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Oscar Wilde And The Candlelight Murders

Bought a book tonight which i thought i would share

The book description reads as follows

London, 1889. Oscar Wilde, celebrated poet, wit, playwright and raconteur is the literary sensation of his age. All Europe lies at his feet. Yet when he chances across the naked corpse of sixteen-year-old Billy Wood, posed by candlelight in a dark, stifling attic room, he cannot ignore the brutal murder. With the help of fellow author Arthur Conan Doyle he sets out to solve the crime – but it is Wilde’s unparalleled access to all degrees of late Victorian life, from society drawing rooms and the bohemian demi-monde to the underclass, that will prove the decisive factor in their investigation of what turns out to be a series of brutal killings.

The Oscar Wilde Murders is a gripping detective story of corruption and intrigue, of Wilde’s growing success, of the breakdown of his marriage, and of his fatal friendship with Aidan Fraser, Inspector at Scotland Yard... Set against the exotic background of fin-de-siecle London, Paris, Oxford and Edinburgh, Gyles Brandreth recreates Oscar Wilde’s trademark sardonic wit with huge flair, intertwining all the intrigue of the classic English murder mystery with a compelling portrait of one of the greatest characters of the Victorian age.


Has anyone read this at all? I will be doing so over the next few weeks. As i am very much a reader of Conan Doyle's works and i know they both met in real life i think this would make for a really good read!


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Apr. 1st, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)
I like these series. I've read a couple and I found them quite fun xD
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:00 am (UTC)
Haven't read this one, though I've stumbled across quite a few Wilde/Holmes or Conan Doyle crossovers. A warning - stay away from Wilde about Holmes. It's truly awful. I hope this one's considerably better!
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
My mum's just read the first three from that series and really enjoyed them! I'll be stealing them from her soon :)
Apr. 1st, 2011 11:49 am (UTC)
Read them all and I think they're wonderful!

I had a lovely chat with the writer at last year's Wilde Society lunch in Oxford, he's a patron of the Society and a huge Wilde fan. They are all so well researched and very lovingly written.
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