When Whicher offers to help a country lady find her niece, he's drawn into a disturbing case of murder which brings him up against wealthy and powerful figures and throws him into conflict with his former police colleagues.
A divorce case involving a landowner and his young wife spirals into something darker, drawing Whicher into the heart of the English countryside where he uncovers the most disturbing and destructive of secrets.
In 1860 Scotland Yard's 'Prince of Sleuths' Jack Whicher is sent to rural Wiltshire to investigate the murder of three-year-old Saville Kent,snatched from his bed at night and killed.Saville's nurse Elizabeth Gough is a prime suspect but released for want of evidence though local Superintendant Foley is convinced it is an inside job. Foley gives his help grudgingly,disdainful of 'modern' methods,speculating that Saville woke to see Elizabeth with a lover,possibly Saville's father,an unpopular man. Part of a woman's torn garment is found,stained in blood,and Constance,Kent's sixteen-year-old daughter from his first marriage, claims she lost a night-gown. Dr. Stapleton,the family physician,tells Whicher that Constance,like her mother,is dangerously unstable and jealous of Saville. Both she and younger brother William hate their stepmother Mary,their former nanny,with whom Kent cuckolded their mother. Whicher arrests Constance but fails to get a confession from her and,at her trial,a ... Written by
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Ms.Spencer mentions having previously reported Mary's disappearance at Leman St. police station, where no one was interested. Leman Street was the police station featured in "Ripper Street", a similarly-themed show on the BBC. It was also the headquarters of H Division which investigated the real Jack the Ripper murders. See more »
Is this boring case really needed to be made into a boring movie?
A typical so-called English mystery that usually written by British female mystery writers and, they are just too many to be counted. Most of these no-big-deal "mysteries" would have been adapted into TV movies, then PBS would re-broadcast on American PBS channels. Funny thing is that I've never considered most these "mysteries" as real mysteries but no-big-deal bloated big deal, yet bore-to-death if truth could be really told. This movie is no exception and again, I really don't know such boring case would worth making into a movie, even it's based on a true story, so what? What we saw is a detective used his instinct and experience in murder investigations to try so hard to break a so obvious family murder case, the only thing he lacked material evidence and material witness. This kind of storyline is the typical mystery formula so adoringly adopted by the British female mystery writers and almost 99% of the British mysteries are just like this one. It's so flat that just like the heartland of America, so flat and endless in 4 directions.
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