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"The Return of Sherlock Wilde",
This review is from: Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death (Oscar Wilde Mystery) (Paperback)
More of the same in a book that is in some ways a match for Candlelight Murders (1st in the series) and in others an improvement.
The plot is certainly a good deal stronger. Here Wilde at a dinner for the Socrates Club, proposes a silly game whereby everyone must in secret write the name of who they would like to murder on a piece of paper. Arthur Conan Doyle finds the game in poor taste & is proved right as the victims nominated on paper slips are apparently being bumped off 1 by 1.
Wilde aided by his "Watson" Robert Sherrard and other friends must unravel the truth particularly as Oscar and wife Constance have been nominated for death too.
As before Wilde is well characterised as a bon vivant, ruthlessly witty and possibly feeling the need to live up to his reputation. Negative sides to his character are shown too e.g. his prejudice toward unnattractive people. He even seems relieved Sherrard and others are a little in love with Constance as noticing the changes age has wrought on her beauty, he has begun to find her less attractive.
He's clearly quite a drinker too as few chapters pass by without him stopping for a glass of something.
The cast of characters real and fictitious are good and the resolution ( I was half right) plays fair as one you can look back at the clues you missed.
I recommend this to those who enjoyed the Candlelight Murders and all who enjoy quirky detective stories.