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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, tLondon. 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....

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Jack the Ripper: Case Closed Reviews

  • Bill Lynas
    2019-04-01 09:54

    Although I haven't read any of Gyles Brandreth's previous novels featuring Oscar Wilde I found this one worked well as a stand alone story. On the other hand I have read far too many books (both fact & fiction) about Jack The Ripper & I was interested to see Brandreth's take on the subject.There is plenty of amusing banter between Arthur Conan Doyle & Oscar Wilde, although sometimes Wilde's quotes do become a bit wearing. One of my favourite parts of the book was when the two main characters visit the scenes of the 1888 murders (this story is set in 1894) & here the author creates a genuine feeling of sadness for the people living in Whitechapel at the time.The balance between fact & fiction is well handled, but the narrative ranges from gripping to dull every few chapters. An enjoyable read nonetheless.

  • Stephen
    2019-03-27 11:49

    Latest in the oscar wilde series with the backdrop of solving the jack the ripper killings in whitechapel and chelsea. Was an easy read

  • Margaret
    2019-04-12 11:52

    In this book Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle set out to examine the suspects in the Ripper case and solve the crimes once and for all.The book is narrated in the first person by Arthur Conan Doyle. This was a weird experience for me reading a book where one of my favourite authors is actually a character.Gyles Brandreth gets right inside the skin of Oscar Wilde. His Wilde is thoroughly believable and syncs well with what we know of Wilde's actual character.The ending, not to give away any spoilers, is both satisfying and unsatisfying on a number of levels. I could get behind the idea of the killer, but not the motive. The politics of the situation I could accept quite easily.A delicious Victorian romp.

  • Karen Keane
    2019-03-25 07:39

    I have read Giles Brandreth's other books about Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan-Doyle, who together become 'detectives.' I love the way he portrays both these characters, they are both so likeable and, especially, in the case of Wilde, witty. In this book they are asked to investigate the case of Jack the Ripper, and come to a very interesting conclusion. I felt this book was a bit darker than the previous ones but it really was a brilliant read.

  • Jo
    2019-04-22 12:54

    Oscar Wilde and his good friend Arthur Conan Doyle investigate the case of Jack the Ripper at the request of Scotland Yard. This was wonderfully witty and the friendship of Wilde and Doyle reflects that of Holmes and Watson. Loved this and rather liked the theory on Jack's identity.

  • Dan Adams
    2019-04-07 13:59

    "It was the best of crimes, it was the worst of crimes," crows Oscar Wilde who, poking fun at his contemporary, Charles Dickens, joins his good friend, Sherlock Holmes' creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, as they set off on their mission to finally resolve the Whitechapel Murders, committed a few years before by none other than the infamous Jack The Ripper.Jack The Ripper: Case Closed, the seventh book in the Oscar Wilde Mysteries written by Wilde expert, Gyles Brandreth, is absolutely fantastic. I could hardly put this book down every time I anxiously picked it up. I finished in but a few short days and, once done, am very much lamenting the story's completion.If you want to get to know Oscar Wilde, to feel what it must of been like to have shared a dinner table and a laugh over drinks, or to ride together in a horse-drawn hansom on your way to a show, or to have walked the streets of London with the world's great, flamboyant wit, then read this book. And once you finish, I guarantee you will rush out to purchase the other six stories in the series, starting with the first, Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance.I loved reading Jack The Ripper: Case Closed. Here's hoping author Gyles Brandreth soon writes book number eight in this winning series of historical mysteries!

