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A labour of love,
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This review is from: The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House (Paperback)This book is meticulously researched, well written and is a revealing insight into middle class Victorian mores. It was clearly a labour of love for the author who deserves credit for her attention to detail and for presenting the facts of the murder and its consequences in a clear and lucid fashion.
That said, I think the book promised more than it delivered as I was expecting a more lurid and voyeuristic version of the crime and its criminal; perhaps that says more about me than the author. There are many hints about sexual deviations and the double standards of the morals of those mentioned in the book but these traits are never really expanded upon.
I had also anticipated some sort of revelation about the crime - perhaps using 21st century forensic and scientific advances- but apart from a few vague suppositions (I don't want to give anything away) there were no new and shocking theories as to what might have happened or who really killed the child.
Given that the fates of the main characters involved were mentioned in detail I was surprised that there was no mention of the house where the crime occurred; its geography is set out in some detail and I'd have been interested to know if the house still exists.
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Initial post: 13 Jun 2012 08:12:32 BDT
Mr. Pg Wheeler says:
Road Hill House does still exist, only it has been renamed "Langham House. The village name has also changed from Road to Rode. The privvy has now gone, but the graves of Saville Kent and his mother can still be found in the local churchyard, although the inscriptions are almost now unreadable
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