My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I requested this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for this book.
In the present book, I was quite surprised to reading such suspenseful story where Conan Doyle and Wilde were invited by a medium – Hope Thraxton, in order to investigate a murder, which will take place during a meeting of the Society for Physical Research in her manor house outside London.
The story has plenty of humor and suspense as well, making this book a pace reading: once you start to read it, you won’t be able to stop it.
It was amazing to read Conan Doyle applying the investigation techniques of his most famous and very well-known character Sherlock Holmes. As a matter of fact, Oscar Wilde brilliantly played the role of Watson during the search of the killer in the manor house. Wilde only concern was the success of his play Lady Windermere’s Fan. In the meantime, Conan Doyle’s wife remained very sick in London making him worry with her while away from London.
This is the second historical mystery book I’ve read concerning the friendship between the British author, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Irish writer, Oscar Wilde.
Even if in the second novel – Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance: A Mystery by Gyles Brandreth – the main character is Oscar Wilde – Conan Doyle only is acting as coadjutant, the comparison, if we dare to make it, stops here.
According to Wikipedia, both Conan Doyle and Wilde were invited for a dinner party in London promoted in 1889 by the Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine in the United States. They both agreed to write novels that will be published by Lippincott’s. Conan Doyle’s novel was his second Sherlock Holmes novel, The Sign of Four. Wilde’s was The Picture of Dorian Gray. Their friendship appeared to be true after the publication of Micah Clarke.
This book is published by Minotaur Book and will be released in March 25, 2014.