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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale
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Apr 02, 2009

really liked it
Read in April, 2009

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher was a very detailed and fascinating look into a particularly gruesome murder (at least, for its time) in Victorian London.

Summerscale does a really good job of pacing the book just like your typical mystery book might be paced. And the fact that nothing contained within is fiction, is all the more impressive.

She also interweaves discussions on how this particular murder and its main detective, Mr. Whicher, went on to inspire nearly all future detective fiction, as well as how the general public perceived detectives and detection work in general.

All in all, a great read for anyone wanting to gain more insight into the period, detective work in its infancy, or for anyone who wants a good old fashioned murder mystery. True murder mystery, that is.
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04/10/2009 page 27
7.5% "So far so good. Like any mystery, real or otherwise, there are lots of details discussed. However, who doesn't love a good Victorian murder?"
04/11/2009 page 43
11.94% "The plot thickens..."
04/13/2009 page 77
21.39% "Interesting fact of the day: Victorian-era policeman were referred to as "bobbies" (and still are) on account of their founder:Robert Peel."
04/21/2009 page 203
56.39% "This book, so far, has been a very informative look at the birth of "detection", but also Victorian London life in general."
04/29/2009 page 360
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