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Product Details

  • Series: Oscar Wilde Mysteries
  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439153736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439153734
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gyles Brandreth is a prominent BBC broadcaster, theatre producer, novelist, and biographer. He has written bestselling biographies of Britain’s royal family and an acclaimed diary of his years as a member of Parliament.

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Excellent plot with surprises, twists, and turns.
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Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders by Gyles Brandreth is the fifth book of the "Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries" series.
Sheri Newton
Then this one pops on the scene and it's super to the nth degree!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Newton on May 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders by Gyles Brandreth is the fifth book of the "Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries" series. It has humor, excitement, and is fast paced enough for even those with short attention spans to enjoy.

Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders is the first book in the series I read. However, I don't think it is necessary to have read the others to enjoy this one. So, go ahead and check this out if you also like Sherlock Holmes and mystery novels.

The two main characters are Oscar Wilde and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and they are definitely not disappointing. At the beginning of the book, when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is on vacation yet has to answer all of this fan mail, I found a bit humorous. Then, when Oscar Wilde and he find the finger, hair, and an entire hand - I couldn't help but keep reading to find out what would happen. They then head to Rome to the Vatican, and from there things get even more interesting. To find out what happens, you'll have to read this one for yourself. Mysteries aren't quite as fun to read if you know everything that is going to happen, right?

Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read. I think that this would be a great novel for fans of mysteries and of course, "Sherlock Holmes" to read.

* Thank you to the publisher of Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders, Touchstone, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laurence J. Coven on January 8, 2013
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This is the fifth in Brandreth's series of Oscar Wilde mysteries also featuring Arthur Conan Doyle and by association Sherlock Holmes. One of the best mystery series to come along in recent years, this time Wilde and Doyle are summoned the Vatican in a most odd and mysterious way to plunge into the deep waters of a severed limb, a rose-colored ring indicating Papal connections and a lock of lamb's wool.
One day in Germany while Doyle is sloughing through his yet to be answered correspondence, and Wilde is helping him, they come upon the above mentioned items addressed to Sherlock Holmes and they are postmarked from Vatican City. While Doyle hesitates as to what they might indicate, Wilde is certain that murder is afoot and they must rush off willy-nilly to Italy, which they do.
When they arrive they find their fame, especially Doyle's has preceded them. As they meet members of the church, especially the Monsignors who attend upon the Pope, the Sacristan, who attends to the Pope's inner circle and Dr. Axel Munthe physician to the Vatican notables
Dr. Munthe, much to Wilde's delight, actually inhabits the house that John Keats died in. Munthe himself is sometimes known as Dr. Death because of his tendency to push those over to the other side who he believes are due and suffering too much. Apparently this type of activity is not frowned on overly much which is unusual given the Catholic world he operates in.
Among the Monsignors, who are all real characters, are the Vatican exorcist, the English one who assumes he'll be Cardinal soon and yearns to be the second ever British Pope, the gluttonous one, the elderly artist who is at death's door and whom Munthe is keeping an eye on. And don't forget the Sacristan who is jealous of his duties.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J & L Rigod on June 8, 2012
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Oscar and Arthur Conan Doyle take us on an adventure through the walls of the Vatican. The mystery began in Germany and is quite shocking at it's abruptness. Is there a body or is there two? Was it suicide, murder, martyrdom, or natural?

All these questions are asked set against the backdrop of the streets of Rome, 1892. We are taken to the Seat of Tears, the pyramid of Gaius Cestius tomb in the Protestant Cemetery, John Keats home, and more. We meet figures of the time such as Dr. Alex Munthe, a Swedish author and physician to the elite of Rome.

As Oscar delves into the mysteries, Dr. Conan Doyle must fight earthly temptations aa Ms. Irene Sadler presents.

This was a good murder mystery and more. Ms. Brandreth's personal knowledge of the location added color to the tale.

I look forward to his next book...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Quixote010 VINE VOICE on June 22, 2012
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This is the first of five Oscar Wilde-Arthur Conan Doyle mysteries I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

For those inexperienced with these novels, author Gyles Brandreth has imagined noted 19th century literary Oscar Wilde joining forces with Sherlock Holmes creator Doyle to investigate compelling mysteries throughout Europe. This particular mystery begins when Doyle receives a woman's hand, a small ring, and a finger in correspondence addressed to Holmes. Upon realizing the packages were sent from Rome, Wilde insists the duo travel the Vatican where he contends a mystery calls for their attention.

After reviewing other Brandreth Wilde-Doyle mysteries, it is evident that Brandeth's books are designed to fill in the gaps of the Holmes' novels. In the Vatican Murders, Doyle's attraction to "Irene Sadler" gives basis to Holmes' interest in "that woman", Irene Adler. Brandreth also has him admit that Mycroth Holmes, Sherlock's robust and profoundly intellectual brother, was cloned from Wilde himself.

Whether Wilde and Doyle actually met is plausible. Both were doctors, both were published, and both lived during the Victorian era. Thus the connection of the two is historically interesting and plausible. The author routinely includes famous savings and attested observations of the two throughtout the novel. Besides the inclusion of interesting historical references in the Vatican Murders, Brandeth writes clearly and precisely about the people and the surroundings. One can clearly picture travel during the era, tea in the Sistine Chapel or walking the Apian Way with these two adventurers.

Readers will not be overwhelmed with the mystery or it's conclusion, but sit back and enjoy an interesting collaboration with two of literary history's most intelligent and British-proper gentlemen. I'm off to read the four I missed!
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