The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, by Kate Summerscale
Summerscale’s deserved international bestseller takes a cue from the “sensational” novels of Wilkie Collins in relating the story of England’s first modern detective, Jonathan Whicher, and his ultimately doomed investigation of the 1860 murder of 3-year-old Saville Kent. Summerscale builds the suspense surrounding this country house-style real-life mystery to a crescendo as Whicher names the killer and then — even though he’s later proven correct by a confession — sees his reputation ruined. Read this in advance of Summerscale’s next historical crime tale, The Wicked Boy, publishing this July.
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