The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher - A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective-logo

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher - A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective

Kate Summerscale

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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Vance

Length:

9h 49m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

17:51


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

26:44


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

19:53


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

25:00


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

30:35


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

35:24


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

24:41


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

14:17


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

30:14


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

32:15


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

28:10


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

25:09


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

35:23


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

26:01


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

22:59


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

43:21


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

38:17


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

27:07


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

42:58


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

16:28


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

23:56


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

02:22