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February 18, 2009


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I loved this book, and am now reading The Moonstone. It is really interesting to see the similarites between the real life crime, and the fictional ones written at the time.

I also loved finding out about the details of everyday life in a Victorian household. This is a great book, and I can't wait to see which project Kate Summerscale takes on next.

I've been wanting to read this book since it first came out and still haven't gotten around to it. It does look like something I'd enjoy especially if I make the time to reread The Woman in White.

This is definitely one that I'm going to read at some point.

Another good one is The Beautiful Cigar Girl about the real life murder of Mary Rogers, the formation of the NY police force and Edgar Allan Poe's attempts to write his own solution to the murder. I reviewed this and a fiction written about the same topic:

I LOVED this book! I will admit I ummmed and ahhhhed about it in the bookshops and never ventured with it but Bloomsbury sent it last October and one horrid rainy Saturday I started it and suddenly it was finished and it was 9pm a day had gone. One you get around the fact its not fiction, which from the cover is naughtily not clear, its a dream. I too got very involved and am planning on re-reading The Woman in White (my fav book of all time) and Lady Audleys Secret! Great review.

Thanks for this, Juxtabook. I've been umming and ahhing about this book since it came out but after this glimpse into its workings I shall take the plunge and get it.

I too enjoyed this book, It was also featured on R4 book of the week a while ago, I decided to get it after listening to it. The allowences because of the (Middle) class of the suspects against the (Lower) class of the detective was particularly enlightening.

It is strange after all the plaudits and the rave reviews on the cover and in the blogosphere that so many of you, like me, where dithering about reading it. It shows that there can be too much hype and publicity, and that sometimes more modest covers might help! A lesson to publishers...

As many of you mention, this book makes me want to re-read Wilkie Collins too.

I agree J, about the class differences being key to the way the investigation ran.

Thank you Kristen for the link to your review. I will add it to the main post as it is, as you say, on a very similar theme.

Thanks for the bump! I enjoyed reading this sort of non-fiction as it compared to the fiction of the day. It brought my own interests in. I'm not one for police procedurals of any sort but The Beautiful Cigar Girl (and it sounds like Mr. Whicher) put their events in a broader social context which makes for a more fulfilling read.

I'll be reading this for book group soon... I haven't heard a bad thing about it, so fingers crossed!

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