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Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance
Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance: A Mystery | Gyles Brandreth
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Lovers of historical mysteries will relish this chilling Victorian tale based on real events and cloaked in authenticity. The first in a series of fiendishly clever historical murder mysteries, it casts British literatures most fascinating and controversial figure as the lead sleuth. A young artists model has been murdered, and legendary wit Oscar Wilde enlists his friends Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Sherard to help him investigate. But when they arrive at the scene of the crime they find no sign of the gruesome killingsave one small spatter of blood, high on the wall. Set in London, Paris, Oxford, and Edinburgh at the height of Queen Victorias reign, here is a gripping eyewitness account of Wildes secret involvement in the curious case of Billy Wood, a young man whose brutal murder served as the inspiration for The Picture of Dorian Gray. Told by Wildes contemporarypoet Robert Sherardthis novel provides a fascinating and evocative portrait of the great playwright and his own consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes creator, Arthur Conan Doyle.
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WanderingBookaneer
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@BookishMarginalia is in mystery lover‘s heaven right now. She was in awe of the selection of Oscar Wilde mysteries by Gyles Brandreth, but ended up stroking the Frances Brody mysteries.

Velvetfur Aaww lovely happy smile ☺️ 5mo
CarolynM I love that Frances Brody series - Kate Shackleton is a great character 5mo
Gissy So good to see you in this picture! You look so happy!! Que bueno verte! Un abrazo (Nice to see you, receive a big hug) 5mo
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Scochrane26
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Pickpick

Sitting on the sunporch listening to the last hour of this one. It was a little slow, & the murderer was pretty obvious. I still liked it though. Sometimes we need books that aren‘t too heavy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Scochrane26
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Our ky weather has been either rainy or on the edge of raining for about 5 days, which has made trying to walk interesting. It‘s also not helped my mood. Went to a park today that has a walking trail. 2nd walk of the #BFC week. Listening to the tagged book (went with the British title).

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CoffeeNBooks
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed reading this! I love Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle, so I had a great time reading this Sherlock Holmes-type story in which Wilde and Conan Doyle are friends and solve mysteries. I'm so glad I ordered the entire series from Thriftbooks!

IndoorDame Love this edition! 8mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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1. Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance, A Game of Thrones, Look Homeward Angel, A Midsummer Night's Dream
2. "My name is Robert Sherard, and I was a friend of Oscar Wilde."
3. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C.S. Lewis
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Amiable That‘s my favorite quote of all. 🥰 8mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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Saturday morning #coffeeandabook before my mom comes over to visit and have breakfast. I'm enjoying this Sherlock Holmes-ish book about Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle solving mysteries.

Jee_HookedOnBookz Love your mug! 😍😍 8mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz And the coffee! I've been seeing it around on Litsy alot and would love to try it! Where can I buy it? 8mo
Shakespearience What?! That sounds like an amazing premise!!! 8mo
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Shakespearience @Jee_HookedOnBookz I drink that coffee too. You can order online just search for Bones Coffee. I got their sampler the first time to see what flavors I liked. 8mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Shakespearience oh! Thank you so much! Are they only available online? 8mo
Shakespearience @Jee_HookedOnBookz I think so? I have never seen it in stores here. 8mo
CoffeeNBooks @Jee_HookedOnBookz I'm pretty sure it's only available online. 8mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @CoffeeNBooks oh dang! Hope their shipping fee is reasonable! 😅 8mo
Schlinkles I've read this whole series and it's really well done. 8mo
bookandbedandtea I almost started reading this book last weekend but grabbed something else instead. It's high on my TBR so I'm glad to hear your say it's good. 8mo
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jenniferw88
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Here you go @Lel2403 https://www.oscarwildemurdermysteries.com. Just be aware that in the US the title of #2 is Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder.

Lel2403 Brilliant thank you...also would you like to keep the copy of Seventeen? 11mo
jenniferw88 @Lel2403 many thanks for the offer, but I bought myself a copy for myself in November last year! 11mo
wordzie So 😎 😍 11mo
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bookandbedandtea
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"I don't waaant to work; I want to read this book," she whined. ?

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Laughterhp
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Mehso-so

This book was a so-so for me. I was kind of bored in the beginning and found myself skimming. I was really annoyed by Oscar Wilde and his over the topness and bipolar like tendencies. I know nothing about Wilde and if that‘s how he really was or if it‘s just embellishment. The second half of the book picked up for me and enjoyed the book. I didn‘t like how much like Sherlock he was, especially with Doyle in the story. #FreakyFriday - 1st one done!

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Laughterhp
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Starting my first book for #FreakyFriday - while snuggling with my pup. He‘s looking so handsome with his haircut! #dogsoflitsy #rainydayread

@jenniferw88 @monalyisha @Clwojick

DGRachel 😍🐶😍 2y
jenniferw88 Hope you enjoy! ❤ 2y
Hooked_on_books My dogs were veerrryyy interested in the books you mailed to me during our LMPBC rotation. I bet they were smelling your pup! 2y
Laughterhp @Hooked_on_books Haha I bet they were! 2y
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kyraleseberg
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Pickpick

A mystery told by Robert Sherard, acting as Watson to Wilde's Sherlock Holmes. Wilde informs his friend he has discovered the murder of a young man but circumstances make him hesitate to turn to Scotland Yard for investigation. At the urging of Arthur Conan Doyle, Wilde meets investigator Aiden Fraser and tells the tale, setting out to find the body which has gone missing.
Compulsively readable and filled with Wilde's infamous wit and wisdom!

