Kate Summerscale is a British author and journalist, best known for her award-winning non-fiction works. She gained widespread acclaim for her book 'The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House,' which won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. Her work often delves into historical true crime, exploring the social and cultural contexts of the events she recounts.
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"The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher" is a true crime novel that explores the infamous Road Hill House murder of 1860 in England. The book follows the investigation of Detective Inspector Jonathan Whicher, one of the earliest detectives in the London police force, as he tries to solve the murder of a three-year-old boy. The case, filled with scandal, intrigue, and mystery, was a sensation in its time and had a profound impact on the public perception of detectives and their methods. The book not only delves into the details of the case but also examines its influence on the detective genre in literature.