The fourth in the acclaimed series of Victorian murder mysteries.
Oscar Wilde and the Nest of Vipers opens in the Spring of 1890 at a glamorous reception hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Albemarle.
All London's haul monde is there, including the Prince of Wales who counts the Albemarles as close friends.
Although the heir apparent and the prince of aesthetes are friends, at the party Oscar appears more interested in a young actor. Rex LaSalle, who disarmingly claims to be a vampire.
What begins as a diverting evening ends in a tragedy. As the guests are about to leave, the Duchess is found murdered in an anteroom, two tiny puncture marks in her throat.
Desperate to avoid a public scandal, the Prince of Wales asks Oscar and his friend Arthur Conan Doyle to investigate the crime. What they discover threatens to destroy the royal family....and the reputation of Oscar Wilde.
The great news is that Jane Avril makes her debut as a principal character in this murder mystery and to see her name in the list of players was an absolute joy and something I had hoped for some time, indeed she has a whole chapter named after her.
Fingers crossed the book will do very well and perhaps generate even more interest in Jane as a result.
Here's to a great read.