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It is a summer's night in 1860. In an elegant detached Georgian house in the village of Road, Wiltshire, all is quiet. Behind shuttered windows the Kent family lies sound asleep. At some point after mi...

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Detailed, interesting, well-researched

long-winded, rambles off the point too much

The book recounts the events of a notorious Victorian murder case. In 1860 a 3-year old boy, Saville Kent, was taken from his bed at Road Hill House in Wiltshire. His body was later found in an outdoor privy on the premises of the country house. His throat had been cut and there were knife wounds...

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often interesting and discusses aspects of the cas...

lacks a sense of cohesion and is overly detailed i...

This is a book that has been heaped in critical praise. It was short listed for the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger and won the Samuel Jonson prize for non-fiction. Regrettably, I failed to like it. I say regrettably because Summerscale has clearly worked hard at her research and because...

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“The Hound is on the Scent”

published 03/05/2010

Some fascinating insights

Too objective and factual at times

The subject of this book encompasses all that is enthralling and intriguing about a good old-fashioned detective story: the secluded country house, the horrible murder committed from within, the parade of interesting suspects and last, but certainly not least, the highly-observant, puzzle...

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An incredible well written and fascinating book - ...

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As I was complaining about running out of suitable reading material a friend offered to lend me "The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or the Murder at Road Hill House " by Kate Summerscale. "You'll love it", she told me, "it's a great book". At this my other friend shrieked, "Oh God, it's an awful book...

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Super

Historical Events

Rambles a bit at the end

Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Kate Summerscale chose a little know character from history who was pivotal in changes to the crime and punishment system in the UK and fictionalised the pivotal case of Road Hill House. The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House printed by Bloomsbury...

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“Whodunnit?”

published 09/05/2009

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On the night of 30 June 1860 the Kent family retire for the night in Road Hill House in Wiltshire, Samuel Kent taking particular care to make sure that the house is locked up with the windows bolted and shutters closed. When nursemaid Elizabeth Gough wakes and finds that three year old Saville...

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“Just the cold, hard facts!”

published 17/03/2009

An interesting case, fascinating look into Victori...

Quite boring, no characterisation, too much like a...

Winner of the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize, this is a true story of a murder mystery that gripped this Country in 1860 and for many years afterwards. At midnight on the 30th June 1860, 3 year old Saville Kent is gruesomely murdered and the family realise that he was murdered by someone in their...

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Fascinating story of a Victorian crime

Maybe a little too much general background detail ...

On the night of 30 June 1860, the Kent family and their household went peacefully to bed as usual in their home, Road Hill House, on the Somerset/Wiltshire border. In the morning they awoke to find three year-old Saville missing. An exhaustive search of the house and estate led them to an outside...

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Beautifully written, captivating read

Not a novel, so not to everyone's taste

This is a very unusual book - I picked it up in the 2 for 1 sale at WH Smith thinking it was a nice-old fashioned murder mystery. It is, in fact, exactly that. The difference is that this murder actually happened and held the whole country in it's grip for many months as the investigation went on...

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A thoroughly researched book on Early Policing and...

Not what it leads you to believe it is.

'The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder of Road Hill House' (yes that is the title not me unable to make up my mind on the book I'm reviewing) by Kate Summerscale has been every where the last few months. Published by Bloomsbury in April 2008 it has topped various best sellers lists. A...

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Super

Very well researched and lays out all the facts

Title is misleading

I heard about this book before Christmas and it was described as being a really good mystery story, which I love. I went out and bought it straight away and it started off really well. It is a true story set it 1860 where a murder takes place in Road Hill house. The book then explains how the...

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Super

Well structured, informative

Sometimes a little difficult to read

I bought this book to take on holiday with me and wasn't disappointed. The book tells the story of the murder of Saville Kent in 1860, a murder which gripped Britain at the time. It is clear that extensive research has gone into the book, with several acknowledgements to historical documents...

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It's genuinely interesting and you want to know mo...

It poses many unanswered questions that some peopl...

I found the subject matter of this book fascinating. The parallel between the press reaction and speculation to the Road Hill murder and the recent disappearance of Madeleine Mccann is striking. I am giving this book four stars because it really interested me and I feel I've learnt new things...

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