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Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders: Oscar Wilde Mystery: 1 Paperback – 10 Jan 2008

4.0 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Oscar Wilde Mystery Series

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (10 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719569303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719569302
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Gyles Brandreth and Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders (-)

'Brandreth has poured his considerable familiarity with London into a witty fin de siecle entertainment, and the rattlingly elegant dialogue is peppered with witticisms uttered by Wilde well before he ever thought of putting them into his plays' (Sunday Times)

One of the most intelligent, amusing and entertaining books of the year. If Oscar Wilde himself had been asked to write this book he could not have done it any better.' (Alexander McCall Smith)

Genius . . . Wilde has sprung back to life in this thrilling and richly atmospheric new novel. . .The perfect topography for crime and mystery . . . magnificent . . . an unforgettable shocker about sex and vice, love and death (Sunday Express)

Very funny (Independent on Sunday)

Gyles Brandreth and Oscar Wilde seem made for one another . . . There is much here to enjoy . . . the complex and nicely structured plot zips along. (Daily Telegraph)

This is to be a series and if they're all as enjoyable as the first, they'll all be surefire best-sellers . . . The plot races along like a carriage pulled by thoroughbreds . . . So enjoyably plausible (The Scotsman)

Both a romp through fin-de-siècle London . . . and a carefully researched portrait of Oscar Wilde . . . Very entertaining (Literary Review)

Brandreth has the Wildean lingo down pat and the narrative is dusted with piquant social observations. A sparkling treat for fans of Wilde and Sherlock Holmes alike (Easy Living)

Wilde as detective is thoroughly convincing. . . . The period, and the two or three worlds in which Wilde himself moved, are richly evoked . . . Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders is an excellent detective story. I'm keenly looking forward to the rest of the series (The District Messenger, Journal of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London)

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In OSCAR WILDE AND THE CANDLELIGHT MURDERS, the first in Gyles Brandreth's acclaimed Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries series featuring Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle, the brutal murder of a young rent-boy puts Oscar in grave danger... 'Intelligent, amusing and entertaining' Alexander McCall Smith

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