Jack the Ripper: Case Closed
London. 1894. 'I am not a detective, chief constable.' 'No, but you are a poet, a freemason and a man of the world. All useful qualifications for the business in hand.' So says Police Chief Macnaghten to Oscar Wilde, in a Chelsea drawing room in the company of Arthur Conan Doyle. The business they are gathered to discuss is none other than the case of Jack the Ripper, the most notorious murderer in England. And thus the three men set out to solve one of the world's most famous mysteries - the ultimate truth about the identity of Jack the Ripper. Case Closed is Arthur Conan Doyle's account of the events of 1894, the year of the return of Jack the Ripper. Based on Oscar Wilde's real-life friendship with Conan Doyle and the extraordinary but little-known fact that in 1894 the detective in charge of the Jack the Ripper investigations was Oscar Wilde's neighbour in Tite Street, Chelsea, this is a revelatory and gripping detective story, combining the intrigue of a classic murder mystery with a witty and compelling portrait of one of the greatest characters of the Victorian age.
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 126 x 198 x 31.75mm | 249.48g
- 23 Oct 2018
- Little, Brown Book Group
- London, United Kingdom
'Wilde really has to prove himself against Bram Stoker and Arthur Conan Doyle when a murder ruins their Sunday Supper Club. But Brandreth's invention - that of Wilde as detective - is more than up to the challenge. With plenty of wit, too'--Daily Mirror on Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death 'A carnival of cliff-hangers and fiendish twists-and-turns . . . The joy of the book, as with its predecessor, 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 on Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death 'One of the most intelligent, amusing and entertaining books of the year. If Oscar Wilde himself had been asked to write this book he could not have done it any better'--Alexander McCall Smith on Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders Gyles Brandreth and Oscar Wilde seem made for one another ... There is much here to enjoy ... the complex and nicely structured plot zips along'--Daily Telegraph on Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders 'For me this whole series is a guilty pleasure: Brandreth's portrait of Oscar Wilde is entirely plausible; plots are ingenious; and the historical background is fascinating'--Scotsman 'Brandreth has poured his considerable familiarity with London into a witty fin-de-si'cle entertainment, and the rattlingly elegant dialogue is peppered with witticisms uttered by Wilde well before he ever thought of putting them into his plays'--Sunday Times on Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders Very engaging and full of the agreeable wit for which Brandreth is famous . . . Wilde's mysteries are civilised, accomplished and clever.--Literary Review A great deal to enjoy . . . gloriously silly--Daily Telegraph Vastly enjoyable . . . a perfectly believable narrative . . . Demonstrating once again Brandreth's assured touch for Victorian time and place, it is a delight, concluding with an interesting suggestion of who the Ripper might have been.--Daily Mail Both a piece of detective work and a page-turning thriller, and boasts an intriguing denouement.--Choice magazine In this fascinating blend of fact and fiction, the witty broadcaster and former MP brings the outrageous character that was Wilde to vivid life in a tale that has all the elements of a classic English murder-mystery. Huge fun and highly recommended.--Irish Independent
About Gyles Brandreth
Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, former MP and Government Whip - and one of Britain's most sought-after award ceremony hosts and after-dinner speakers. A reporter on The One Show on BBC1 and a regular on Radio 4's Just a Minute, his many books include The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries and the No 1 best-seller: The 7 Secrets of Happiness.