Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man s Smile Playwright and raconteur Oscar Wilde embarks on another adventure as he sets sail for America in the s on a roller coaster of a lecture tour But the adventure doesn t truly begin until Oscar board

  • Title: Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile
  • Author: Gyles Brandreth
  • ISBN: 9780719569210
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • Playwright and raconteur Oscar Wilde embarks on another adventure as he sets sail for America in the 1880s on a roller coaster of a lecture tour But the adventure doesn t truly begin until Oscar boards an ocean liner headed back across the Atlantic and joins a motley crew led by French impresario Edmond La Grange As Oscar becomes entangled with the La Grange acting dynasPlaywright and raconteur Oscar Wilde embarks on another adventure as he sets sail for America in the 1880s on a roller coaster of a lecture tour But the adventure doesn t truly begin until Oscar boards an ocean liner headed back across the Atlantic and joins a motley crew led by French impresario Edmond La Grange As Oscar becomes entangled with the La Grange acting dynasty, he suspects that all is not as it seems What begins with a curious death at sea soon escalates to a series of increasingly macabre tragedies once the troupe arrives in Paris to perform Hamlet A strange air of indifference surrounds these seemingly random events, inciting Oscar to dig deeper, aided by his friends Robert Sherard and the divine Sarah Bernhardt What he discovers is a horrifying secret one that may bring him closer to his own last chapter than anyone could have imagined.As intelligent as it is beguiling, this third installment in the richly historical mystery series is sure to captivate and entertain.

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    1. Marvellous book with Oscar Wilde as detective.A series of mysterious deaths, aboard ship and in France, see Oscar Wilde and Robert Sherard (a real life friend of Wilde's, who later became a journalist) seeking a killer.The joy of this book, apart from Wilde's delicious bon mots, is the fact that Gyles Brandreth has tucked the story into a real part of Oscar's life. He really was in the places Brandreth puts him at the times he is in the book. However, he most likely wasn't solving crimes at the [...]

    2. It was a tedious read. Even though it got really good as the end approached, it was nevertheless a tedious read and required a certain amount of concentration. Still I quite enjoyed certain parts of it.

    3. Gyles Brandreth's series of Oscar Wilde mysteries continues with a tale centred on Paris with trips to Colorado, New York and London inbetween.The tale has a theatrical background with Sarah Bernhardt featuring strongly as Edmond La Grange, himself a top actor/manager, taking centre stage. He has his family with him, son, daughter and mother as between them they play and produce the perfect Hamlet.Unfortunately things happen that disrupt the proceedings dramatically and it is left to Oscar Wilde [...]

    4. There's nothing particularly unpleasant about this book, it just took me awhile to get through it. The author (a BBC broadcaster and former member of Parliament) weaves history with fiction throughout the book. That said, I knew that he really couldn't tarnish the names of Oscar Wilde and Robert Sherard while incorporating a murder mystery. He did paint a witty, ingenious portrait of Oscar Wilde which made me feel like I knew him personally. Robert Sherard, sometimes, not as smart. Maybe that wa [...]

    5. Although the premise of a famous historical luminary assuming the mantle of amateur detective is nothing new, I found the idea of having Oscar Wilde as a sleuth inspired. He was famously a very witty and intelligent man, so it doesn’t take too much of a dramatic leap in thinking to suggest he had a head for solving mysteries.I thoroughly enjoyed many aspects of this book. The author does an excellent job not only with the mysteries plausibility and plotting, but with the characterisation and s [...]

    6. It's a testament to Brandreth's talent that each successive Oscar Wilde Mystery reveals more about the character and is just as enjoyable as what proceeded it. This is particularly noteworthy as I was rather apprehensive about this volume as this is the first one that doesn't follow chronologically. Well, that's not entirely true. The frame story follows the previous two, but the bulk of the story takes place in 1881-82 in the United States, London and Paris.I was wondering how this would play o [...]

    7. While I say that I read this novel, I would be vaugely lying. I skimmed it, which was a shame since I really wanted to enjoy this book. Oscar Wilde coupled with a murder-mystery? How can you get any better than that?It was more the style of writing that put me off. I was determined to not have to put this book on my 'didn't-finish' shelf, because I was actually excited to read it.First and foremost, the chapter layout was a particular mess, although this is a minor defect considering only the se [...]

