The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale audiobook

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective

By Kate Summerscale
Read by Simon Vance

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge
9.68 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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In 1860 a three-year-old boy was found at the bottom of a privy with his throat slit. The crime horrified all England, led to a national obsession with the new art of detection, and ironically destroyed the career of the greatest detective in the land. Pr

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of the 2008 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction

A 2009 Macavity Award Finalist for Best Nonfiction/Critical Work

A 2009 Anthony Award Finalist for the Best Critical Nonfiction Work

A 2008 Agatha Award Finalist for Best Nonfiction

A 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Fact Crime

A 2008 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction

An Indie Next Notable Title, September 2008

In 1860 a three-year-old boy was found at the bottom of a privy with his throat slit. The crime horrified all England, led to a national obsession with the new art of detection, and ironically destroyed the career of the greatest detective in the land. Pr

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“One eloquent doozy of a true-crime thriller.” Entertainment Weekly
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher combines a thumping good mystery yarn with fine social and literary history.” Denver Post
“Not just a dark, vicious true-crime story; it is the story of the birth of forensic science, founded on the new and disturbing idea that innocent, insignificant domestic details can reveal unspeakable horrors to those who know how to read them.” Time
“A brilliant reconstruction of the obstacles facing detectives long before the advent of forensic technology.” Los Angeles Times Book Review
“[A] fastidious reconstruction and expansive analysis of the Road Hill murder case…Summerscale smartly uses an energetic narrative voice and a suspenseful pace, among other novelistic devices, to make her factual material read with the urgency of a work of fiction.” New York Times Book Review
“Fascinating.” Denver Post
“If you are a mystery lover, or if you have ever wondered how the modern love of the genre began, you’ll enjoy Summerscale’s tracing of the early days of the profession and the fascination it exerted…A fascinating look at Victorian life, death, and detection.” Associated Press
“A mesmerizing portrait of one of England’s first detectives and the gruesome murder investigation that nearly destroyed him…Whicher is a fascinating hero, and readers will delight in following every lurid twist and turn in his investigation.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A bang-up sleuthing adventure.” Kirkus Reviews
“Told and interwoven with admirable skill and definition.” BookPage
“In crime annals, it’s right up there with the Lindbergh trial or the mystery surrounding JonBenet Ramsey: In 1860, one of Scotland Yard’s finest was sent to solve the murder of a little boy at an upscale address near London. It turned out Jack Whicher’s hunch was right, and his footwork fed the public imagination as well as writers such as Charles Dickens. Sadly, failure to clinch the case in court upended Whicher’s career.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Summerscale organizes the book like a period novel, with a denouement that suggests that full justice was never done. Erik Larson fans will be enthralled.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Kate Summerscale

Author Bio: Kate Summerscale

Kate Summerscale is the former literary editor for the Daily Telegraph and author of The Queen of Whale Cay, which won the Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread biography award. She lives in London.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English