  • Victoria
    2019-04-17 15:05

    London’s 1888 Whitechapel Murders have provided seemingly endless inspiration for authors’ speculation. Latest in this parade of theorists exploring the grisly deaths of five prostitutes is a former Conservative member of Britain’s Parliament, actor, and broadcaster who uses the real-life friendship between playwright Oscar Wilde and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle as his premise. Six years after the Jack the Ripper murders, these two luminaries are brought into the investigation by another real-life character, Metropolitan Police CID Chief Constable Melville Macnaghten. Why them? Most of Macnaghten’s chief suspects are known to Wilde and, the detective says, “you are a poet, a Freemason and a man of the world. All useful qualifications for the business at hand.” The police are resurrecting their failed investigation for several reasons. Because Macnaughten is writing a definitive report and would like to provide a conclusion. Because he wants to end speculation about the identity of the killer, which, in the absence of a definitive alternative, even occasionally extends to the late Prince Eddy, Duke of Clarence and Avondale. And, because a new murder has occurred that bears all the hallmarks of a Ripper case, except that the body was found not in Whitechapel but in Chelsea. More particularly, in the alley behind Tite Street, where Wilde and Macnaghten have their homes.Whether you fully buy into the plausibility of this notion, you cannot deny that it makes for an entertaining read, as Brandreth is able to draw on the wide and diverse acquaintanceships Wilde had among members of London society, high and low. He does a creditable job of eliminating Macnaghten’s weaker suspects—the suicide John Druitt, the spiritualist Walter Wellbeloved, and actor Richard Mansfield. He avails himself of opportunities to mention Wilde’s friend, the painter Walter Sickert, briefly considered a suspect in real life. (As evidence of the long half-life of Jack the Ripper theories, American mystery author Patricia Cornwell produced her second book attempting a case against him last February.) Brandreth then constructs a scenario in which the more unsavory suspects and some new players can cavort. Brandreth has written six other mysteries featuring Oscar Wilde and his circle, sometimes including Doyle, and he knows his principal character and their London milieu well. If you’re familiar with Wilde’s plays, you’ll recognize various lines in the witty epigrams he’s constantly spouting. Brandreth liberally butters the narrative with other literary allusions as well. There’s even a character named Bunbury, and you know what happened to him.As to the clever resolution and identification of “the real Jack,” this may not be so satisfactory. The motivation is weak and the method (which I cannot reveal as it would be a spoiler) is now discredited, though it was thought effective in the Victorian era. These issues, which would be serious in a contemporary crime thriller, are almost beside the point in this book. It’s a case of the journey being more important—and entertaining—than the destination.

  • CuteBadger
    2019-04-09 09:03

    I won a copy of this book and have to say that I probably wouldn't have read it otherwise, as I've never been a fan of the author generally and the idea of Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle solving crimes seemed a little contrived to say the least. But I'm a huge fan of anything set in the Victorian era and of crime fiction so was willing to give it a go. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it once I'd got past the repeated use of well-known Wilde quotes as dialogue (which I found a tad annoying). I liked the characterisation of Conan Doyle, Wilde, and Mrs Wilde, and the exotic touches brought by the Russian circus were unusual and interesting. The plot worked very well with the final denouement not being too obviously seeded throughout the book. All in all enjoyed the book and would recommend to readers of historical crime.

  • Agnesxnitt
    2019-03-30 15:44

    I read the first 3 Oscar Wilde mysteries by Gyles Brandreth and found them slightly random but enjoyable - pretty much like the gentlemen themselves I imagine!This new addition to the series is pretty dark, as befits any book with Jack the Ripper in the title. Oscar is living in the Langham Hotel and finagles his good friend, Arthur Conan Doyle, to become involved in the search for the true perpetrator of the horrific crimes in Whitechapel in 1888. Oscar himself has become involved as the leading police officer, the marvellously named Melvin McNaughton, who has been tasked to investigate and write an official report into the crimes, is a neighbour of the flamboyant Irishman. But it is 1894, and the trail long cold - or is it?Oscar, with ACD in tow, leads the reader through both the high and low lives of Victorian London, complete with highbrow parties, society scandal, life on the skids and everything in between. With several suspects dead already, two more in (what we would now refer to as) psychiatric hospitals, one royal suspect and three more still on the loose, the search is never easy. Add to this Oscar's complicated private life - an adoring wife he chooses to leave mostly alone with their sons, his lover, Bosie, despatched to Egypt in order to avoid a scandal, Oscar's mounting debt that doesn't stop him spending like there's no tomorrow, a suspected tail on both his and ACD's trail, ACD family in Switzerland where his first wife, Touie, is bring treated for TB (of which she will ultimately die in 1906), and the confusing exciting involvement of a visiting Russian Circus and its a bit of a roller coaster ride.Nevertheless, the author leads us through this cavalcade of high drama and callous murder at a cracking pace and I did enjoy it.A library book (thanks to my excellent local library) so it will be returned this weekend.

