Two Minute Book Review -- Gyles Brandreth's Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol

Great mystery novel. Loved it. It follows Oscar Wilde after he'd been arrested and imprisoned for his non-crimes. (I could go into a long rant here). And it imagines him as a kind of Sherlock Holmes character solving murders that happened while he was imprisoned. I won't give away the mysteries, of course, but like any great mystery novel, the mysteries are secondary. What's more important to the author, I assume, was the discussion of Wilde and the way he lived. He was very much a part of Doyle's creation of Holmes, helped to inspire and even to come up with plots. I loved the accuracy there. But I loved the complexity and accuracy that went into his discussion of the brutality of the prison system in Wilde's age. Read it.