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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale
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Aug 20, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction-historical
Read in August, 2009

Traces the 1860 murder of a young child whose death launched a national obsession with detection throughout England, nearly destroyed the career of a top Scotland Yard investigator, and inspired the birth of modern detective fiction. If you wish to learn more about the beginnings of the modern police detective this is a great book. The murder itself only seems to occupy half the book. There is minute detail including much on how the press and public felt about the murder and police detectives. Almost two books -- one about the murder and one about police detectives and their beginnings.
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