Trade Ed. HighBridge Audio 2008
CD ISBN 9781598878493 $34.95 Eight CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
The art of detection was in its infancy when the murder of 3-year-old Saville Kent rocked Britain's sensibilities. The child's body was found on the family's estate, stuffed down the servants' outdoor privy. It was a week before DI Jack Whicher of Scotland Yard was called in to investigate. Summerscale uses excerpts from popular Victorian detective fiction as examples of the period, and Simon Vance inhabits each new voice with gusto and originality. He expertly conveys British attitudes toward criminality and class distinction, and when Whicher names his prime suspect, Vance makes listeners feel Whicher's disappointment and subsequent disgrace as the media and the courts turn against him. The audiobook includes a house plan a family tree, and a chart listing the large cast of characters. Artful, suspenseful, and worthwhile listening. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2009]
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