Top positive review
on 11 February 2016
I like these very much and this one has not disappointed.
There's a poignant prologue with Robert Sherrard suggesting the case be published as he meets a dissipated Wilde in Paris near the end of his life before the story begins proper. It begins with Wilde and his trusty "Watson" Robert Sherrard, attending a soiree graced with the royal presence of Bertie, the future Edward the 7th and his son prince Eddy. After a suspicious death Wilde, Sherrard & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are summoned to the Royal presence and tasked with finding out if the death was accidental or murder.
They must untangle the truth from a large list of credible suspects e.g. the cuckolded husband and sinister doctors.
This is slightly more character than plot based but the characters are so well drawn that it still cracks along at a tremendous pace. Bram Stoker is put into the mix as well and his Dracula format is adopted with various note books and journals from different characters telling the story. Vampirisim both real and thematically is a current running through the book and is not overdone. I do not mean there are real vampires but there is much discussion of them.
As in previous stories; Wilde is a possible alcoholic and a man who cannot last many minutes without making some quotable remark. Doyle admits in his writings that it is a little wearing at times.
Even though the final denouement was a tiny bit disappointing, I enjoyed the rest of the book too much to quibble.
If you've enjoyed any of the others, you will like this one too.