Looking for a fascinating non-fiction book that reads like a good old-fashioned detective fiction book?
Have a read of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale.
I am only half way through this book but I am loving it. It is a non-fiction account of a murder that took place in Kent, England in 1860.
Detectives had only been around for 8 years, and it was one of the first cases involving a detective that because a public sensation.
This murder and the detective who investigated the case, Mr Jack Whicher, are credited for having significantly influenced the progress and content of detective fiction, which had only started in short story form shortly before this murder.
This is the first non-fiction book I have read for 2 years, and I can't put it down. If you didn't know it was non-fiction, you would almost not know it was non-fiction.
If you enjoy good quality crime fiction, or are just interested in literature and learning about the origins of a genre, then I think you should give this book a try.