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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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Highly entertaining and imaginative

I've read a couple of the author's books imagining Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde operating as a couple of amateur sleuths so I was confident I'd enjoy this audio version. I did. It's a pacy story as the pair try to eliminate possible suspects for the 'Ripper' murders from a list given them by an accommodating police inspector involved in the case. The text is peppered with Wilde's witty aphorisms, allusions to works of both authors and to actual events that occurred in the late 19th century. The narration by the author is first class. Whenever I read or hear about how dazzling Oscar Wilde was in his prime I cannot but be sad at his ignominious ending and by how harsh society was towards men who were different.

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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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brilliant

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

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Runs out of steam....

.... but only a little in the last chapters and I'm really nit-picking. I know Brandreth is an *ahem* acquired taste but I personally think he is well worth the entrance fee and 'performs' his own writings with gusto and panache (take a drink every time he pronounces "gone" as 'gan") almost worthy of Mansfield himself. As a 'Ripperologist' I could appreciate the ret-conning of the case and suspects and the story interwoven around this is very good. Try not to see the Holmes/Watson comparison long before it is pointed out.

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A great Victorian yarn!

This isn’t high literature, nor is it part of the serious cannon of “Ripperology”. What this is is a wonderful Victorian murder mystery simply using the facts of the Ripper case to weave a fabulous story. Take it for what it is and you’ll be thoroughly entertained. The characters are likeable, and Wilde predictably entertaining. I’ve read some reviews complaining about Wilde’s famous aphorisms being inserted into dialogue as though normal conversation and there’s something in that criticism: it feel a little like a primary school introduction to Wilde and eyes might roll if you know the subject well. But it didn’t detract from what was nine hours of entertainment, enhanced by Brandreth’s jolly narration.

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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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Wonderful

Absolutely superb, loved every second. Brilliantly narrated by Gyles. I can't wait to start it again.

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A wasted opportunity

I wasn’t sure what to make of this when I started it and was quite tempted to return it but I persevered and got through it. It certainly wasn’t bad and the concept of Wilde and CD investigating history’s most notorious killer was a good one but felt like a wasted opportunity to me. For my view it really didn’t offer anything new and the revelations at the end felt rather flat. A few humorous bits made me chuckle but Wilde should have been a wittier character and I’m pleased the constant early references to his purple cigarette smoke lessened as they went on. An average listen but I won’t be rushing back to this author and these characters.

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most entertaining book I have listened to in ages

please can we have more of the OW ACD stories ready Gyles Brandreth I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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absolutely amazing 👏

amazing, captivating, never want to stop listening. a truly amazing story that you find yourself wanting more of.

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Gyles should narrate more

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