Apr 29, 2017
To me, the book might be called, "Oscar Wilde and a Book of No Importance." The only thing I like about it is the clearly Victorian and Edwardian atmosphere the author is successful in sharing about the time Wilde lived.
I really don't like having real people turned into fictional sleuths. Because Oscar Wilde lived life large (and had a notorious ending), the author must have thought that there were those who would enjoy learning more about this 'larger-than-life' man. However, I walked away with no new knowledge about the inner workings of this gifted writer. The person in the book never seemed real; he was just a caricature of a famous person.
I forced myself to finish this book; hoping it would get better. Wilde's flamboyant style, the easy grace, and other biographical details are all in evidence. However, I know nothing more about what made Oscar Wilde the unique person he was during his lifetime.
Oscar Wilde, using Arthur Conan Doyle's tactics to solve the murders, just didn't work for me. Sherlock Holmes was meticulous in his reasoning, while Oscar Wilde seemed to be too showy to resort to such painstaking efforts.
I was looking for substance; what made Oscar Wilde such a unique person and writer? This book gives examples of Wilde's uniqueness, but no substance or meaning behind his actions.
Oscar Wilde Series
**1. Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders (2007)
aka Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance
2. Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death (2008)
aka Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder
3. Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile(2009)
4. Oscar Wilde and the Nest of Vipers(2010)
aka Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders
5. Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders(2011)
6. Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol (2012)