The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective

by Kate Summerscale

Carol Donsky Newell: I just finished The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher and it's one of the best books I've read this year. Kate Summerscale is a good writer and a thorough researcher. Although this is a non-fiction book, the story unfolds like a work of fiction. You will love some of the social history --- how things came to be named and how people lived in the mid-nineteenth century. The lead detective is not only a fascinating character, but the first real detective and it is he that prompted the first detective stories by Poe, Dickins, Collilns and Doyle. The actual case lead to many fictionalized versions too.
Rating:*****

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