    8. I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. This third one left me cold, unfortunately, and I did not finish it.The first two books really provided exposure to the witty, sparkling personality that we have come to know as Wilde`s - the clever comments, the snappy repartee with all those around him. I felt like that was missing in the first 10 chapters of this installment (where I stopped).This book also felt very slow-paced to me. The murder had not yet occurred at chapter nine, and the [...]

    9. Anyone who does not yet know that I am an Oscar Wilde fan has not been paying attention. Thus, when I saw Gyles Brandreth's book on the shelf at my local library, I had to give the story a go.Brandreth has taken several real-life incidents from Wilde's life and built a clever and complex murder mystery around them. The main action takes place in Paris, during the time in which Wilde translated "Hamlet" into French for a local theatre group. Murders begin to plague the company, along with hints o [...]

    10. I enjoyed this story - I listened to it on audiobook in the car to and from the theatre where I work part time so it entertained me on lots of levels. Thankfully have yet to deal with actors full of chamagne and laudanum and such completely entangled and complicated off stage lives! Oscar Wilde is a fascinating person anyway and even though this story is fictional I could imagine him being amused being cast in the role of detective. An entertaining distraction to compliment the academic tomes th [...]

    11. The law of diminishing returns seems to have caught up with this series, and we still have three more books to go through before this series, that had ostensibly sought to capture Wilde-Doyle duo as the real life Holmes-Watson (but established the claim to be an outrageous lie in the very first book), comes to a close. This one, almost entirely based on shenanigans of 1880-s Parisians (mostly actors, if that justifies the portrayal), was pretty tiresome, and even Oscar Wilde's delightful wit cou [...]

    12. Actually a 4.5 star book. Another great roller-coaster and witty read. I found this book to be more dark and more problematic than the previous book in terms not of open-relationships and drug use but in terms of views and speech on women, animals, mental health, racism and the brute prison system. These theme may be triggering.At the same time, as a historical fiction mystery book, it did its job. It showed the dark side of the time but also the bright side. In many aspects, the 1880s were open [...]

    13. Third book in this series and I'm still enjoying!This time Oscar Wilde is in America on a lecture tour in the 1880s. A rough and tumble time in the country. While at a stop in Leadville, Colorado, Oscar made the acquaintance of Eddie Garstrang. Garstrang was a professional gambler and marksman/sharpshooter. Garstrang also rescued Wilde from a bad situation in a casino.Sailing by back to England he meets up with the French impresario Edmond La Grange and his entourage. The entourage that includes [...]

    14. I actually didn't finish this :( Seemed just my kind of thing - Oscar Wilde and sleuthing - what's not to like? Sadly it just took so long to get anywhere and the switch between characters by chapters didn't flow. Shame really.

    15. Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man’s Smile is both a sequel and a prequel. The initial interaction takes place after the events in Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder, but the body of the work follows a conceit that Wilde’s admiring protégé (not to be confused with other roles that might have been played by young men in Wilde’s life) had written a memoir of his first experiences with Oscar and that the mystery or mysteries involved were wrapped around their exploits. And so it is that the adv [...]

    16. Conseguí esta novela luego de leer algo sobre las dos precedentes y tener cierta curiosidad de ver a Wilde como detective. Sabía que el verdadero Oscar sí conoció a Conan Doyle ―el creador de Sherlock Holmes―, pero de ahí a creer en la mínima posibilidad de que, al menos en ficción, alguien colocara a Wilde como el modelo del cual Doyle calcaría a su personaje más famoso, me parecía algo demasiado absurdo. Por eso, apenas vi esta novela y recordé las otras dos, la compré. Es obvi [...]

    17. I have fond memories of Gyles Brandreth and his jumpers from my childhood on TV-am and still enjoy his media appearances, even if he is a Tory. I've never until now encountered any of his written work but this was a pleasant introduction to it. This is part of a series starring Oscar Wilde in a detective role, solving murder mysteries, with a dramatis personae of historical characters, including Robert Sherard and Arthur Conan Doyle. The real characters are woven skilfully into the narrative and [...]

    18. Clever and unusual murders and the solution to the mystery aside, the historical aspects of the novel are engaging as are the salacious peeks into the dark underbelly of late nineteenth century Paris. Known to one and all for his pithy witticisms as well as his ability to regurgitate the equally amusing social observations of others, Oscar comes across as a varitable warehouse of pronouncements arrived at following intelligent scrutiny of the human animal, i.e "The foolish and the dead alone nev [...]

