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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:
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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.”


  • “A delicious bagatelle, frothier and more imaginative than its predecessor.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Gregory Gay | 1/13/2014

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

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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.