A year ago, if you’d told me that Gyles Brandreth, the slightly camp custodian of Dictionary Corner and wear of a thousand terrible jumpers, had a written a series of excellent historical murder mysteries starring Oscar Wilde, I’d have laughed at you. In fact that’s exactly what happened, I did laugh… then I read the books and saw that it was true.
The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries do exactly what it says on the tin, but they do it very well. The tone and voice for Oscar and his companions are absolutely perfect, and Brandreth plays on the real life link between Oscar and Mycroft Holmes wonderfully. As a piece of speculative fiction the historical accuracy is excellent, and serves to make Oscar’s ultimate fate all the more poignant. If I had one complaint its that I always end up reading this book in Brandreth’s voice, and that just serves to make the descriptions of brothels etc that little bit more uncomfortable. I’d pay good money to hear Stephen Fry (who has played both Wilde and Holmes) perform the audio book for these though.
Even Better Thirty Day Song Challenge – Day 2 – Track For A Badass Action Sequence
Not the usual kind of choice for a fight scene, but i can see this working in a Victorian comedy zombie fight scene a la the Shaun of the Dead Don’t Stop Me Now sequence. I do wonder how my brain comes up with this stuff sometimes though.