    19. Brandreth is a well-known broadcaster, but I hadn't realised he was such a prolific writer, having established the real Oscar Wilde in a fictional new career as an amateur detective. Set in the 1880s, mostly in Paris, this is a tale of drinking, drugs, and phenomenal acting. Edmond La Grange, the top-earning actor-manager of the day, has hired Oscar to produce a new translation of Hamlet. On their return voyage to Paris, a series of deaths begin. Oscar befriends Richard Sherrard in Paris, introd [...]

    20. I won't spoil the ending of this mystery, since it is quite ingenious. It's a classic double ending, the first seeming much too neat, and the true revelation coming years afterwards in the apparently irrelevant frame.Loved the historical accuracy of it all, and especially the introduction of Arthur Conan Doyle, and of Robert Sherard as the narrator (at least for most of it). The latter gave some plausibility to the naive viewpoint in which we were led to the first ending. I had my doubts about O [...]

    21. I was pretty much convinced that I would read all these "Oscar Wilde" mysteries, because I so enjoyed A Death of No Importance. I didn't like this one as much, though it was still a fun read. While the first book focused on both story and style, this one was primarily the latter—I often found myself wondering what the plot was, and if they did anything but drink absinthe and champagne at all hours of the day. These stories are based on real people, and Brandreth tries to bring them to life, an [...]

    22. This series continues to amaze me in the incredible level of biographical and historical detail of the lives and times surrounding Oscar Wilde. Added to this is an intriguing and satisfying murder mystery or, in this case, mysteries.Oscar takes a trip to the United States circa 1882 and we are treated to life in Leadville, Colorado. Oscar meets varied interesting persons and the 'games a foot' as Oscar was fond of quoting his friend, Arthur Conan Doyle's character, Sherlock Holmes.Crossing back [...]

    23. Another very entertaining book in the series. I loved the theater atmosphere in Paris and Oscar’s excursion to the US. There are several great scenes which allude to Oscar Wilde’s later life (or death) like his visit to Reading gaol, his statement that he hopes his children will never feel the need to change their family name or the talk about Molière’s grave. Favourite quote:“Isn’t Molière buried at Père Lachaise?” I said. “Oh, now he is, yes, beneath a mighty monument. Now, pi [...]

    24. I just love the way Gyles B. wraps his mystery around historical facts. Oscar was in those locales at those times, and some of the individuals were real and interacted with him, the mystery is (hopefully) fabricated, but what fun to interact with the likes of the Great Bernhardt. I actually liked the double ending and how it unfolded—you know, the “this-is-how-it-happened”, wink-wink (not really) ending If you decide to read this, yes, you do get the real culprit in the end and all the mot [...]

    25. I am a sucker for these mysteries where the author takes an actual historical figure and turns them into a detective.This one isn't as good as the Mark Twain series, but Oscar Wilde is such an entertaining, larger than life character, and Brandreth really makes you feel like you are there, that you forgive the fact that the mystery is a bit weak and that long stretches of the book seem to ignore it entirely.In fact, the characters are so interesting that there were times I found myself getting a [...]

    26. This is the third (?) in a series of books that feature Oscar Wilde as detective. Oscar and Arthur Conan Doyle were contemporaries, and in this series, they are close friends. This book begins during Oscar's visit to America, then takes him to France for the majority of the action. Oscar becomes involved with the LaGrange Company, an acting troupe that rivals Sarah Bernhardt in fame and fortune. A series of murders (beginning with a dog) takes place, and only Oscar can put the pieces together. B [...]

    27. I really like the characters in the book. Oscar is still as witty as ever. The Doyle cameo is nice. Brandreth's voice as Robert Sherard is smooth and goes well with the period. So why the 3 stars?Because the murder-mystery fall flat at the end. And not just flat, it's a splat! Yeah, yeah the motives are there, the means are there but the detecting of the motive itself is only a tiny weeny bit short of divining. Even I, who normally read detective serie for the sake of the detective and never try [...]

    28. I love the Oscar Wilde murder mysteries, they usually have me hooked. This one lost my attention at times, as the action slowed its pace, but in the final few chapters it had captivated me once more. It had fascinating bits of Parisian history and exaggerated actor-types (which were right on point) that made it easy for the reader to imagine the world described in this book. Although at times it gave you the feeling that you knew what was going to happen, or who the real culprit was, the last ch [...]

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