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London, 1894.  When it appears that the notorious Jack the Ripper has returned to London, Chief Constable Melville Macnaghten recruits his neighbor Oscar Wilde to help him solve the case, hoping the author’s unparalleled knowledge of the London underworld might be exactly what the police need to finally capture the serial killer. In an account narrated by Wilde's close frien London, 1894.  When it appears that the notorious Jack the Ripper has returned to London, Chief Constable Melville Macnaghten recruits his neighbor Oscar Wilde to help him solve the case, hoping the author’s unparalleled knowledge of the London underworld might be exactly what the police need to finally capture the serial killer. In an account narrated by Wilde's close friend, fellow author Arthur Conan Doyle, Wilde gathers together suspects from the theaters, brothels, asylums, and traveling circuses of East London in the hopes of finding the true identity of Jack the Ripper before he can strike again. But even as the pair of amateur detectives venture further and further into a tangled web of criminals, performers, and prostitutes, new killings come to light that bring the investigation right back to Wilde’s own neighborhood.   

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London, 1894.  When it appears that the notorious Jack the Ripper has returned to London, Chief Constable Melville Macnaghten recruits his neighbor Oscar Wilde to help him solve the case, hoping the author’s unparalleled knowledge of the London underworld might be exactly what the police need to finally capture the serial killer. In an account narrated by Wilde's close frien London, 1894.  When it appears that the notorious Jack the Ripper has returned to London, Chief Constable Melville Macnaghten recruits his neighbor Oscar Wilde to help him solve the case, hoping the author’s unparalleled knowledge of the London underworld might be exactly what the police need to finally capture the serial killer. In an account narrated by Wilde's close friend, fellow author Arthur Conan Doyle, Wilde gathers together suspects from the theaters, brothels, asylums, and traveling circuses of East London in the hopes of finding the true identity of Jack the Ripper before he can strike again. But even as the pair of amateur detectives venture further and further into a tangled web of criminals, performers, and prostitutes, new killings come to light that bring the investigation right back to Wilde’s own neighborhood.   

30 review for Oscar Wilde and the Return of Jack the Ripper: An Oscar Wilde Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Robert Collins

    It is now over five years since Mary Jane Kelly was found in her front room butcher like a suckling pig ready for making black pudding on 9th November the last known victim of Jolly old Jack. In today's standards The Ripper would have been caught most likely by time killed Annie Chapman with the DNA & fingerprints but in 1888 what hope did they have.? Conan Doyle the creator of Holmes in unswell twist of Brandreth this time plays Watson to Wilde by telling this suspected return of Jack.,across It is now over five years since Mary Jane Kelly was found in her front room butcher like a suckling pig ready for making black pudding on 9th November the last known victim of Jolly old Jack. In today's standards The Ripper would have been caught most likely by time killed Annie Chapman with the DNA & fingerprints but in 1888 what hope did they have.? Conan Doyle the creator of Holmes in unswell twist of Brandreth this time plays Watson to Wilde by telling this suspected return of Jack.,across brothels, asylums which Doyle only new so well because his father die in one. Racing in bad areas of slums of London before the knife Cuts again in the seventh Wilde book ,this ever bit a wild Wilde ride twisting wild of Wilde. This book is set before The Murders at Reading Gaol a year before in 1894 he was arrested in 1895 .Bossie is away too. Why did them out of order ? no idea but could be why Doyle tells the tale so can tell us about his early stages of bisexuality. The plot is simple in five days time a big news paper in depth about the Jack the Ripper & that the late Duke of Clarence who died at age of 28 Know as Prince Eddy was the Ripper. Macnaghten has to stop the story with new evidence so he asked help from Oscar Wilde who also brings his Watson -Dr Doyle but just as about to review the case another Jack style murder takes place on Wilde's very door step & Dr Doyle has examination of the body in the style of Shadow of Holmes . The odd thing is my copy is An American First edition & not seen an English copy available when all other were English .So must publish in America only .Anne Perry did that lot too with some of her Pitt books. The other theme of this book is perversion From little girls to 'gay' forbidden love to Bloody sadomasochistic .You do have to know your literature and culture or you be left out of the in jokes. From Marxism to Royalty. Including very naught tale about a goat . What great ending never get in moth of Sundays & whole 'new' twist on Jack. He gives the reader a round up of what happened to everyone & indepth personalty history on the author & Wilde too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    9/10

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    The seventh book in Gyles Brandreth's Oscar Wilde mystery series, "Oscar Wilde and the Return of Jack the Ripper", is the first that is not told from Wilde's viewpoint. Instead, this witty and fast-paced outing is recounted by Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes and a real-life friend of Wilde. Not surprisingly, this deliciously twisty mystery works just fine as a stand-alone thriller. And although this entry is a bit darker than the previous mysteries, it is still an enjoyable romp. The seventh book in Gyles Brandreth's Oscar Wilde mystery series, "Oscar Wilde and the Return of Jack the Ripper", is the first that is not told from Wilde's viewpoint. Instead, this witty and fast-paced outing is recounted by Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes and a real-life friend of Wilde. Not surprisingly, this deliciously twisty mystery works just fine as a stand-alone thriller. And although this entry is a bit darker than the previous mysteries, it is still an enjoyable romp. There are plenty of charming scenes between the two bantering friends, and Wilde's clever and acerbic observations are constantly entertaining. Six years after the notorious Jack the Ripper murders in London's impoverished Whitechapel district, Chief Constable Melville Macnaughten contacts the two amateur sleuths about a new murder that appears to be the work of the same psychopath. Except this murder has taken place in an alley behind Tite Street--where both Wilde and Macnaughten have homes. With the permission of the police, the duo studies the case files of the first five victims and start eliminating previous suspects and interviewing new ones. Meanwhile, Wilde's messy personal life brings him dangerously close to ruin when his devoted and loving wife begins circling the same orbit as his latest male infatuation. Fans of Doyle and Wilde will find the pair fully developed and fascinating company. And Brandreth's extensive research into the Whitechapel Murders produces a solution that is sound, satisfying and original. A delightful police procedural not to be missed. Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde play sleuths to track down the identity of Jack the Ripper in this smart, sly and gripping police procedural.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elexndra

    same book as Jack Ripper Case Closed this is US Title of previous book! I wish publishers would not change titles when the go from US to UK or vice-versa!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Herb

    Great twist on the Jack the Ripper story; obviously don’t want to reveal it! Giles Brandreth is head of the Oscar Wilde society, and draws the characters of Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle, and a variety of other characters of the time with precise historical detail. Be sure to read the notes at the end, they discuss the descendants of some of the characters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Thoroughly enjoyable. Fiction with a dabble at real history makes for a fun read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    April Oh

    Unexpectedly loved this book. Characters were very 3dimensional, writing was engaging, opened my eyes to many aspects of the late 1800s (manners, style, etc). Mostly couldn't put down.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ray Palen

    Read my upcoming review on Criminal Element.

  9. 5 out of 5

    nikkia neil

  10. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Boliek

  11. 5 out of 5

    Diane

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jane

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rob

  16. 4 out of 5

    charles f walter

  17. 5 out of 5

    Helen Howerton

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Cromer

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  20. 4 out of 5

    Deb

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Torpin

  24. 4 out of 5

    Frank

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  26. 4 out of 5

    Doug Hinkle

  27. 5 out of 5

    David

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

  30. 4 out of 5

    Phil Mcvay

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