The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher (CD-Audio)

Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective

By Kate Summerscale, Simon Vance (Read by)

HighBridge Company, 9781598878493

Publication Date: October 15, 2008

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (10/14/2008)
Paperback (2/24/2009)
Hardcover (4/15/2008)
Paperback (4/1/2011)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (2/1/2009)

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In June of 1860 three-year-old Saville Kent was found at the bottom of an outdoor privy with his throat slit. The crime horrified all England and led to a national obsession with detection, ironically destroying, in the process, the career of perhaps the greatest detective in the land.

At the time, the detective was a relatively new invention; there were only eight detectives in all of England and rarely were they called out of London, but this crime was so shocking that Scotland Yard sent its best man to investigate, Inspector Jonathan Whicher.

Whicher quickly believed the unbelievable—that someone within the family was responsible for the murder of young Saville Kent. Without sufficient evidence or a confession, though, his case was circumstantial and he returned to London a broken man. Though he would be vindicated five years later, the real legacy of Jonathan Whicher lives on in fiction: the tough, quirky, knowing, and all-seeing detective that we know and love today: from the cryptic Sergeant Cuff in Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone to Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher is a provocative work of nonfiction that reads like a Victorian thriller, and in it author Kate Summerscale has fashioned a brilliant, multilayered narrative that is as cleverly constructed as it is beautifully written.

About the Author

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. Summerscale lives in London.

SIMON VANCE is a prolific and popular audiobook narrator and actor with several hundred audiobooks to his credit. An Audie® Award-winner, Vance was recently named "The Voice of Choice" by Booklist magazine.

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

"Mesmerizing. . . . 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."

“Transforms listeners into armchair detectives. . . . Essential for crime and mystery collections.”
Library Journal [starred review]