown, with whom he co curated the exhibition of twentieth century children s authors at the National Portrait Gallery and founded the award winning Teddy Bear Museum now based at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon He is a trustee of the British Forces Foundation, and a former chairman and now vice president of the National Playing Fields Association.Gyles Brandreth s forebears include George R Sims the highest paid journalist of his day, who wrote the ballad Christmas Day in the Workhouse and Jeremiah Brandreth the last man in England to be beheaded for treason His great great grandfather, Benjamin Brandreth, promoted Brandreth s Pills a medicine that cured everything and was a pioneer of modern advertising and a New York state senator Today, Gyles Brandreth has family living in New York, Maryland, South Carolina and California He has been London correspondent for Up to the Minute on CBS News and his books published in the United States include the New York Times best seller, The Joy of Lex and, most recently, Philip Elizabeth Portrait of a Royal Marriage.


  • 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 , he also has this ability to predict what is to happen next, simply by being so observant and mindful of h [...]

  • In this installment, we see Oscar turning from effervescent to snarky His flaws are revealed, and yet you love him as a man for it The mystery is much darker, complex, and there is a host of character to know and love.

  • 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 Marquis hi [...]

  • 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 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 invented, [...]

  • 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 thral [...]

  • Another complex mystery murders in a boxing ring and in a locked house featuring Oscar and his friends, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Sherard, Bram Stoker, Willing Hornung, Wat Sickert, and various others including The Marquess of Queensberry and actor Charles Brookfield.

  • This is the second book in the Oscar Wilde Murder Mystery series and the first one I read They can be read as stand alone though from this book I realized I want to read them all They follow different times in Wilde s life and create instances where he has to solve a murder.In this book whose name comes from two things 1xing and 2 a game of murder Wilde organized a monthly dinner with his friends where they also play different games In this case, they play a game where they say if they could, wh [...]

  • Another in the series of Oscar Wilde as a detective Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is again in it and also Bram Stoker, Walter Sickert and the Marquess of Queensbury.During a dinner of the Socrates Club, Wilde proposes a game of Murder with the question of Who would you kill Each attendee writes their choice on a slip of paper which are then drawn randomly and read All is done in fun and games until the names on that list start turning up dead in the sequence they appear on the list Who is the murderer [...]

  • 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 , knowing a good deal about Oscar Wilde s life story gives 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 personality s pretty amazing.The crime of this novel revolves a [...]

  • After instigating an after dinner game where the guests have to write down the name of someone they would like to murder, Oscar Wilde is disturbed when the first victim to be mentioned in their game, is killed not long after Soon victims from the game are killed, one after another, in the order that their names were read out, and Mr Wilde himself is on that list Aided by his friend, real life biographer, and the narrator of the Oscar Wilde detective series, poet Robert Sherard, as well as appea [...]

  • 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 murder on [...]

  • Much better than the first book in the Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries series, this novel was a faster read, with 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 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.

  • I enjoyed this book It was easy reading during lunch time at work I don t often read mystery series books but when I saw that Oscar Wilde was the main character, I was intrigued This kept my attention and this series is making me want to learn about Wilde and his works I intend to read the others at some point Life is too important to be taken seriously

  • Gyles Brandreth writes beautifully.This particular book which reminded me somewhatof Agatha Christie s Ten Little Indians , Ifound didn t quite match up to his earlier books.Some of the plot was a wee bit far fetched , andat other times rather predictable.Notwithstanding, an enjoyable historical romp.

  • ExcellentAnother great read here from brandreth again I look forward to reading his third book in the series Would highly recommend Great knowledge of Wilde mixed with a great mystery story.

  • Well, I loved the first in this series oscar wilde and the candlelight murders , and have done a review about it as well I was really looking forward to this one, as the setting is just my kind of murder mystery story.So first off, I really enjoyed this book, and would have given it 4 stars, right up until the end, when it really dissappointed me.I adored the characters, as I did when I read the first book Brandreth has captured Wilde, Bosie, Constance and the children wonderfully, and although [...]

  • The writing is clever, as you would expect it to be purporting to be Oscar Wilde speaking and detecting, but sometimes it seems to be speaking for the sake of being clever rather than moving the story along.It was interesting enough to keep me reading to the end, and I will go back now and read the author s first book featuring OW.

  • Lo que m s me ha gustado no es la investigaci n de los asesinatos, sino los datos biogr ficos sobre Oscar Wilde y los personajes que lo rodearon, y aunque es una novela de ficci n y no una biograf a, s que aporta una visi n particular de la vida del autor, as como de la sociedad en la que vivi.

  • Charming You feel drawn into Oscar Wilde s charm, even while you re noting his excesses and lack of thoughtful behaviour I enjoyed the mystery, and the chase of finding out who the killer is in time.

  • This is a lightweight, fun series that includes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde and a number of their friends in a fictional setting I didn t love this the way I did the first in the series, but it is still quite good.

  • The first murders in Oscar Wilde and the Game of Murder are metaphors, part of a game refereed by Wilde himself where every guest at dinner secretly writes down the person who would be the most welcome murder victim for each Then, the companions were to guess who the would be perpetrator might be Though some of the victims are abstract in the sense of Old Father Time and Eros, some of the others on the list are so disconcerting that the game breaks up before it is finished But when the suggested [...]

  • 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 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 group.On this p [...]

  • 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 a [...]

  • Detektivn rom n Oscar Wilde a kruh smrti je netypick p edev m sv mi postavami P esto e je mnoho rom n s historick mi postavami, Oscar Wilde z sk v jako lidsk bytost pln nov rozm r Nen to jen oby ejn spisovatel, ale man el a otec, p tel, pozoruhodn v mav mu a amat rsk detektiv Nev m, jestli jste n kdy vid li jeho portr t, ale pro mne byl Oscar Wilde v dy romanticky atraktivn mlad mu A najednou je to zna n obtloustl mu s pov eneck m odporem ke v emu, co se mu zd o kliv Oscar prost miluje kr su a k [...]

  • 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 I did [...]

  • 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 neighbour s [...]

  • 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 wife [...]

  • 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 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 so th [...]

  • 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 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 dying each day Oscar is on that list, as well as his [...]

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