What a wonderful book! So funny, with Oscar Wilde the character's dialogue sprinkled with quotes from O.W. the real person. An excellent mystery, characters that are full of life, superb dialogue, a juicy story...what's not to like?
This was a fun read. Particularly if you like Oscar Wilde. Not too much on Arthur Conan Doyle if your interest is there. It is a light read with good Victorian and Edwardian atmosphere.
Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle actually met in 1889 and that meeting is a central factor in this wonderful mystery, first of a series.
Its set in the mood and atmosphere of 1880's London and peopled with historic figures from the age. Oscar Wilde is dramatically brought to life as he seeks justice after a 15 year old boy is viciously murdered and then all evidence, including the body, disappears. Wilde demonstrates Sherlockian powers of observation and deduction, much to the delight of Conan Doyle and he has his own Watson to record his brilliance to boot.
Having just read Dorian Gray, I delighted at the many quotes from and references to it throughout. And you get a darn good mystery too.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
For whatever reason, I just couldn't continue reading this book. After reading about six chapters, I skipped to the end to see how it ended, which required three chapters. Everything about the book seemed dragged out and the text was stilted. It is the first mystery I've treated this way in years.