The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab

The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab

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Introduced by Geordie Williamson

'Well,' said Mr Gorby, addressing his reflection in the looking glass, 'I've been finding out things these last twenty years, but this is a puzzler and no mistake.'

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab is the original blockbuster crime novel. Set in the marvellous Melbourne of the late nineteenth century it tells a devilishly tricky tale.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 414 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 30.48mm | 300g
  • Text Classics
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 1921922222
  • 9781921922220
  • 148,460

About Fergus Hume

Fergus Hume was born in England in 1859. His family soon immigrated to New Zealand, where Hume qualified as a lawyer. He was admitted to the bar in 1885 and moved to Melbourne in the same year.

Desperate to become a playwright but having no success, Hume decided to write a murder novel instead. When he couldn't find a publisher for The Mystery of a Hansom Cab he published it himself. It was a sensation and sold over twenty thousand copies in Melbourne.

With a hit on his hands, Hume sold his copyright to the Hansom Cab Publishing Company in London for fifty pounds. The book was a phenomenal success but Hume never saw another penny from his bestseller. It may have influenced Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes adventure.

Hume moved back to England in 1888 after the publication of his second novel, Madame Midas. He embarked on a career that produced over 130 novels. He never became a famous playwright but he did co-write the theatrical adaptation of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, which played in London for five hundred nights. The story was also filmed three times in the silent era.

Fergus Hume died in 1932.
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3 38% (437)
2 7% (78)
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