Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Oscar Wilde et le meurtre aux chandelles ” as Want to Read:
Oscar Wilde et le meurtre aux chandelles
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Oscar Wilde et le meurtre aux chandelles (The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries #1)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  1,648 ratings  ·  281 reviews
One of Britain's premier royal biographers pens the first in a series of fiendishly clever and stylish historical murder mysteries

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
Paperback
Published February 2009 by 10/18 (first published 2007)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Oscar Wilde et le meurtre aux chandelles, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Oscar Wilde et le meurtre aux chandelles

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Connie
This is a Victorian mystery with Oscar Wilde acting as an investigator in the manner of Sherlock Holmes, the creation of Wilde's friend Arthur Conan Doyle. Wilde is very observant, as well as being a charming, witty conversationalist and writer. The story is narrated by Wilde's real friend, author Robert Sherard who is a character similar to Dr Watson. Wilde is searching for the murderer of a young male prostitute, found dead in a room full of incense and flickering candles. Oscar Wilde wrote th ...more
Dawn (& Ron)
I approached this historical mystery as I normally do, for the characters and the historical elements, with the mystery being well down my list. I very much enjoyed the historical fiction and character driven aspects of this book, which is about 2/3 of the book. When it gets to where the main focus is on the mystery I wasn't in the same thrall I was in before. That is what has caused my dilemma in rating this and in justifying my feelings towards this book.

This book is at its best in letting the
...more
Eden
Jul 29, 2008 Eden rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sherlock Fans
Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders is skilfully written and much in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle's works. The story takes place in 1889-1890, revolving around the murder of a young friend of Oscar Wilde.

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
Marialyce
I absolutely loved this book. It was witty and clever and held me to its pages, so, in other words it was a quick read. It had everything I like to read especially the many witticisms by Oscar Wilde. I came away loving him and wishing that his life had been happier and more settled.

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
Tasha
I picked this on up after reading The Picture of Dorian Gray. I never heard of the series but seeing Oscar Wilde mentioned in the series made me very curious. After about 2 years, I finally got to it. A fun character read with an interesting mystery. It's obvious this author really appreciates Wilde, Sherard and Doyle and it feels like these characters are probably pretty true to life. I found it be be well-written and an enjoyable read. I'll be moving on to the next in the series.
Paula
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Laura
3.5 stars

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
Loren
From ISawLightningFall.com

TWO-AND-A-HALF STARS

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
Tocotin
What a strange book. It's a fast read (took me one day, and I was doing other things too), it has Wilde, it has Conan Doyle, it has Victorian London, Scotland Yard, male prostitutes and other potentially fascinating elements, and still I didn't like it.
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
Kat
Feb 26, 2008 Kat rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Victoriana fans, people who like reading between the lines for hidden agendas
Shelves: recently_read
This is the sort of book that I almost never read. I normally don't like mysteries because of those inevitable few chapters when you've figured it out and are waiting for the characters to catch up to you. And I normally don't like books in which famous authors are the main characters, because the people who write those sort of books are never as clever as the people they are writing about, so the author as character is inevitably diminished (though I do enjoy books in which they pop up as suppo ...more
Diane Challenor
The author is obviously very familiar with Oscar Wilde's history and he was able to integrate the famous ranconter's persona into a cozy mystery which inlcuded the character of Arthur Conan Doyle. I'm enjoying the story and I'm amused by the dialogue of the main character, Oscar Wilde. It wouldn't surprise me if many of the story's snippets are "real" quotes incorporated in the conversations within the story. The author has adopted the wisdom of Sherlock Holmes and placed it in the heart of his ...more
Riju Ganguly
An amusing work, which is a classic example of successful marketing (since the ostensible claim of "pairing of Arthur Conan Doyle & Oscar Wilde as Watson & Holmes", was a blatant lie) pushing a mediocre work onto bigger stage. Mystery-wise, the novel is wafer-thin. But the enormous padding it has in the form of depiction of the genius whom we knew as Oscar Wilde, succeeds in making the book readable. Perhaps that's the only reason why this book is worthy of reading, because it indeed mak ...more
Susanne
I have read shamefully little of Oscar Wilde but every time I read a quote of his I always smile and promise myself to pick up The Picture of Dorian Gray and Three Stories or The Importance of Being Earnest very soon. Therefore I was of course intrigued when my friend handed me this book. Oscar Wilde as a detective? It turns out it works very well, it's a mystery somewhat in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle (who also shows up as a character in the book) but a bit less straightforward than the cas ...more
Angie Shaw
I love Oscar Wilde.
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
Erastes
Knowing of Gyles Brandreth from the television and radio, I rather thought this book might be a little “sophisticated” for me. He’s a vastly intelligent man and, like Stephen Fry, he often loses me with his mind but I needn’t have worried, because The Candlelight Murders(as it's known in the UK) is an enjoyable – almost frothy – murder mystery of the old school and thoroughly enjoyable.

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
Kim
It's difficult to put my finger on exactly what it was about this book that I didn't like. I think a lot of it is the narrator, Wilde's friend Robert Sherard. The narration just felt off. Half the time the narrator is being oblivious of any hints of homosexuality, regardless of how many rent boys he's surrounded with and the other half he's talking about Wilde's eventual trial and disgrace. Make up your mind! Really, there's a sense of uncomfortableness handling the issues of sexuality. Maybe it ...more
LJ
OSCAR WILDE AND A DEATH OF NO IMPORTANCE (Hist Mys-Oscar Wilde/Robert Sherard-England-1889) – G+
Brandreth, Gyles – 1st in series
Touchstone, 2008, US Trade paperback – ISBN: 9781416534839

First Sentence: My name is Robert Sherard, and I was a friend of Oscar Wilde.

