The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of A Great Victorian Detective

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In June of 1860 three-year-old Saville Kent was found at the bottom of an outdoor privy with his throat slit. The crime horrified all England and led to a national obsession with detection, ironically destroying, in the process, the career of perhaps the greatest detective in the land, Jonathan Whicher of Scotland Yard. Whicher quickly believed the unbelievable--that someone within the family was responsible for the murder of young Saville Kent. Without sufficient evidence or a confession, though, his case was circumstantial and he returned to London a broken man. Though he would be vindicated five years later, the real legacy of Jonathan Whicher lives on in fiction: the tough, quirky, knowing, and all-seeing detective that we know and love today ... from the cryptic Sgt. Cuff in Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone to Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Walker & Company : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, 2008
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780802715357
0802715354
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 S955s 2008
Characteristics: xxiii, 360 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 22 cm

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In June of 1860 three-year-old Saville Kent was found at the bottom of an outdoor privy with his throat slit. The crime horrified all England and led to a national obsession with detection

In June of 1860 three-year-old Saville Kent was found at the bottom of an outdoor privy with his throat slit. The crime horrified all England and led to a national obsession with detection, ironically destroying, in the process, the career of perhaps the greatest detective in the land, Jonathan W... Read More »


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horthhill
May 25, 2016

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.

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671books
Jan 07, 2016

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.

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uncommonreader
Jan 16, 2014

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.

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IV27HUjg
Nov 18, 2013

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.

KatSu Aug 18, 2012

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.

hgeng63 Aug 04, 2012

Really outstanding--a Victorian true crime that reads like a mystery! This was the "O.J. Simpson" -like case of the day.

loonylovesgood Jul 15, 2012

I found this very fascinating - a really good documentary of a Victorian murder mystery. I couldn't put it down!

alleycat Jun 13, 2012

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.

debwalker Jun 11, 2011

"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."

Ronald Wright

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ladybugg
May 18, 2011

Very interesting,very well written,lots of good information of the beginnings of detective and police work.

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