“This should have been right up my alley, so I kept reading. I did not enjoy it one bit.”Pat Marini wrote this review Thursday, June 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Promising start, then kind of ran out of steam midway through it. Became a little redundant. ”Q wrote this review Sunday, June 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book reads like a grocery list - tedious and well researched. Marketed as a popular non fiction and is anything but being entirely void of any writing flair.”i like boox wrote this review Sunday, April 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Road Hill House murder shocked Victorian England. The crime itself was brutal, of course, but what really shook the foundation of Victorian assumptions about social class and safety was that the murder took place in an otherwise ordinary middle class household and that the murder was evidently one of its inmates.
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher follows the investigation of the murder and its aftermath, focusing on the lives of the Kent family and on Mr. Whicher, the detective, himself.
Summerscale does an amazing job of contextualising the murder and its aftermath. While she does go a little overboard in painting the Road Hill murder as the catalyst for change in Victorian society, she does at least make her argument rather convincing. Her writing style is approachable even for those unfamiliar with the era, and her frequent mentions of books and historical figures added extra fun to the reading for me because it brought back so many of my lessons from when I studied Victorian literature in university.
I highly recommend Mr. Whicher if you have an interest in the Victorian era, issues surrounding the interaction of law enforcement and privacy, or simply enjoy mysteries and want a little more background on real life detectives.”
“I actually didn't finish It. It's a very odd book. I found it tedious, full of more details that I wanted, and too scholarly for a mystery, while not engaging as a a historical narrative. Sort of a doctoral thesis that wasn't quite worked into a reading treat. I skimmed and skipped. Not my cupppa.”MizLoo wrote this review Monday, February 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Started off great then about 3/4 of the way through the book it seem to get repetitive. All in all the book was good and informative. It was good to see how crime scenes were handled during the infancy of the detective.”Patti wrote this review Sunday, February 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3.5”Fayezie wrote this review Saturday, February 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My wife recommended this book to me but sadly it was not one I enjoyed.
The book is a true account of the brutal, savage murder of a three year old boy in Victorian England. The boy was taken from his bed, stabbed in the chest so hard it broke his ribs, his throat was cut so deep his head was close to falling off then shoved down an outside privey. A detective from London arrives to investigate and is hindered from the word go by the family of the murdered boy, the community and even the local police force.
I did not enjoy the book for several reasons, firstly I found it very slow going, there is some padding (as is common with books of this type) and detail missing. Because it happened so long ago alot of the information used by the author is from newspaper reports of the time which can hardly be trusted to be accurate and impartial. The story itself is horrible. I do not consider myself sensitive or squeemish but the murder was so brutal and unprovoked that I found myself being disturbed more than I like to be reading a book for enjoyment.
The book is written in a style that was obviously designed to appeal to the masses but doesn't always make for the best historical, non-fiction writing.
If murders or crime thrillers particularly interest you then I imagine you may enjoy this book but it isn't my cup of tea at all”
“I enjoyed the history regarding the first police detectives and how they were oftened viewed by the public as spies. Also interesting was the English concept that a man's home was truly his castle and not subject to any breech even by the police in connection with a heinous crime.”Bob S wrote this review Friday, January 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No