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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (640 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gyles Brandreth Narrator: Bill Wallis Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781482982503
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I see murder in this unhappy hand... 

When Mrs. Robinson, palmist to the Prince of Wales, reads Oscar Wilde’s hand, she cannot know what she has predicted. Nor can Oscar know what he has set in motion when, that same evening, he proposes a game of “murder” in which each of his Sunday Supper Club guests must write down those whom they would like to kill. The fourteen “victims” begin to die mysteriously, one by one, and in the order in which their names were drawn from the bag. With growing horror Wilde and his confidants, Robert Sherard and Arthur Conan Doyle, realize that one of their guests that evening must be the murderer. In a race against time, Wilde will need all his powers of deduction and knowledge of human behavior before he himself—the thirteenth name on the list—becomes the killer’s next victim.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frynsg | 2/7/2014

    " I did not like the ending of this one. I wanted something more sensational! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Surreysmum | 1/27/2014

    " 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 himself does not come off at all well, though his sons do rather better - Drumlanrig, in particular, seeming like a rather nice if somewhat beleaguered young chap; Bosie is (doubtless accurately) described as being beautiful but indolent and selfish. I enjoyed, as always, Brandreth's deliberate wide range of eccentrics in late nineteenth-century London. Looking forward to the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Whisner | 1/13/2014

    " Super fun, especially for Wildeans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory Gay | 1/13/2014

    " Clever, easy read. Perfect for those morning bus rides. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom Wamser | 1/5/2014

    " The mystery is very weak, but the depiction of Wilde is fun. Still there is much to much foreshadowing of what will happen to him to be a cedible portrait. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 12/19/2013

    " Very clever and fun to read! I love books who use real life people as characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/9/2013

    " A good read, entertaining, light in style and keeps you interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shomeret | 12/9/2013

    " I liked this book much better than the first one in the series, Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance. The case is more interesting and I like the way the author is gradually revealing Wilde to us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 10/10/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, it was a fun read, and I really thought the ending was great. I have to admit though I liked his first book better. I found it more cohesive and witty. Still this was a worthwhile and enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 9/19/2013

    " This book was a pleasant read. I was hoping for a story more like the Alienist by Caleb Carr! but this was a much lighter story. With that being said it was fun and I have to say I enjoyed it . "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samra Muslim | 7/30/2013

    " Didn't like it ... primarliy coz it started too dry for me!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 6/9/2013

    " The second in an Oscar Wilde mystery series. Enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mara | 4/11/2013

    " Leggerino e facilmente leggibile. Divertente Oscar Wilde nel ruolo di detective ante litteram. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susanne Gruß | 3/16/2013

    " actually liked this slightly better than the first one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle | 9/27/2012

    " Gyles Brandreth does it again! The second book starring Oscar Wilde as a sleuth is as enjoyable as the first (Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance A Mystery. We are introduced to more of Oscar Wilde's friends and are quickly drawn in to a complex and dark mystery. An altogether satisfying read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Iñaki Tofiño | 8/8/2012

    " Second of the series; not so witty, not so intelligent, somehow too long and messy. Enough with Oscar Wilde posing as a detective... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabrina | 5/4/2012

    " Interesting and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander | 4/15/2012

    " 'I see murder in this unhappy hand...' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BooksnWool | 4/6/2012

    " If possible I loved this chilling story even more than the first. A classic. (Alternatively titled 'A game called murder'.) "

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About the Author
Author Gyles Brandreth

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.

About the Narrator

Bill Wallis has performed in over two hundred radio series and plays, while among his numerous productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company are The Alchemist, The Master Builder, and Twelfth Night. He is also a prolific film and television actor, having made numerous appearances in such productions as Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Midsomer Murders, Bad Girls, Doctors, Poirot, and as Dr. Nick MacKenzie in Dangerfield.