Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death Paperback
Part of the Oscar Wilde Mystery series
In OSCAR WILDE AND THE RING OF DEATH, the second in Gyles Brandreth's acclaimed Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries series featuring Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle, a parlour game of 'Murder' has lethal consequences...'Intelligent, amusing and entertaining' Alexander McCall Smith 'I see murder in this unhappy hand...' When Mrs Robinson, palmist to the Prince of Wales, reads Oscar Wilde's palm 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. For 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 confidantes Robert Sherard and Arthur Conan Doyle, realise 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 behaviour before he himself - the thirteenth name on the list - becomes the killer's next victim.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
- Publication Date: 05/02/2009
- Category: Historical mysteries
- ISBN: 9780719569609
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Review by dsc73277
Terrific fun. Even better than the first in the series. I'm generally uncomfortable with creating fictional events involving real historic characters, but these books are so good that I willing put aside such scruples.
Review by devenish
Oscar Wilde and a circle of his friends,famous and not so famous,meet at a club invented by Wilde. On this particular occasion,the "Socrates Club" play a game thought out by Wilde called quite simple 'Murder'. Each member writes the name of someone he would like to kill he then places the slip of paper in a hat . The name is then drawn out by someone else and members attempt to discover who wishes to murder whom. When people begin to die in reality Oscar Wilde in his role of detective,sets out to discover just who is the killer.This is the second in this series of books by Gyles Brandreth and they are certainly clever and enjoyable reads. I am always a little uncertain when real characters and fictional ones are mixed as it doesn't always work. Here however it seems to gel fairly happily. It is not too difficult a task to discover the killer but that doesn't spoil the overall enjoyment.