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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale

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List Price: £11.99


Paperback: 384 Pages.

Published: 26 July 2008 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Edition: First Edition

ISBN: 074759922X

EAN: 9780747599227

In the village of Road in Wiltshire during the summer of 1860, a family awakes to discover that a gruesome murder has taken place in their home. The guilty party is surely still among them. Jack Wilcher of Scotland Yard, the most celebrated detective of his day, has the unenviable task of conducting the investigation.


4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Interesting and Enjoyable

This is a very interesting tale of a true crime which was committed in a Victorian upper/middle class house. The murder of a child. The most fascinating thing about this book is the insight into the workings of the class system & their relationship to the law. The servants could be interviewed & suspected but trying to interview the main family of the house was nigh on impossible, especially the women. They were almost above the law. The policeman from Scotland Yard wasn't in control of the investigation - the father of the family was.

I did feel that one or two things needed a touch more explanation as the tale progressed. There were also a couple of dry sections which I struggled through before the tale started to flow smoothly again. Having said that, these were minor points & it was a most interesting & enjoyable book.

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

A different world

This is a well constructed and written book which introduces us to the Victorian world of policing and newspapers via a sensational murder. The overarching theme of the book is the class system in Victorian England - how the family was treated, who was suspected and even how the investigation was carried out and reported depended very much on the class and position in society of all the protagonists. This is easy to read and well resolved (although it has to be said that there are quite a lot of true crime books written which would argue with the conclusion of the author). Food for thought.

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