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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Gyles Brandreth (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

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  • Somewhere In America
  • 12-09-17

Gyles should narrate more

From the moment Mr. Brandreth spoke, I was immediately captivated. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next!

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  • S. Rifflart
  • 07-02-17

Jack the Ripper unveiled at last?

Giles takes us on a memorable outing to a time of fogs and handsome cabs
He is a great narrator and brings to life both Wilde and Doyle as he would say - quite beautifully. I very much enjoyed it

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  • Wanny
  • 08-30-17

Wonderful!

I listened to this whilst exercising. He really made the characters come to life. I started to wonder if this is really what it would be like if Oscar Wilde and Conan Doyle did become detectives, the best detectives the world has ever seen 👍👍
love this book x

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  • Paul Butterworth
  • 01-13-18

Self indulgent twaddle

Clap trap & cliche of a book!! Self indulgent meanderings pandering to the usual and well trodden path of ripperology, add in the cliches of Oscar Wilde & Conan Doyle make this book utterly ridiculous!! The ending is pure Colombo or brandreth maybe trying an Agatha Christie poirot finale but it really is an unsatisfactory end and conclusion to one of the worlds greatest mysteries!! Nothing new or original about this book!! Quite lazy writing

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  • alan
  • 01-01-18

brilliant

perfectly read well worth listeng to i loved this book but is it case closed . we will never know

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  • Soraki
  • 12-09-17

Highlights on twilight

A trip through the dark site of London's society of La Belle Epoque. Fascinating and cruel shortly before WW1. The best of crimes - the worst of crimes. Author Gyles Brandreth's talent - he brings the main characters around the Ripper's case into life based on rich knowledge and astonishing empathy. Arthur and Oscar - Holmes and Watson - but the roles are changed.
An excellent audio book- a MUST for friends of English literature, a phenomenal performance of the reader - Great cinema. Thx.

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  • Teresa
  • 09-15-17

Loved it all!!!

I loved the premise of this story and hoped that I wouldn't be disappointed. Needless to say, I was not. The story was brilliantly written and wonderfully narrated by Gyles Brandreth. I was sad when it finished. Well done 5*

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  • Mrs. P. I. Finnie
  • 08-29-17

Another delight

Having read the other Oscar Wilde mysteries I was looking forward to this and must say that I was not disappointed. From start to finish it had me gripped and would thoroughly recommend this publication

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-22-17

fantastic book hooked straight away <br />

loved every minute of this book definite recommend to anyone spellbinding read gripping intense awesome

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  • S. J. Green
  • 08-09-17

Cracking yarn! Cleverly done.

Really enjoyed listening to this and Gyles Brandreth's voice is a bonus. Fantastic idea for a novel.

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  • Stuart C.
  • 07-30-17

Does not disappoint

The latest in the series of Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries. Who better to read it than the author.