Oscar Wilde et le meurtre aux chandelles (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.
A young artist's mode...more
I think this book suffered from trying to be too many things at the same time. It was, for me, an uneven mix of historical fiction, biographical fiction, and murder mystery. The author pulled in a lot of interesting quotes (Wilde seemed to always have one ready), and also a wide-range of interesting accounts of people connected in some way to the main characters. At times this seemed almost like name-dropping, rather than story-telling.
I also felt the the author was either sa...more
This book is at its best in letting the...more
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
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
I read the last two entries of this series first and love them; also love this. It's clear, though that Gyles Brandreth hadn't gotten his groove yet. There's a couple draggy parts in the beginning and the author got a little preachy in defending Wilde's extra-curricular interests via Sherard when it wasn't necessary, but...more
I have no doubts the author has the background knowledge to write this story, he proves it with a four page bio at the end. But when you write a story about Oscar Wilde, and include a 1.5 page bio of him at the end, should the bio on yourself be 3 times longer? It seems a little conceited, and that’s not the only time this comes up. The author, as the narrator Robert Sherard, is taken into Wilde’s confidence a little too effusively, it begins to grate. Fo...more
For a large portion of the book, it seemed as if I was reading Oscar Wilde's own writing. The plot involves Wilde discovering the body of a young boy named Billy Woods murdered in a candle-lit room, apparently in some sort of ritualistic sacrifice. Oscar and Robert go about London unraveling the my...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
Extremely witty and full of delightfully quirky characters (but then I wouldn't have expected anything less from its author who, a writer, broadcaster and former Member of Parliament, is one of Britain's most sought after after-dinner speakers ) Oscar Wilde And the Candlelight Murders (the first in what I believe to be a series of six books) is...more
Books that rely on action and fast-paced dialogue do that, but even I was surprised how quickly this read flew by.
And it was sandwich-packed with lots of researched detail about Oscar Wilde's lifestyle, his mannerisms and his sayings. In fact, this reads almost like a compendium of his sayings and if you take away the murder plot and his incessant pseudo-Sherlock Holmesy observations (which somehow don't quite fit with his flamboyant insoucian...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
The book seems outrageous in its sheer premise of fictionalising an aspect of Wilde's life, and placing him as a detetcive of a murder mystery with Arthur Conan Doyle & Robert Sherard, and you might think of the whole idea as prepostorous,but that is the beauty of the book. Despite its outrageous intent, the book does a fantastic balancing act of staying true to its plot of a fictional murder...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! ;-)
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
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