  • Neil
    2019-04-10 09:39

    I had such high hopes for this book. The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries were a highlight every year for me and this didn't come up to the high standard or those books. The narrative wasn't the issue, as it was still peppered with witticisms and epicurean descriptions, but the story just wasn't there. Really disappointing :(

  • Diane
    2019-04-09 14:46

    Wasn't quite sure what to expect as hadn't heard of these books before and only noticed this on the 'new' stand in my local library. As it transpired, I really enjoyed it. The tone and mood of the time seemed to be spot on and the whole tale was just captivating. Can't wait to read some of the other books now.

  • Steve Delo
    2019-04-22 14:48

    Bit torn on this one. It is well written and Brandreth does a good job of characterising Wilde and Doyle. Most of the other characters are pretty well drawn too - maybe some important ones are a little too sketchy. It is, though, a ponderous read in places, largely because so much of the narrative involves Wilde showing off his knowledge of poetry through quotations and Doyle having a surprise wandering eye - all of it delivered over a raft of different meals in top rate establishments. Those eateries do make one's mouth water and some effective evocation of Victorian lifestyles takes place in these scenes. I felt, though, that the Jack the Ripper storyline itself didn't do very much or move with enough pace. Quite simply, not enough of the Ripper in it to create thriller levels of tension. The denouement is neatly done and the final couple of paragraphs, whilst guessable, round things of in a sad but satisfying way. Almost worth three stars but the baggy middle detracted for me.

  • Titas Bain
    2019-03-27 15:59

    I absolutely loved this book. The plot is intriguing and the ending satisfactory though I kinda hoped a bit more edgy end. But nonetheless it was an enjoyable journey with Wilde and Doyle , scurrying the streets of 80's London in the mad hunt for Jack the Ripper. One thing I didn't quite like about this book is Dr. Doyle's passive role in this book. Being the creator of the Great Sherlock Holmes I had hoped he'd contribute more intelligence and action into the story. Wilde's wit and quotes and his extravagance and his pompous nature,on the other hand, his negligence to family and his beautiful wife Constance, makes him want to love and hate equally. The great thing about this book is it's very realistic and nicely written

  • Elaine Dodd
    2019-04-04 13:51

    It was the best of crimes, it was the worst of crimes......Another great Victorian tale of Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle, asked in this instance, to peruse the files of suspects supplied by the police to Wilde, for the identity of Jack the Ripper. As ever, Wilde throws himself heart and soul into the investigation, and Arthur follows somewhat reluctantly.The style, the language and the story flows beautifully, the irrepressible Wilde ever witty and wise, reckless and extravagant, tempered by the logic, reality and clarity of Arthur.Not giving any of the plot away, but it’s worth the read, a joy as always. The character of Wilde bought to life by someone who has a genuine love for him, almost makes you feel he knew him personally.Ten out of ten.

  • Claire Ellis
    2019-03-24 10:44

    I found this book at times odd to follow as it was told from the perspective of Arthur Conan Doyle but the story was about him following Oscar Wilde as they solved the case of who Jack the Ripper was. The lead up was chaotic as Arthur appeared to have no clue at all after their various meetings even though he was clever enough to create Sherlock Holmes. So as the reader I found myself getting frustrated half way through as unlike other murder mystery books you read, there was almost no way of you being able to fathom out who Jack the Ripper was either until it was revealed at the very end.

