I loved this story. Brandreth got his research right in this novel. You can tell that he knows what he is talking about from the first sentence. But all of the research that was involved did nothing to bring down the story. This book is addictive and was fun to consume. The characters and settings feel real and the action is fast paced and likeable. Wilde fans will enjoy the way he adds those famous words into his dialogue without it feeling forced. The writing is solid and the character development is solid. I enjoyed the humor and wit being included too.
Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders opens in 1890, at a glamorous party hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Albemarle. All of London’s high society—including the Prince of Wales—are in attendance at what promises to be the event of the season. Yet Oscar Wilde is more interested in another party guest, Rex LaSalle, a young actor who claims to be a vampire.
But the entertaining evening ends in tragedy when the duchess is found murdered—with two tiny puncture marks on her throat. Desperate to avoid scandal and panic, the Prince asks Oscar and his friend Arthur Conan Doyle to investigate the crime. What they discover threatens to destroy the very heart of the royal family. Told through diary entries, newspaper clippings, telegrams, and letters, Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders is a richly atmospheric mystery that is sure to captivate and entertain.