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Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile: A Mystery (Oscar Wilde Murder Mystery Series) Paperback – September 1, 2009
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Starred Review. Oscar Wilde once again makes a convincing detective in Brandreth's excellent third whodunit to recreate the late Victorian age (after 2008's Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder). Framed as a puzzle posed by Wilde to his friend Arthur Conan Doyle in 1890, this adventure concerns a series of mysterious deaths plaguing a French acting troupe, the Compagnie La Grange, which Wilde encounters aboard ship in 1883. The first death is of a poodle, Marie Antoinette, whose body a customs officer in Liverpool unearths in a dirt-filled trunk that Wilde believed to be full of books he was bringing home from America. Human victims follow, forcing Wilde and his Watson, real-life journalist and Wilde biographer Robert Sherard, to untangle the complicated nest of emotions at play among the members of the Compagnie La Grange. John Dickson Carr fans will be gratified to find echoes of his style in several places, including the use of false endings. (Sept.)
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"Immensely enjoyable, one of the best in the canon of literary mysteries." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 to the Continent, Oscar lives through a shocking murder which turns out to have long reaching ramifications.
Again, this novel is also a social commentary on the times living in France and London. We see the glitz and the dirty underbelly. We meet personages such as Sarah Bernhardt and John Tussaud.
This was an excellent read. Not a cozy and not recommended,by myself, for youth to read. At times I was shocked with the details of the French Revolution.
Let's go back to the beginning. Mr. Brandwreth is a very good writer and has demonstrated the ability to spin an admirable yarn. That being said, I found Dead Man's Smile to be disappointingly long and tedious. Even the storyline grew hazy at times. There are a multitude of characters and although many are well depicted, too many characters can easily slow a book's pace.
I will concede that sometimes I am not in the mood for a specific type of book and/or writing style and this may have been the case; however, I found Oscar and Robert Sheridan's slow moving investigation somewhat irksome. Perhaps I missed the uniqueness of Mr. Wilde's campy sense of humor and unparalleled wit. To me, this installment presented him as being somewhat pedestrian, if not downright pedantic. Where was the "fun" that the first two books captured and presented so easily?
As others have mentioned the story takes a little bit to build up, but the stage must be set. It seems that the author really wanted you to understand the characters, get a feel for their personalities and understand their archtypes. For those who are very familiar with these historical figures, it gets a bit dull. Many of you interested in this book, are probably interested due to Oscar Wilde and are therefore familiar with his disposition and quotes. However, to the authors credit, not everyone is a certified Wilde scholar or necessarily familiar with Arthur Conan Doyle and I'm sure it is very beneficial to those readers.
Once the story builds though, you're in for a ride. The cast is represented in spectacular fashion. All the characters were well written, clearly by someone who has a lot of adoration for them and their work. Again, this isn't historical accuracy and liberties have been taken. Don't read this as fact and you will be pleasantly surprised with a fairly well written mystery with a cast of historical character larger than life.