Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders (The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries #1)
Lovers of historical mystery will relish this chilling Victorian tale based on real events and cloaked in authenticity. Best of all, it casts British literature's most fascinating and controversial figure as the lead sleuth.
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As a rule and from past bad experiences, I try to avoid reading books with real-life personalities as characters. I don't know why I took exception at this book (though it might have something to do with the absolutely disgusting and charming front cover...)
I said previously that it was...more
What do you want to be when you grow up? When we’re young, it’s the question with a hundred answers. A fireman one day, a nurse the next, an astronaut after that. But time and talent and circumstance eventually push a sole option to the forefront, the rest receding to become favorite hobbies or fond memories. That this singular option consumes the majority of our time and energy should comes as no surprise, for it’s difficult to do one thing well, le...more
I SWEAR I didn't mean to start reading this today. I was working on a book display at the Library when I picked up this volume and realized it was the first in the series. I started reading it over lunch almost accidentally, and, well ... now I'm stuck! ;-)
аннотация милостиво уведомляет, что главным персонажем является оскар уайльд, вместе со своим знакомым артуром конан дойлом расследует кровавые преступления в лондоне. к этому присовокуплено несколько введенных в кавычки цитат как бы из изд...more
The most annoying part of it was the portrait of Wilde: sanitized, hagiographic,
boring, boring, boring. He loves his wife Constance, women and children in general, he loves disabled people, poor people, stupid people, and everyone loves him back!...more
The way the author portrays Oscar is exactly the way I've always imagined him to be. Some complaints I've seen are that Oscar's character is too shallow and arrogant, but anyone who knows anything about Oscar Wilde knows that he WAS shallow and arrogant. Not to say that he was a bad person, just that that was the type of man he was. And he wasn't shy about letting people know that.
The author/characters mentioned were all represented pretty well, in my opinion. I don't know Ar...more
The main thing I was worried about even as my curiosity was piqued was how Brandreth would render Oscar. It was a wise choice to narrate from Sherard's point...more
Which pissed me off in...more
Questa frase, pronunciata dal protagonista, riassume il "succo" del libro. Il protagonista è Oscar Wilde, che si trova ad indagare sulla morte del sedicenne Billy Wood. E' stato lui, infatti, a trovare il corpo dello sfortunato ragazzo, con la gola tagliata: ma la polizia non gli crede, perchè quando denuncia il fatto, il giorno dopo, del cadavere non c'è più traccia.
Oscar non vuole lasciare perdere, e inizia le sue indagini personali a...more
It’s obvious from the word go that Brandreth is a big fan of Oscar Wilde and he sets the scene well. The books...more
This is not a cozy murder and in this case touches some deeply religiously held beliefs. Some readers will be shocked and appalled by it's subject matter, as for myself, I'm glad I completed the book as I feel a greater understanding of my...more
I'll say up front that taken strictly as a mystery, some readers may be annoyed by the leisurely pace of the investigation. (5 months pass between the murder and the revelation of the killer.) And while Robert Sherard plays Watson to Wilde's Holmes, Wilde often goes off and does things about which he is not entirely forthcoming with Sherard. Brandreth gives a reason in the notes as to w...more
The story revolves around Oscar and his very good friend Robert Shepard as they take on a kind of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson personna. It concerns the murder of a young man Billy Wood, who supposedly was the inspir...more
I will wait for Jeannette, Marialyce and Dawn before post my review. However, since I always avoid spoilers in my reviews, see my review as followed.
Even if I am not a big fan of mysteries featuring real literary authors, I liked this one.
In my opinion, the author managed quite well to balance between quoting famous artists & writers with a mystery case as background.
Among the citations, we can mention some of these well known names, such as: Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes, Wa...more
Oscar Wilde is running late for a meeting with someone in the afternoon when he happens upon the body of Billy Wood - a talented, beautiful boy of his acquaintance - lying on the floor, throat slit, obviously dead.
The rattled Wilde confides in his friends Robert Sherard and Arthur Conan Doyle, and thereby begins a fun, dangerous investigation primarily occurring in the city of London.
The story is related by...more
Brief synopsis: Oscar Wilde finds the nude body of a young man murdered in a room filled with candles and incense. Whe...more
This book was a delightful read! The mystery itself was not that compelling, as it dragged on for months. It was predictable enough that I had it narrowed down to two suspects before the...more
The book begins with Wilde discovering the murder of Billy Wood; his is title the "murder of no importance." Wilde, however,...more
Follows a crime-solving Oscar Wilde who is basically a Sherlock Holmes with a poet for a Watson and Arthur Conan Doyle hanging around IN the book instead of writing it.
As a mystery it let me down because I was pretty sure who was going to be pegged before they got pegged, whereas when I'm reading Agathe Christie I'm usually TOTALLY SHOCKED by the final accusation.
Still, it was pretty interesting and I enjoyed the read, so it's likely I'll pick up the second in the seri...more
A former Oxford Scholar, President of the Oxford Union and MP for the City of Chester, Gyles Brandreth’s career has ranged from being a Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in John Major’s government to starring in his own award-winning musical revue in London’s West End. A prolific broadcaster (in programmes ranging from Just a Minute to Have I Got News f...more
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Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders
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