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The Mystery of a Hansom Cab The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab, The Best Selling Mystery Of The Nineteenth Century When A Man Is Found Dead In A Hansom Cab One Of Melbourne S Leading Citizens Is Accused Of The Murder He Pleads His Innocence, Yet Refuses To Give An Alibi It Falls To A Determined Lawyer And An Intrepid Detective To Find The Truth, Revealing Long Kept Secrets Along The Way Fergus Hume S First And Perhaps Most Famous Mystery The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab.

  • Paperback
  • 260 pages
  • The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
  • Fergus Hume
  • English
  • 15 September 2017
  • 184637006X

About the Author: Fergus Hume

Fergusson Wright Hume 1859 1932 , New Zealand lawyer and prolific author particularly renowned for his debut novel, the international best seller The Mystery of a Hansom Cab 1886 Fergusson Fergus Wright Hume was born 8 July 1859 at Powick, Worcestershire, England, son of Glaswegian Dr James Collin Hume, a steward at the Worcestershire Pauper Lunatic Asylum and his wife Mary Ferguson While Fergusson Wright Hume 1859 1932 , New Zealand lawyer and prolific author particularly renowned for his debut novel, the international best seller The Mystery of a Hansom Cab 1886 Fergusson Fergus Wright Hume was born 8 July 1859 at Powick, Worcestershire, England, son of Glaswegian Dr James Collin Hume, a steward at the Worcestershire Pauper Lunatic Asylum and his wife Mary Ferguson While Fergus was a very young child, in 1863 the Humes emigrated to New Zealand where James founded the first private mental hospital and Dunedin College Young Fergus attended the Otago Boys High School then went on to study law at Otago University He followed up with articling in the attorney general s office, called to the New Zealand bar in 1885.In 1885 Hume moved to Melbourne While he worked as a solicitors clerk he was bent on becoming a dramatist but having only written a few short stories he was a virtual unknown So as to gain the attentions of the theatre directors he asked a local bookseller what style of book he sold most Emile Gaboriau s detective works were very popular and so Hume bought them all and studied them intently, thus turning his pen to writing his own style of crime novel and mystery.Hume spent much time in Little Bourke Street to gather material and his first effort was The Mystery of a Hansom Cab 1886 , a worthy contibution to the genre It is full of literary references and quotations finely crafted complex characters and their sometimes ambiguous seeming interrelationships with the other suspects, deepening the whodunit angle It is somewhat of an expos of the then extremes in Melbourne society, which caused some controversy for a time Hume had it published privately after it had been downright rudely rejected by a number of publishers Having completed the book, I tried to get it published, but everyone to whom I offered it refused even to look at the manuscript on the grounds that no Colonial could write anything worth reading He had sold the publishing rights for 50, but still retained the dramatic rights which he soon profited from by the long Australian and London theatre runs.Except for short trips to France, Switzerland and Italy, in 1888 Hume settled and stayed in Essex, England where he would remain for the rest of his life His romance and Australian gold mining tale, Madame Midas was published in 1889 Miss Mephistopheles 1890 , Aladdin in London 1892 ,The Secret Passage 1905 , The Green Mummy 1908 , High Water Mark 1911 , The Master Mind 1919 , The Moth Woman 1923 , and The Last Straw 1932 were some of the many titles to follow The Mystery of a Hansom Cab.Although he was born and lived the latter part of this life in England, Hume thought of himself as a colonial and identified as a New Zealander, having spent all of his formative years from preschool through to adulthood in Dunedin, at the far edge of the empire Fergus Hume died of cardiac failure at his home in Rosemary, Grove Road, Thundersley, Essex, England on 11 July 1932



10 thoughts on “The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

  1. says:

    I would have known nothing about this novel and its author had it not been for listening to an interview with the author of this book The interview left me intrigued At the time I was about to spend a weekend in Melbourne, so downloading the work, which is well and truly in the public domain, seemed like a good idea The fact that it took me quite a few weeks to read, even though it s a relatively short work is an indication that I found it less than compelling However, there wasn t a time wh I would have known nothing about this novel and its author had it not been for listening to an interview with the author of this book The interview left me intrigued At the time I was about to spend a weekend in Melbourne, so downloading the work, which is well and truly in the public domain, seemed like a good idea The fact that it took me quite a few weeks to read, even though it s a relatively short work is an indication that I found it less than compelling However, there wasn t a time when I considered abandoning it The backstory of the author, the fact that the novel was a 19th century bestseller that out sold Conan Doyle s first work and its setting in a city I know all made me push through As the title suggests, this is a whodunnit There s a murder, a police officer or two, a falsely accused hero, a loyal heroine...

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    The bottom line is that I really liked this book another ahhhhh read in my history of mystery project for 2017 It is yet another one, like The Leavenworth Case that comes right down to the wire in unmasking the killer, and yet another that belongs in the category of classic mystery fiction The story itself is a mix of crime, investigations, courtroom drama, melodrama, and elements of sensation fiction, complete with dark secrets from the past The novel begins with a report from the Argus o The bottom line is that I really liked thi...

