The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

Author: Kate Summerscale

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Detectives

Page: 360

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t's 1860. Saville Kent, age three, is murdered in an outdoor privy. The crime horrifies England. It leads to a national obsession that turns the masses into amateur sleuths. Inspector Jonathan Whicher is Britain's best. He realizes right away that the murder was an inside job-and he sees who did it. But Victorians refuse to believe that one family member can kill another. Unable to prove his circumstantial case, Whicher returns discredited to London. Only five years later, he turns out to have been right. But Whicher's real legacy lives on in fiction. He becomes the model for the tough, intuitive detectives that we've loved ever since: the cryptic Sgt. Cuff in Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone, Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade, the heroes of Law and Order and CSI. Now Kate Summerscale tells the story of the case that inspired the rise of the British mystery novel. This provocative true-crime story reads like a Victorian thriller.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

Author: Kate Summerscale

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408801582

Category: True Crime

Page: 400

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_______________ A beautiful new limited edition paperback of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, published as part of the Bloomsbury Modern Classics list _______________ WINNER OF THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK _______________ 'A remarkable achievement' - Sunday Times 'A classic, to my mind, of the finest documentary writing' - John le Carré 'Absolutely riveting' - Sarah Waters, Guardian _______________ On a summer's morning in 1860, the Kent family awakes in their elegant Wiltshire home to a terrible discovery; their youngest son has been brutally murdered. When celebrated detective Jack Whicher is summoned from Scotland Yard he faces the unenviable task of identifying the killer – when the grieving family are the suspects. The original Victorian whodunnit, the murder and its investigation provoked national hysteria at the thought of what might be festering behind the locked doors of respectable homes – scheming servants, rebellious children, insanity, jealousy, loneliness and loathing. _______________ 'Nothing less than a masterpiece' - Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday 'Terrific' - Ian Rankin 'A triumph' - Observer 'Gripping, unputdownable' - Sunday Telegraph 'A terrific read in the Wilkie Collins tradition' - Susan Hill 'The best whodunnit of the year - and it's all true ... Agatha Christie, eat your heart out' - Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

Author: Kate Summerscale

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0747582157

Category: True Crime

Page: 385

View: 7119


The dramatic story of the real-life murder that inspired the birth of modern detective fiction.

Summary of Kate Summerscale's The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN: 1669393291

Category: True Crime

Page: 43

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 On Friday, 29 June 1860, Samuel and Mary Kent were asleep in their house in Road, five miles from Trowbridge. They were bedridden with a baby on the first floor. Their eldest daughter, five-year-old Mary Amelia, shared their room. #2 On Friday, the Kents' nursemaid, Emily Doel, put the children to bed. Half an hour later, Gough carried Eveline up to the nursery and put her in the cot next to her own. The five-year-old Mary Amelia was put to bed in the room she shared with her parents. #3 The family was asleep in the nursery when the comet passed through the sky. At 10 p. m. , Mr Kent opened the yard door and unchained his black Newfoundland guard dog. #4 On the night of the murders, the dog in the house barked, but nobody heard anything out of the ordinary. The sun rose two or three minutes before 4 a. m. The door was safe as usual, and the window was a little bit open.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

Author: Kate Summerscale

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408891409

Category: Confession (Law)

Page: 400

View: 5879


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, and a country house steeped in secrets. The author untangles the facts behind this notorious case, bringing it back to vivid, extraordinary life.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

Author: Kate Summerscale

Publisher: Walker Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 460

View: 6719


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.

The Wicked Boy

Author: Kate Summerscale

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 140885113X

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 5150


Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2017 The gripping, fascinating account of a shocking murder case that sent late Victorian Britain into a frenzy, by the number one bestselling, multi-award-winning author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher 'Her research is needle-sharp and her period detail richly atmospheric, but what is most heartening about this truly remarkable book is the story of real-life redemption that it brings to light' John Carey, Sunday Times Early in the morning of Monday 8 July 1895, thirteen-year-old Robert Coombes and his twelve-year-old brother Nattie set out from their small, yellow brick terraced house in east London to watch a cricket match at Lord's. Their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, leaving the boys and their mother at home for the summer. Over the next ten days Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning family valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside. During this time nobody saw or heard from their mother, though the boys told neighbours she was visiting relatives. As the sun beat down on the Coombes house, an awful smell began to emanate from the building. When the police were finally called to investigate, what they found in one of the bedrooms sent the press into a frenzy of horror and alarm, and Robert and Nattie were swept up in a criminal trial that echoed the outrageous plots of the 'penny dreadful' novels that Robert loved to read. In The Wicked Boy, Kate Summerscale has uncovered a fascinating true story of murder and morality – it is not just a meticulous examination of a shocking Victorian case, but also a compelling account of its aftermath, and of man's capacity to overcome the past.