Poet and author Oscar Wilde enters a room, filled with candles and incense, wherein he finds the naked body of a young man whose throat has been slashed. When he returns to the room with his friends, Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Sherard
...more
Phair
Still not sure what I thought of this. Interesting the way the author brought in Arthur Conan Doyle and had Wilde be enthusiastic about ACD's new story and adopt Sherlockian methods to solve the crime - in fact Wilde can outdo Sherlock when it comes to deduction through observation- plus the author had Doyle be influenced by Wilde in the further development of his Holmes and Mycroft characters.

I did guess pretty close on the solution before the big reveal. The period feel was good and the cha
...more
Debra Oakland
Oct 07, 2009 Debra Oakland rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of mystery, historical fiction and Oscar Wilde
Recommended to Debra by: Found it at Barnes & Noble
I love mystery books, but was looking for something different. The minute I found this new series, I new it was right up my alley. I love Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle. The poet Robert Sherard, and great friend of Oscar Wilde was new to me. His character is enjoyable and sweet. The brilliance of Oscar Wilde comes through on every page. The writing is superb. Full of wit and adventure.
Rose
Feb 28, 2013 Rose marked it as tried-to-read  ·  review of another edition
UPDATE: Apparently, I need the magic of Arthur Conan Doyle as narrator to make this series work for me. Sorry, Mr. Brandreth!

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! ;-)
Theodora Gotsis
The idea of Oscar Wilde as the lead detective in grissly, Victorian setting crimes was an interesting starting point. I also enjoyed the idea that the friend of Oscar was the narrator, rather than Wilde himself. All up, unfortunately, there just didn't seem to be much pace to the story. It was as though we were being asked to stroll through a normal day of murder, and this I found a little tedious. Although the plot was good and kept me interested, I didn't feel any real drive to find out what h ...more
Susanne Gruß
amused by how Brandreth dances around the issue of Wilde's homosexuality... too many Wilde quotations for my taste, though
Autumn
This is the kind of book that insists that Oscar Wilde was a perfect gentlemen who loved his wife very much. Dullsville!
Alma
Very entertaining though hardly life-changing. Full of many Wilde quotes cleverly integrated in the dialogue.
Michael Halpern
"The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it." OSCAR WILDE, The Critic as Artist

A thoroughly delightful book, in large part because it starts with history and re-writes it. Much of this book (as detailed in the author's biographical notes) is based on fact, but Brandreth (the author) decides to spice up history a bit. What if a young male companion and pupil of Oscar Wilde was found murdered? What if Wilde, his friend the poet Robert Sherard, and his new acquaintance Arthur Conan Doyle decid
...more
Claire Haeg
a disappointment. Stale and defensive regarding Wilde's reputation. Ho hum
Therese
I had very high hopes for this book, which is always risky, high hopes are so easily dashed. And indeed this book was not what I had expected, and because of that I was quite disappointed with it for the first half. I found myself quite annoyed with Oscar and the narrator, and Oscars deductions felt far too much like Sherlock Holmes (whom I adore). I understand that this is probably on purpose, given Arthur Conan Doyle's presence, but it really irritated me. Also, for a murder mystery, I felt th ...more
Luciana Darce
Quando estive em Paris em agosto, a Claire, do Jane Austen Lost in France, levou-me a um passeio que chamamos de “Em busca do fantasma de Wilde”. Começamos do Cemitério de Père-Lachaise, onde o escritor está enterrado, fomos ao Centro Cultural Irlandês render tributo a São Patrick e terminamos no L’hotel em Saint-Germain-des-Prés, onde ele morreu, em novembro de 1900.



Na ocasião, ela me falou sobre uma série de livros que apresentava Wilde como um detetive. A idéia, obviamente, muito me interesso
...more
Marilyn
Did I really like this book? Honestly, I'm not sure. The fact it took me three weeks to read would suggest I did not like it very much. I would have given it less stars but for the fact that I cannot really pinpoint why I think it deserves less. It was well-written. I enjoyed Brandreth's vision of what Oscar Wilde was like. I thought the mystery and the incorporation of Arthur Conan Doyle were cool. Despite these elements, I did not look forward to reading the book. I did not dread reading it, b ...more
Starliam
"Oscar Wilde che si traveste da Sherlock Holmes: perchè no?"
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
US / UK Editions 1 17 Nov 09, 2008 04:58PM  
US / UK Editions 1 16 Nov 09, 2008 04:57PM  
  • Murder Your Darlings (An Algonquin Round Table Mystery #1)
  • The Back Passage (Mitch Mitchell Mystery, #1)
  • Bosie: A Biography Of Lord Alfred Douglas
  • A Study In Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes
  • Jane and the Man of the Cloth (Jane Austen Mysteries, #2)
  • The Canary Trainer: From the Memoirs of John H. Watson, M.D.
  • The Return of Captain John Emmett
  • My Dearest Holmes
  • Black Is the Colour of My True Love's Heart (Felse, #6)
  • A Mystery of Errors (Shakespeare & Smythe, #1)
  • Interrupted Aria (Tito Amato, #1)
  • Sherlock Holmes for Dummies
  • The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde
  • The Dark Water: The Strange Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes
  • Ruse, Vol. 2: The Silent Partner
  • Full Dark House (Bryant & May, #1)
  • A Brush with Death (A Penny Brannigan Mystery #2)
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson
210683
Full name: Gyles Daubeney Brandreth.
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
More about Gyles Brandreth...
Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death Oscar Wilde And The Dead Man's Smile Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders (The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries #5) Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders: A Mystery Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol

Share This Book

“I am the prince of procrastination. It is my besetting sin. I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do - the day after” 17 likes
“Those who pay their bills on time are soon forgotten. It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.” 4 likes
More quotes…