Author(s): Gyles Brandreth
Spring, 1890. A glamorous reception is hosted by theDuke and Duchess of Albemarle. All London's haut monde is there, including the Prince of Wales who counts the Albemarles as close friends. Although the heir apparent and the prince of aesthetes are friends, at the party Oscar appears more interested in a young actor, Rex LaSalle, who disarmingly claims to be a vampire. What begins as a diverting evening ends in tragedy. As the guests are about to leave, the Duchess is found murdered in an anteroom, two tiny puncture marks in her throat. Desperate to avoid a public scandal, the Prince of Wales asks Oscar and his friend Arthur Conan Doyle to investigate the crime. What they discover threatens to destroy the royal family ...and the reputation of Oscar Wilde.
Praise for Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile 'Brandreth's portrait of Oscar Wilde is entirely plausible; plots are ingenious and the historical backgroud is fascinating' -- Scotsman 'Cleverly plotted, intelligent and thoroughly diverting ... This novel is an educated page-turner; a feast of intriguing and light-hearted entertainment' -- Good Book Guide Praise for Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death'Hugely enjoyable' -- Daily Mail 'A cast of historical characters to die for' -- Sunday Times 'A carnival of cliff-hangers and fiendish twists-and-turns ... The joy of the book ... is the rounded and compelling presentation of the character of Wilde ... The imaginary and the factual are woven together with devilish ingenuity. Brandreth also gives his hero speeches of great beauty and wisdom and humanity' -- Sunday Express
Gyles Brandreth is a writer, performer, broadcaster and former MP and Government Whip. His Oscar Wilde series is being published in twenty-one countries and is being developed for TV by Sprout Pictures with BBC Worldwide.