Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale
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Suspicions of Mr. Whicher
By Kate Summerscale

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

or the Murder at Road Hill House [CD-Audio/MP3 Edition]

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Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale

Book Awards

  • Winner of Galaxy British Book Awards: Play.com Popular Non-Fiction Award 2009.
  • Winner of Galaxy British Book Awards: Galaxy Book of the Year 2009.
  • Winner of Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2008.
  • Shortlisted for Galaxy British Book Awards: Richard and Judy's Best Read of the Year 2009.
  • Shortlisted for Independent Booksellers' Week Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2009.

Book Description

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781408800102
ISBN-10: 1408800101
Format: CD-Audio
(210mm x 140mm x mm)
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 20-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Kate Summerscale

Kate Summerscale was born in 1965. She is the author of the bestselling The Queen of Whale Cay, which won a Somerset Maugham award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread biography award. She has also judged various literary competitions including the Booker Prize. She lives in London with her five-year-old son.

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