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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848542496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848542495
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile

'Brandreth's portrait of Oscar Wilde is entirely plausible; plots are ingenious and the historical backgroud is fascinating'

(Scotsman)

'Cleverly plotted, intelligent and thoroughly diverting . . . This novel is an educated page-turner; a feast of intriguing and light-hearted entertainment' (Good Book Guide)

Praise for Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death

'Hugely enjoyable'

(Daily Mail)

'A cast of historical characters to die for' (Sunday Times)

'A carnival of cliff-hangers and fiendish twists-and-turns . . . The joy of the book . . . is the rounded and compelling presentation of the character of Wilde . . . The imaginary and the factual are woven together with devilish ingenuity. Brandreth also gives his hero speeches of great beauty and wisdom and humanity' (Sunday Express)

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In OSCAR WILDE AND THE NEST OF VIPERS, the fourth in Gyles Brandreth's acclaimed Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries series featuring Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle, the Prince of Wales asks Oscar to investigate a scandalous crime at the very heart of Victorian high society. 'Intelligent, amusing and entertaining' Alexander McCall Smith

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becki on 13 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I loved the previous work by Gyles Brandreth. His Oscar Wilde is well researched and impressive. however this book consists of a collection of evidence from Robert Sherard(one of the characters). Unfortunately it is very difficult to follow and little emphasis is put on creating the atmosphere in Victorian London. I was able to work out who was the murderer within the first fifteen pages. Sorry but it is not worth the read.
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By Mondoro TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
A skilfully-written, amusing and very entertaining tale that brings Oscar Wilde, outlandish dress, bon mots and all, vividly to life. Brandreth keeps it moving by alternating diary entries, telegrams etc, bringing various perspectives to the story as it unfolds. Those who are familiar with the lives of the 'real' characters such as Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker will pick up some of the hints about them (and others) dropped by the author, amplified in his final note for those unfamiliar with the period. As a whodunit, less successful, perhaps. The identity of the murderer is fairly obvious, and in places the narrative seems to be marking time, notably over the circumstances that led to the death at the Albemarles' reception. Incidentally, his Antonin Dvorak is not a Dvorak I have come across before.
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Format: Paperback
It was a joy to find a new, mildly put interesting writer. The set of characters alone is impressive like Arthur Conan Doyle, later Sir, HRH Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII or a composer like Antonin Dvorak. I have read my history books and was impressed that the author, Gyles Brandreth has too. I have found no inaccuracy. To make a book a citation of Robert Sherard's memories is smart enough but to make Oscar Wilde a detective and Robert Sherard his assistant is stretching limits of good taste. But it did work. I don't like to read Oscar Wilde's epigrams as an overwhelming list but here they are given a brilliant context.
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By fabrizio uffreduzzi on 5 Sept. 2013
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nice. I read some books in english to learn the language (sorry for my mistakes); maybe the plot is not so surprising and doesn't add anything to the history of mistery books, but the historical carachters are beautifully reconstructed, so as the environment that hosts them. this book is therefore a pleasant place to find yourself for a few hours, wich is basically what I ask of a historical novel. worth the full price.
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Format: Hardcover
Another jolly romp with crime-solving Oscar Wilde and his chums. Brandreth's "solutions" have a habit of being both predictable and improbable but that's not really the point. The fun in these stories are not the solutions by the road travelled in order to get to them. This book is one of the most enjoyable in this enjoyable series.
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By john on 8 Dec. 2013
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One of the best of the series. The plot is excellent and the outcome not the one expected. Highly recommended
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By Pas bloomer on 17 Dec. 2012
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Great read, full of twists and turns. Oscar is Sherlock Holmes' greatest rival for detail and logical thought. Well done Gyles
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I have read and enjoyed several other Oscar Wilde books written by Giles Brandreth, and this one does not disappoint.
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