Thursday, August 21, 2008

Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance

Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance
By: Gyles Brandreth
Review by: Lauren

Oscar Wilde (author/playwright), Robert Sherard (poet/journalist), and Arthur Conan Doyle (author) come together in this fictional story of murder and suspense. Told in Sherard's point of view, Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance, fully begins when Wilde comes across the dead body of a friend, Billy Wood. However, once Wilde tries to go back and prove there has been a murder, the body is missing and the room has been cleaned.

Doyle sends Wilde to his friend Aidan Fraser of the Scotland Yard, but with no body, Fraser feels he can't start an investigaion. Knowing that a friend of his has been killed, Wilde sets out on his own search to bring justice to this crime.

The story is full of mystery, murder, intellect, and Wilde's witticisms. In the fashion of Doyle's creation, Sherlock Holmes, Wilde has a keen eye for detail and becomes a skilled detective himself. Highly recommended. I can't wait for the sequel, which comes out this September.

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Hayden said...

I've heard about this book and thought what a cheeky idea it was to write Oscar Wilde as an amateur sleuth.

Thanks for reviewing this! I need to get my grubby paws on a copy, pronto.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Hayden: It does kind of fit his personality, doesn't it? I really loved the book so I hope you enjoy it!
No problem. :)


Booked Books said...

I love the comparison to Sherlock Holmes. I haven't read the book yet, but I've heard of it...and guess what? I'm a Sherlock Holmes fan. Thanks for the review!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Booked Books: You're welcome and I would definitely give it a read then. I think you might like it. I've always meant to read more Sherlock Holmes stories...I need too!


Dorlana said...

Anything with Wilde's name gets my attention. I am curious to see how the author used him as a character.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Dorlana: I can relate to that. I do need to read more of Wilde's work. I thought the author really portrayed Wilde well...but if you read the book, I'd love to know what you think!


cuileann said...

Sounds delish. I'll have to wait until I've actually read some of their works before I read it, though...:P I've only seen an Oscar Wilde movie adaptation. Shameful, I know.

Btw, your background makes me happy.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

cuileann: I'm glad you think so. And what Wilde movie did you see? And I think you can always read this book before you read their actual work...but if not, definitely add to your wish list. I highly enjoyed it!

Thanks for the compliment. I'm so glad you like the background. I wasn't sure about it. :)