Wilde about these mysteries!

OSCAR WILDE AND THE NEST OF VIPERS

BY GYLES BRANDRETH

I have previously written on this blog about my love of the Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries Series. Nest of Vipers is the fourth book in the run. Not quite my favourite but neither did it disappoint. We join the story in 1890 as the game is afoot after The Duchess of Albemarle is found dead with two small puncture marks in her neck following a glamorous reception.

The Prince of Wales, sensing foul play, asks Oscar Wilde and his friend Arthur Conan Doyle to quietly investigate the crime for fear of a public scandal.

A thrilling pursuit unfurls that includes royalty, hysteria, vampires and dancers from the Moulin Rouge. The story is brilliantly told through the letters, journal extracts and diary entries by the central characters adding pace and excitement to the slow reveal.

As with all his books, Brandreth’s Wilde is convincing and dazzlingly entertaining as a detective.The dialogue is richly enjoyable and there is no denying that our author certainly knows his stuff. Full of twists and turns and glorious Wildean wit, there is nothing not to love here.

Highly recommended.

SOUTHSEA BOOKWORM RATING: 8.5/10

Notes on the author – Gyles Brandreth

  •  He is a writer, broadcaster, former MP and government whip
  • Currently a reporter on BBC1’s The One Show and a regular on Radio 4’s Just a Minute
  • These acclaimed Victorian detective stories are now being published in 21 countries around the world.
  • Many my age will known him as the man in the crazy woolly jumpers on breakfast television in the 1980s
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The game is afoot

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OSCAR WILDE & A GAME CALLED MURDER BY GYLES BRANDRETH

The second witty and fascinating book in the Oscar Wilde Mystery series by author, broadcaster and former MP, Gyles Brandreth. This hugely entertaining fictionalised series focuses on Oscar as an amateur sleuth, joined on his investigations by famous friends including Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and their elite circle.

The game is afoot as Oscar invites his friends and acquaintances to join him at the Cadogan Hotel for another Sunday Supper Club. During the merriment of the evening, the great wit cajoles his guests into a game – with murderous consequences.

The gathered writers, poets, politicians, sportsmen and clergymen are all asked, in jest, to secretly name someone they would most like to murder. In the subsequent week, the named victims (some of whom are Oscar’s guests) begin to drop like flies. Oscar smells murder most foul but can he solve the mystery before he loses his own life?

This book like the others in the series is a work of genius with its complex and exciting plot that zips along. An intelligent story, full of gorgeous Wildean wit and language that I read over and over just to savour the words. Brandreth and Wilde are made for each other. The stuff that is real is believeable and the invented is as wonderful, if not more so.

Sparkling and atmospheric throughout, this series is murder mystery at its best.

SOUTHSEA BOOKWORM RATING: 9/10

Notes on the author – Gyles Brandrethgyles brandreth

  • He is a writer, broadcaster, former MP and government whip
  • Currently a reporter on BBC1’s The One Show and a regular on Radio 4’s Just a Minute
  • These acclaimed Victorian detective stories are now being published in 21 countries around the world.
  • Many my age will known him as the man in the crazy woolly jumpers on breakfast television in the 1980s