Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Book Review: Oscar Wilde and A Game Called Murder

Title: Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder: A Mystery (Oscar Wilde Mysteries)
Author: Gyles Brandreth
Rating: ****
Tags: mystery, series, oscar wilde, arthur conan doyle, robert sharard

This is the second of a planned nine in Brandreth's Oscar Wilde series. Oscar has started a gentleman's club called the Socrates club, and invites interesting people to join, so that he can have good conversation with good food. Often the meetings have a theme or a game. One night the game is to write on a slip of paper the name of the person they would most like to murder, put it in a bag, and then the names would be read out with people guessing who put in each name. The answers are rather awkward, and in the coming days people on the list start dying. Oscar has to figure out what is happening and why.

Brandreth sticks as close as he can to history. One amusing bit of it in this book is Arthur Conan Doyle talking about how he wants to be rid of Sherlock Holmes, so that he can write other things.

Well-done book, looking forward to the rest of the series.

Publication Touchstone (2008), Paperback, 416 pages
Publication date 2008
ISBN 1416534849 / 9781416534846

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