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Jess_Read_This
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"What a lurid life Oscar does lead-so full of extraordinary incidents. What a chance for the memoir writers of the next century" ?

?Mystery book offerings for #MNO in #JubilantJuly. O's mystery involves Oscar Wilde as the lead sleuth teaming up with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Sherard to solve a murder.

#StartsWithMNO #Mystery #WhoDunnit #HasThereBeenAMurder #Bookstack

LeahBergen What a nice Sayers! 3y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Thank you! It was the first Sayers book I ever bought and led to a great many more... but this one is my prettiest book of hers I own. 3y
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jenniferw88
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Can't do my #LRC book as I'm hoping to get it out of my library and so haven't read it yet, but here is one that I #judgedbyitscover, and I'm so glad I did! @RealLifeReading #MarchintoReading. Will tag my #LRC book in the comments.

jenniferw88 This will be the book I read for #LRC2017 3y
britt_brooke Gorgeous cover! 3y
Suet624 That's a beautiful cover... 3y
Libby1 This is a great series. 3y
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ValerieAndBooks
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Mehso-so

I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. I can't put my finger on why. I love that era. I love the premise of this and the other Wilde mysteries in the series, which has Oscar Wilde & real-life friends & contemporaries involved in fictional mysteries. For instance Conan Doyle is in here, and Bram Stoker is in a later book. Maybe the later books improve? It did pique my interest in learning more about Wilde himself beyond basic knowledge.

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ValerieAndBooks
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Getting started late on my #litsypartyofone! Came back from dinner with hubby (he travels for work almost every week, so Fri nights we reconnect). Now I can relax with some of my current reads 📚 and a Left Hand Milk Stout. Fun times! I'll probably be heading to bed soon after the drink's done, though 😊! Right now it's almost 10:30pm 😴

QuintusMarcus Zamyatin's We seems to be showing up all over. Sign of the times, I guess. 3y
britt_brooke Love that beer. 🍻 3y
JacquelynLovesYou Ahh i need that book on Bayard Rustin!! Adding! 3y
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saresmoore @QuintusMarcus A sign of the times, indeed! @ValerieAndBooks, @vivastory, and I are doing an informal buddy read of We and then Brave New World—you are welcome to join. 3y
vivastory @saresmoore @ValerieAndBooks My copy should be arriving today. I still have no idea what happened to my other copy 😬 3y
ValerieAndBooks @britt_brooke it's good! Discovered it back when we lived in Colorado. 🍻👈 need a porter/stout emoji here! 3y
ValerieAndBooks @JacquelynLovesYou The Rustin book is very dense with details and info so I get bogged down occasionally but I still would like a copy of my own eventually (this is from the library). He grew up in my current town! 3y
ValerieAndBooks @QuintusMarcus chiming in with @saresmoore -- feel free to join us and @vivastory any time and/or add thoughts! 3y
ValerieAndBooks @vivastory it is sooooo frustrating when that happens. You'll probably find it the same day you finish reading your new copy! @saresmoore 3y
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ValerieAndBooks
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It kind of sucks that I've been having to use the laundromat these past few weeks, but at least I have this new-to-me mystery to start reading and a $1.75 pizza slice from next door. Not a big fan of real people being fictional sleuths but I love Oscar Wilde, so...and did you know he and Arthur Conan Doyle (also in here) were good friends IRL? I didn't until now.

Hobbinol It sounds like a fun book. Can't wait to hear if you like it. 3y
kspenmoll Had to use Laundromat several months - coffee shop next door & a book made it doable! 😍 3y
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apostroph_s

Wer es unterhaltsam mag, greift zu den „Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries“ von Gyles Brandreth. Wilde und sein „Sidekick“ Arthur Conan Doyle betätigen sich als Detektive und lösen Kriminalfälle; nebenbei gibt es noch reichlich Zeitkolorit des viktorianischen Englands. Und natürlich darf Wilde auch reichlich clevere Aphorismen anbringen. ?

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Mehso-so

Oscar Wilde and his friend, Arthur Conan Doyle, together with Robert Sherard (the great grandson of Wordsworth) investigate a crime in this historical murder series! How fabulous can it be! The plot is zany in this chilling Victorian tale. I love the premise, it's a fun read, but it wasn't as suspenseful as I hoped it would be and there wasn't very much detection going on. On the positive side, I like Wilde with his endless supply of witticisms.

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KendallMorganHall
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Pickpick

If you are looking for a light murder mystery, then you will probably really enjoy this series. As the title suggest, Oscar Wilde a main character, and so the book is filled with his witticisms. In this book, a young friend of Oscar's is killed and he tries to solve the murder.

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