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Brilliantly researched and completely engrossing,
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This review is from: The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House (Hardcover)The murder of a young child which took place at Road Hill House, Wiltshire in 1860 captured the imagination of the public and turned everyone into amateur detectives. The perfect example of a country house murder with a finite amount of suspects also inspired writers of the time such as Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Mary Elizabeth Braddon.
'The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher' is structured so that first, we learn the details of the crime, then we learn about the investigation which leads on to what happened next and the author's own theory based on the evidence. To say this book is well-researched in something of an understatement; if someone goes through a toll road, we know how much they pay; if someone moves to London we find out who they lived next door to; if someone left a will, we find out exactly what they left and to whom. I'm sure this level of detail would be irritating to some, but I found it absolutely incredible!
The book is also interesting in giving us a taste of the time, the attitudes of the people, the ways in which the Police force was growing and how events were shaping literature.
This is an extraordinary achievement and engrossing throughout. I can't wait to see what she will come up with next!
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Initial post: 23 Jan 2009 21:01:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jan 2009 21:01:51 GMT
Mrs. Joy Milligan says:
Help I really want to read this book but I have a three year old grandson and I can get very upset about anything to do with the murder of a child . Is it too graphic for an over sensitive grandma?
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2009 14:09:12 GMT
Based upon how you describe yourself my guess would be that it is. Which is unfortunate because it is a good read. Sorry.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2009 07:24:06 BDT
Bertie Fox says:
Snapdragon, Do you weigh suspects? You have a NUMBER not an amount of suspects! This very common mistake, especially on radio, is beginning to irritate me as much as the 'less suspects' rather than 'fewer suspects' type of common faux pas.
I'm not a pedant, just someone who loves the English language and hates to see it macerated.
Posted on 23 Sep 2009 18:35:00 BDT
Mr. Edward Joshua Hunt says:
I quite agree. This is an utterly fascinating insight into Victorian family 'values', in particular how hypocrisy, especially of the sexual kind, permeated middle-class society.
And if you want to have a 'finite amount of suspects', Snapdragon, you have them. Methinks the recent comment was (unnecessarily) pedantic, in spite of the writer's declaration to the contrary!
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2011 19:31:25 GMT
JIMBO (Dublin,) says:
The description of the murder, was for me no different than what you would read in any fiction/ non fiction book and I could deal with it. However the horror for me was why it was done in the first place and to an almost four year old child. If you are sqeuamish, then leave it alone
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