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Good but not great
on 27 September 2008
Like a former reviewer has put it, I too am a sucker for the era described in this book, and I have a weak point for Oscar Wilde, one of my favourite authors and personas ever since I was a student. For these reasons, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; the language, the setting, the protagonist, are exactly my cup of tea!
This is a book dedicated to Oscar Wilde, it evolves around him. This is its biggest merit, and its greatest drawback: the story is intriguing enough, but the plot is rather weak; it lacks coherence, and the narrative often wanders, making the reader forget what they are supposed to be reading about, which is the story of a murder, and find themselves being instead drawn into the everyday life (which is undoubtedly interesting and intellectually stimulating) of Mr. Wilde, Mr. Conan Doyle, and their cirle of friends and aquaintances.
Give it a go by all means if you find the idea and the setting appealing, but do not do so expecting to read a gripping mystery.
I wonder whether the next books in the series might not have a few more things to offer, other than the novelty of Oscar Wilde playing the role of Sherlock Holmes...