Friday, January 22, 2010
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, by Kate Summerscale
Interesting if over-thorough history of a murder case in Victiorian England that gripped national attention, and was solved by one of the first official police detectives, Mr. Whicher. Interesting look at Victorian mores, and an almost overwhelming amount of information about the history of police in England. Also, a bit or real-estate porn (the murder took place at Road Hill House, a smashing classic country house), and some great insight into how the fascination with true crime led to, essentially, the birth of modern day mystery and thriller writing. Good, but strange, read.