Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man’s Smile – by Brit Gyles Brandreth – has certainly made me happy! At the turn of the 19th century into the 20th, Oscar was one of the most important writers of poetry, plays and books. and one of the best of all time Irish wits. He was also prosecuted essentially for being gay, and lived altogether a very interesting life.
And now, thanks to Gyles Brandreth, a biographer of Wilde’s, he is having another life – as a detective. I managed to find his third mystery on the bargain books table at Joseph-Beth, and it is just terrific. Quotes from Oscar and from his books, with a number of his friends – including Sarah Bernhardt and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
A treat of a mystery, set in Paris, involving a theater company. I’ll say no more. If you life upscale excellent writing, cultural commentary, and British mysteries – you can’t do better. I’m off to find the rest of the series.