In 1860, a missing three-year-old was found in the bottom of an outdoor privy. Not an accident - the toddler’s throat was cut. Scotland Yard was called in to solve this horrific crime.
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: a Shocking Murder and the undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale was a book I liked in every way. I liked the historical murder presented in the form of a murder-mystery. I liked connecting the Road House killing to the novels written at the time. I liked the tracing of the history of all the 'players' to their natural deaths. I just liked the book.
A great book that gives insight in to the life and times of Victorian England. Also sheds a light on how the police treated violent deaths back in the day.
Interesting insight into Victorian culture and values through the story of a Victorian country house murder in 1860 and the Scotland Yard Dectective who tried to solve the mystery.
Kind of dry reading however! it's related to the Railway Murder in 1864 of which Richard (Dick) Tanner the very first 'inspector' whose job was similarly based the fictional Sherlock Holms. Tanner is buried at Winchester West Hill Cemetery. Further interest see PBS Secrets of Scotland Yard 11/2013 Excellent.
Oh dear, I was really disappointed in this, it read like a police report, very boring, I kept going only because I wanted to find out what happened, and believe it or not I am really not sure I did.
Really outstanding--a Victorian true crime that reads like a mystery! This was the "O.J. Simpson" -like case of the day.
I found this very fascinating - a really good documentary of a Victorian murder mystery. I couldn't put it down!
Outstanding non-fiction read ... Summerscale apparently had trouble reigning herself in while researching this piece. Not just a fascinating true-crime work set in Victorian England, this is also an incredibly interesting take on family ties and sleuth history. I'd also like to add that the book won the prestigious Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction in 2008.
"If you like Sherlock Holmes you won't be disappointed by The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, Kate Summerscale's retelling of a country-house murder in 1860s England. Her brilliant writing and research go far beyond a whodunit and open a revealing window on the strange, half-modern world of the Victorians."
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