  • Tom Mills
    2019-04-08 13:05

    London, January 1894.Has Jack the Ripper returned?The book opens with the first in a series of copycat killings.Oscar Wilde and Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle are assigned to the unsolved Whitechapel Murders case by Scotland Yard's Melville Macnaghten, author of the now famous Memorandum.Written just weeks after this novel is set and keenly debated ever since, this document named the Chief Constable's preferred Ripper suspects - two of which are unmasked here as accomplices in a Soviet plot to destabilise Britain.

  • FrSJMC
    2019-03-24 08:58

    Gyles Brandreth’s Oscar Wilde Murder Mystery series is a great read. This latest puts the hero, with his good friend Conan Doyle on the case of the mysterious Jack the Ripper. Brandreth seamlessly blends fiction with fact - his creations mingling readily with historical characters which makes for a compelling, page turning read. Wilde is perfect. He lives within Brandreth’s pen and the clear love the author has for the great poet and playwright means the Oscar portrayed is very well done. I enjoyed this hugely.

  • Ivana
    2019-04-11 14:01

    An enjoyable novel, with a ludicrous solution to the Ripper mystery. Despite the ending, it is a well-written piece, with short enough chapters to keep the reader engaged. Worth reading, but don't expect any outstanding revelations in regard to factual events. 7.5 /10

  • Pauline Chamberlain
    2019-04-12 10:04

    An ok read based on the real life friendship between sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde as they investigate the crime of jack the ripper

  • Wayne Stimpson
    2019-04-17 14:05

    A great read

  • Nicola Richardson
    2019-03-24 12:03

    Interesting but left me wanting more. Ending seemed rushed.

  • Zoe Radley
    2019-04-08 11:45

    An absolute ripper of a book... yeah yeah I know but seriously great story and a good cast of characters loved it.

  • Les Wilson
    2019-04-21 15:54

    Other reviewers say it all.

  • Stuart Bone
    2019-04-12 08:45

    This is the first of Gyles Brandreth’s novels that I have read which star Oscar Wilde.Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle set out to discover who is Jack the Ripper. Although a fictional tale the story is based upon real facts and the book contains many real life people.It’s a great read and kept me on the edge of my seat as I tried to second guess who Jack the Ripper was. I read this book very quickly and look forward to coming back and reading it again. It’s definitely a book that will give even more the second time.

  • Thebooktrail
    2019-03-27 12:40

    Visit the locations in the novelJack the ripperThis novel speaks to me on so many levels. Arthur Conan Doyle fascinates me in many ways. I know he was into mysteries in real life, the supernatural, the unknown and the other wordly, so what would he have made of Jack the Ripper?There’s a lot to love:The trail around London to the sites of the five canonical murdersMore murders which take place in 1894 and are investigated as being committed by “Jack”.The friendship between Oscar and Arthur , the banter, mystery and intrigue of being in their worlds as well as the very real one of Jack the Ripper and the fear that still endured. Very cleverly it’s written in the first person in the words of Arthur Conan Doyle. An author as character? Well I was just in literary heaven. As for Oscar Wilde, he seems like a right character! Full of colourful words and even more colourful actions, he’s a fun and fascinating man. The real friendship between them comes through loud and clear and add the Jack the Ripper mystery to the mix and I was sucked in from the very start.How did I not know about this series of books where Oscar Wilde is the main character of such compelling mysteries? I am now excited to be going back to book one and to able to step inside this mix of fact and fiction. I really felt as I was in the presence of two great writers and the very real atmosphere of fear which would have existed not long after the Ripper murders. What I really loved was the warmth wit and banter between the two of them is what makes all this so believable. Some of it is, of course, and that’s what makes it so brilliant. The suspects we all know are there but so too are the fictional ones or ones brought in to suggest new suspects…..A literary feast of delights. I have the pleasure of now going off and reading the others. Gyles, I thank you.