Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol by Gyles Brandreth

While this book is part of a series by Gyles Brandreth , the reader does not have to read the series in order- this book stands alone. The book begins with a man telling a story to another man- one of those men is Oscar Wilde. He begins to tell his story of his imprisonment and how he found himself at Reading Gaol.

As the story goes, the details of jail life- the harshness, the warders (I think in today’s time they would be called guards), the loss of freedom- Gyles Brandreth paints a picture of what life in jail was like in those days. Even though, Oscar Wilde’s jail sentence was only 2 years- those 2 years, in those conditions, would not have been easy.

Oscar Wilde keeps his wits about him, though, and he notices things, details. After all- he is a friend of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle- so he must have a keen eye for detail and things amiss! With Oscar at Reading Gaol, he sees the things no one wants him to see- and begins piecing together pieces to a puzzle of murder and other unsavory events.

While the mystery is entertaining, the writer tipped his hand about a piece of the puzzle a bit early- and that clue kept circling my head as I read. The language, the descriptions, the clues- all in all- it makes for an enjoyable book for mystery readers!

Recommended for: Mystery fans, fans of BBC television, and books of certain eras.

 

* This book was provided to me by Touchstone Publishing in exchange for a honest review. All above thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

Literary Friday ya’ll……

Today, The Great Gatsby releases. And the people have been excited, the tv has shown the trailer multiple times, and everything’s a-buzz foe The Great Gatsby! In related news, Erika Robuck’s latest, Call Me Zelda, was released earlier this week (I’d like to know who the marketing genius was who saw a prime opportunity to release CMZ the same week as TGG came out in theaters- because that person- that person has their game face on!)

 

1. Deep South Mag has been counting down to Gatsby all week long! Their #literaryfriday is basically filled with Gatsby! So sit back and read and enjoy!

Not enough Gatsby for you? Well Deep South Mag has more: Gatsby Companion Reading List!

Is Zelda more your thing? Deep South Mag has the answer to that as well: Zelda Gets Her Day

2. Amy Sue Nathan and her debut novel- The Glass Wives, has been twirling around the book world for a bit- early readers of The Glass Wives have been tweeting and blogging very positive things about Amy’s debut. When she’s not writing or getting ready for a book launch- Amy Sue Nathan has a website called Women’s Fiction Writers. It’s smart, funny interviews and talks with interesting women (this week alone- she had Wendy Francis, Three Good Things author and Erika Robuck, Call Me Zelda author.

Here are the 3 posts I read this week that I really felt needed to be shared: Three Good Things (ok Many More) from Wendy Francis, Author Natalia Sylvester Says the way to Support Women’s Fiction Is to Keep Writing It, Writing Words and Book Banter with Erika Robuck.

Specifically, pay attention to Natalia Sylvester’s article- women’s fiction is much harder to define than I’ve ever thought- but it needs to be supported. Needs to be bought, read, enjoyed. Natalia has some insightful thoughts.

3. She Reads announced this week that Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline would be the May Book Club Selection. It’s a fascinating book- fast read, interesting characters, and has a historical aspect to it. Join me and others at end of the month as we discuss Orphan Train at She Reads!

Orphan Train: Featured Recipe

May Book Club Selection: Orphan Train

Bookmagnet’s review of Orphan Train

Love At First Book’s review of Orphan Train

The Book Wheel’s review of Orphan Train

Traveling With T’s review of Orphan Train

Want to read more reviews of Orphan Train? Use #srblog on Twitter- and you’ll see tons of reviews!

4. Looking for a non-fiction book to read with a great online book club? Join Rebecca (Love at First Book) and Allison (The Book Wheel) as they read A Train in Winter. Details, sign-up and more are posted already.

5. My #fridayreads is Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman and Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol by Gyles Brandreth. What is your #fridayreads?

6. Looking for books? Like Pinterest? I have 2 Pinterest boards that might interest you! Beach Bag Reads 2013 and The TBR List that Ate an Entire Town

7. ICYMI: 3 reviews I posted this week- Big Daddy’s Rules: Raising Daughters is Tougher Than I Look, Deadly Harvest, and Game Drive

8. And look today for more info about Traveling With T’s online book club- beginning in June!

 

Happy Reading!