Saturday, January 10, 2009
Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance (UK)
Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance
By: Gyles Brandreth
Review by: Lauren
If you've read my zine Shooting Stars Mag for awhile, you might remember this review. However, I wanted to re-post it on this blog since it fits the theme and I think it's a great, unique novel. I have the sequel at my house now and I can't wait to read it!
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.