The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale

"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.

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Total Points: 54

Since this book was first published in 2008, there is a penalty of 54.4%. The age adjusted score is 24.62.

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