The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale in Ely

Monday 9th July 2012

  • Venue The Bookshop, 9 High Street, Ely, CB7 4LJ
  • Doors open 7pm
  • Start time 7.30pm

The murder of a small boy at Road Hill House shocked Britain and was a cause célèbre even further afield. Dickens was intrigued by it, Wilkie Collins and others borrowed from it, and the public (through newspapers and broadsides) couldn’t get enough of it. The detective at its centre was pilloried in Punch and retired a broken man, but even after the culprit was brought to justice (or, rather, walked towards it willingly) there were twists outstanding…