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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher By Kate Summerscale

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale

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A signed and numbered special edition of the prize-winning, bestselling story of a famous Victorian murder case - and the notorious detective who solved it

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher Summary

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: Or the Murder at Road Hill House by Kate Summerscale

It is a summer's night in 1860. In an elegant detached Georgian house in the village of Road, Wiltshire, all is quiet. Behind shuttered windows the Kent family lies sound asleep. At some point after midnight a dog barks. The family wakes the next morning to a horrific discovery: an unimaginably gruesome murder has taken place in their home. The household reverberates with shock, not least because the guilty party is surely still among them. Jack Whicher of Scotland Yard, the most celebrated detective of his day, reaches Road Hill House a fortnight later. He faces an unenviable task: to solve a case in which the grieving family are the suspects. The murder provokes national hysteria. The thought of what might be festering behind the closed doors of respectable middle-class homes - scheming servants, rebellious children, insanity, jealousy, loneliness and loathing - arouses fear and a kind of excitement. But when Whicher reaches his shocking conclusion there is uproar and bewilderment. A true story that inspired a generation of writers such as Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle, this has all the hallmarks of the classic murder mystery - a body; a detective; a country house steeped in secrets. In The Suspicions of Mr Whicher Kate Summerscale untangles the facts behind this notorious case, bringing it back to vivid, extraordinary life.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher Reviews

'It is a beautiful piece, written with great lucidity and respect for the reader, and with immaculate restraint. A classic, to my mind, of the finest documentary writing.' John Le Carre 'A pacy analysis of a true British murder case from 1860, the unravelling of which involved one of the earliest Scotland Yard detectives and inspired sensation novelists such as Dickens and Wilkie Collins Absolutely riveting' Sarah Waters, Guardian 'Summerscale has constructed nothing less than a masterpiece My shelves are stacked with books about crime, but none more satisfying than this' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday 'Sparse, melancholy, beautifully written the year's most beguiling biography' Independent

About Kate Summerscale

Kate Summerscale was born in 1965. She is the author of the bestselling The Queen of Whale Cay, which won a Somerset Maugham award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread biography award. She has also judged various literary competitions including the Booker Prize. She lives in London with her five-year-old son.

Additional information

GOR002528050
9781408803561
1408803569
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: Or the Murder at Road Hill House by Kate Summerscale
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2009-10-05
400
Winner of Galaxy British Book Awards: Galaxy Book of the Year 2009 Winner of Galaxy British Book Awards: Play.com Popular Non-Fiction Award 2009 Winner of Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2008 Short-listed for The South Bank Show Awards: Literature 2009 Short-listed for Independent Booksellers' Week Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2009 Short-listed for Galaxy British Book Awards: Richard and Judy's Best Read of the Year 2009 Short-listed for Independent Booksellers' Week Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2008 Short-listed for CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2008
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