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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (357 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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Paris, 1883. Oscar Wilde, aged twenty-seven, has come to the city of decadence to discover its charms, to rekindle his friendship with the divine Sarah Bernhardt, and to collaborate with France’s most celebrated actor-manager, Edmond La Grange. Oscar discovers dark secrets lying at the heart of the La Grange company, and is confronted by murders both foul and bizarre. To solve the crimes, to unravel the mystery, Oscar risks his life—and his reputation—embarking on a dangerous adventure that takes him from bohemian night clubs to an asylum for the insane, from a duel in the Buttes de Chaumont to the gates of Reading Gaol.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An entertaining and meticulously researched piece of pop fiction about Wilde and his circle.”

    Washington Post

  • “Immensely enjoyable, one of the best in the canon of literary mysteries.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Excellent…John Dickson Carr fans will be gratified.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “We were completely enchanted.”

    Denver Post, on Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cathy Dearson | 2/17/2014

    " Good fun - reads less as a mystery and more as a Wilde biography. Lots of historical details and insight into Oscar - the mystery plot definitely takes second place, but it's an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mirte | 2/7/2014

    " I really enjoyed reading this book! It was a smooth read, the language really spoke to me, and the way the characters were developed was realistic and suited my idea of the decadence in France very well. The story itself had the right amount of excitement and scare in it, with a mindboggling climax. Certainly a must-read for those in love with the Victorian era :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bridget | 1/10/2014

    " This third installment in the Oscar Wilde mysteries continues the trend of style slightly outweighing substance. But when that style is Oscar Wilde and Robert Sherard drinking absinthe in late 19th century Paris with Sarah Bernhardt, who cares? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 1/3/2014

    " Love me some Oscar Wilde murder mystery solvin'! Can't wait to read the rest of this series. "

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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.