Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders by Gyles Brandreth

About the book

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.

Reviewed by Anton Bookies Reading Group:

The majority of the group enjoyed the book but thought it was a light read and ideal for a holiday. However we did not think it was well formed as a detective novel. With not enough characters in it, we found it too easy to guess who committed the murder .

Star rating: ***

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