The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective - Kate Summerscale Read reviews: http://booklikes.com/the-suspicions-of-mr-whicher-a-shocking-murder-and-the-undoing-of-a-great-v/book,2608199 #books #mystery #reviews
Traces the 1860 murder of a young child whose death launched a national obsession with detection throughout England, nearly destroyed the career of a top Scotland Yard investigator, and inspired the birth of modern detective fiction.
In 1858, the lusty, adulterous contents of Mrs. Isabella Robinson's diary were read in court at one of England's first and most scandalous divorce trials. This narrative nonfiction work recounts the inner life of the repressed Robinson, the ensuing legal battle with her husband, and the changing face of Victorian marriage. Lolly calls it "an edifying look at the Victorian mind and thinking processes that not only created Isabella and Henry, but trapped them as well."