The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House Book

On June 30, 1860, the well-to-do, Kent family of Road Hill House, awoke to find their youngest son, three year old, Saville Kent, brutally murdered. Surely it had to be one of their own, as the house was locked from the inside? The whole house is soon under suspicion and to help solve the crime, Scotland Yard sends Jonathan Whicher, an extremely confident an gifted detective-inspector, to investigate. As Whicher gets to work, he begins to unravel the Kent family history, from deceits and affairs to disease and vengeance. This story is a fantastic classic, gripping murder mystery that you won't be able to put down until you find out whodunit!Read More

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    It is a summer's night in 1860. In an elegant detached Georgian house in the village of Road Wiltshire all is quiet. Behind shuttered windows the Kent family lies sound asleep. At some point after midnight a dog barks. The family wakes the next morning to a horrific discovery: an unimaginably gruesome murder has taken place in their home. The household reverberates with shock not least because the guilty party is surely still among them. Jack Whicher of Scotland Yard the most celebrated detective of his day reaches Road Hill House a fortnight later. He faces an unenviable task: to solve a case in which the grieving family are the suspects. The murder provokes national hysteria. The thought of what might be festering behind the closed doors of respectable middle-class homes - scheming servants rebellious children insanity jealousy loneliness and loathing - arouses fear and a kind of excitement. But when Whicher reaches his shocking conclusion there is uproar and bewilderment.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; a country house steeped in secrets. In The Suspicions of Mr Whicher Kate Summerscale untangles the facts behind this notorious case bringing it back to vivid extraordinary life.

  • 0747596484
  • 9780747596486
  • Kate Summerscale
  • 5 January 2009
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Paperback (Book)
  • 400

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