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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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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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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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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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Gripping

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Wish Gyles would write more books like this. Fascinating and well structured. The characters come alive and the story is a great mystery. Well done Mr Brandreth. More please.

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Self-Indulent twaddle

stopped after 11 chapters. Tiresome and Giles didn't bother changing voices between characters. awful. Avoid

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Confusing, chatacters all sound the same.

I really like Gyles Brandreth, and that’s why I’ve given it a 2 star instead of a 1 and suspect others have given it a high review because he’s a likeable person but I think he should stick to non fiction.
“I’m utterly confused Oscar” is exactly how I heard the book. All the characters sounded the same so at times it was nearly impossible to know which character was speaking unless I was entirely focused on every word which makes listening to an audible book tiring and not enjoyable. I found the story was just about name dropping every well known Victorian person around the time the murders happened and weaving a story around these people, in fact I’m surprised after mentioning Sherlock Holmes that The Mad Hatter didn’t appear with Alice.
I’m sorry Mr Brandreth, this really wasn’t for me.

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delightful

I love Giles Brandreth. I could listen to him forever. The story is fun and entertaining to the end. A little gem.

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  • 09-12-17

Gyles should narrate more

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