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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I did guess pretty close on the solution before the big reveal. The period feel was good and the cha...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! ;-)
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
Na ocasião, ela me falou sobre uma série de livros que apresentava Wilde como um detetive. A idéia, obviamente, muito me interesso...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
Which pissed me off in...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