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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale
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May 18, 11

bookshelves: historical, mystery, non-fiction
Read in May, 2011

A true Victorian murder mystery set in a country house, the perfect setting for the beginnings of detective fiction, except is was horribly true. The murder of three-year-old Saville Kent at Road Hill House was a true mystery that was almost more than England, at that time, could handle. A detective, Whicher, among the first of his kind, was dispatched to solve a riddle that horrified and riveted the public. Summerscale's research and attention to detail are evident in the people and places that she is able to tie together from the beginnings of the murder through to the last member of the families death. Pictures and illustrations put you in and near the house at the time of the crime. A great conundrum.

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05/10/2011 page 27
05/12/2011 page 140
38.0% "No shortage of suspects! The Victorians were so homicidal."
05/17/2011 page 254
68.0% "Must finish...there's been a confession so everything should wrap up now. Only about 50 more pages since there are a lot of notes and index."
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