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  • The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer | Kate Summerscale

    The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kate Summerscale
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (65)
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    Early in the morning of Monday, July 8, 1895, 13-year-old Robert Coombes and his 12-year-old brother, Nattie, set out from their small, yellow-brick terraced house in East London to watch a cricket match at Lord's. Their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, the boys told their neighbors, and their mother was visiting her family in Liverpool. Over the next 10 days, Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning their parents' valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside. But as the sun beat down on the Coombes house, a strange smell began to emanate.

    Gina says: "Not enough info on the Wicked Boy to write a book"
  • The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective | Kate Summerscale

    The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kate Summerscale
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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. 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.

    Gyn says: "A Must Read For Every Detective Book Affecionado"
  • Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady | Kate Summerscale

    Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kate Summerscale
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Headstrong, high-spirited, and already widowed, Isabella Walker became Mrs. Henry Robinson at age 31 in 1844. Isabella chose to record her innermost thoughts - and especially her infatuation with a married Dr. Edward Lane - in her diary. One day Henry chanced on the diary and, broaching its privacy, read Isabella's entries. Aghast at his wife's perceived infidelity, Henry petitioned for divorce on the grounds of adultery. The trial would be a cause célèbre, threatening the foundations of Victorian society.

    Dracolichking says: "Wonderful Insight Into Victorian Culture"
  • The Wicked Boy | Kate Summerscale

    The Wicked Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kate Summerscale
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
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    Early in the morning of Monday, 8 July 1895, 13-year-old Robert Coombes and his 12-year-old brother, Nattie, set out from their small, yellow-brick terraced house in East London to watch a cricket match at Lord's. Their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, the boys told their neighbours, and their mother was visiting her family in Liverpool. Over the next 10 days, Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning their parents' valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside.

    Robyn says: "Wow!"
  • The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House | Kate Summerscale

    The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kate Summerscale
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
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    It is a summer's night in 1860. In an elegant detached Georgian house in the village of Road, Wiltshire, all is quiet. Behind shuttered windows, the Kent family lies sound asleep. At some point after midnight, a dog barks. The family wakes the next morning to a horrific discovery: an unimaginably gruesome murder has taken place in their home. The household reverberates with shock, not least because the guilty party is surely still among them.

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