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    Malcolm Royston, a cabman, was driving in Collins Street East, Melbourne at 1am on the 27th July 18 when he was hailed by a gentleman who appeared to be supporting another man, presumably under the influence of too much liquor When he pulled over, he was told to take the gentleman home, as he was awfully tight He stated that he had found the man slumped by a lamp post and though he didn t know him, thought he d send him safely home But suddenly the good Samaritan appeared to recognise the Malcolm Royston, a cabman, was driving in Collins Street East, Melbourne at 1am on the 27th July 18 when he was hailed by a gentleman who appeared to be supporting another man, presumably under the influence of too much liquor When he pulled over, he was told to take the gentleman home, as he was awfully tight He stated that he had found the man slumped by a lamp post and though he didn t know him, thought he d send him safely home But suddenly the good Samaritan appeared to recognise the drunken man, and allowing him to slump to the ground, rushed off in disgust.Rousing him with difficulty Royston finally managed to make out that the man wanted to go to St Kilda after navigating him into his cab, which turned out to be a bit of a struggle, he was about to drive off when the original man returned He de...

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    I asked a Goodreads friend from Down Under what Australian and New Zealand books she d recommend to an ignorant Yank like me I d only read Australian Kerry Greenwood and Germaine Greer and Kiwi Ngaio Marsh up to that point Magda was kind enough to send me a long list of excellent authors, including Fergus Hume The English born Hume grew up in New Zealand before relocating to Melbourne Unable to get his plays even looked at much less staged he instead turned out his first mystery, The Mys I asked a Goodreads friend from Down Under what Australian and New Zealand books she d recommend to an ignorant Yank like me I d only read Australian Kerry Greenwood and Germaine Greer and Kiwi Ngaio Marsh up to that point Magda was kind enough to send me a long list of excellent authors, including Fergus Hume The English born Hume grew up in New Zealand before relocating to Melbourne Unable to get his plays even looked at much less staged he instead turned out his first mystery, The Mystery of the Hansom Cab, in 1886 I...

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    Fergus Hume was born in England in 1832 His family emigrated to Australia, where he became a barrister and aspired to be a writer His early efforts were met with complete disinterest, and so, unwilling to admit defeat, he asked a local bookseller what type of book was most popular The answer was detective novels, and so Hume bought and studied all of the works of the popular crime writer Emile Gaboriau that the bookstore had to offer.The result was The Mystery of a Hansom Cab , the first of Fergus Hume was born in England in 1832 His family emigrated to Australia, where he became a barrister and aspired to be a writer His early efforts were met with complete d...

  6. says:

    If asked to name the bestselling mystery novel of the 19th century, most people would probably suggest something by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, possibly The Hound of the Baskervilles In fact the biggest selling 19th century mystery novel was Fergus Hume s The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Hume was born in England but brought up in New Zealand, and was living in Australia when he wrote the book The book is set in Melbourne He went on to write a further 131 crime novels.The book opens with a cabby disco If asked to name the bestselling mystery novel of the 19th century, most people would probably suggest something by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, possibly The Hound of the Baskervilles In fact the biggest selling 19th century mystery novel was Fergus Hume s The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Hume was born in England but brought up in New Zealand, and was living in Australia when he wrote the book The book is set in Melbourne He went on to write a further 131 crime novels.The book opens with a cabby discovering a dead man, identity unknown, in his hansom cab Police investigations soon establish the victim s identity, and circumstantial evidence points towards a wealthy young squatter, Brian Fitzgerald It soon becomes clear that Fitzgerald is hiding something,...

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    THE MYSTERY OF A HANSOM CAB 1886 Fergus W Hume 1 2.Hume was born in England, but migrated to Australia living in Melbourne This was his first mystery, and became a huge bestseller It was the best selling mystery of the nineteenth century, surpassing the sales of the books of Sherlock Holmes stories He went on to write about one hundred additional mysteries, but most of them have been forgotten This first novel is still read, and not just by Australians The Hansom cab, named afte THE MYSTERY OF A HANSOM CAB 1886 Fergus W Hume 1 2.Hume wa...

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    3.5 stars for the LibriVox audiobook narrated by Sibella Denton.A fun mystery parts were a little predictable but that didn t interfere with my enjoyment Hume managed to keep me wondering about who the culprit was right to the end.

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    Bettie s Books

  10. says:

    Just saying, if the author s foreword includes spoilers to the solution of the mystery, it really oughta be an afterword.Aside from that, about 2.5 stars The mystery was of average complexity, the characters and storytelling style pretty melodramatic I got an ironic chuckle out of the fact that The Leavenworth Case was mentioned and referred to as light reading, when I d rate The Mystery o...

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