The Mystery of a Hansom Cab PDF Â The Mystery

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab PDF Â The Mystery

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab ➿ The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Free ➶ Author Fergus Hume – 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 inn The Mystery of a of a PDF/EPUB ê Hansom Cab the best selling mystery of the nineteenth century The Mystery PDF/EPUB or When a man is found dead in a hansom cab one of Melbourne’s leading citizens Mystery of a Epub à 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.

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  1. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    35★I wanted to read this novel as soon as I found out that;☞ Although Hume was born died in England and wrote his most famous work this one while living in Australia his time in NZ obviously meant a lot to him and he identified as a Kiwi for the rest of his life I can relate to that I am still a Canadian citizen but I always feel 100% like a New Zealander Home is where your heart is ♥☞ This book supposedly inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to write his first Sherlock Holmes book And I really enjoyed the start Hume's style was initially fast paced and far fresh and lively than most Victorian authors I really engaged with the charactersBut I have to go on my own reading experience and for me the pace fell off and I had to read the ending twice to figure out the killer's motivation35★ is a good rating from me it does mean I want to read by this author And I am tougher on the murder mystery genre as I read so many of them

  2. Kim Kim 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 uite 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 and some shady characters from the Melbourne underworld It has the reuisite number of red herrings some rather stilted dialogue and a resolution that can't really be worked out from clues in the narrative Crime fiction fans with an interest in the beginnings of the genre will be interested in this work than others It's not really something for the casual reader

  3. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    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 on Saturday the 28th of July 18 telling its readers of an extraordinary murder that occurred in a most unlikely place a hansom cabcommitted by an unknown assassin within a short distance of the principal streets of this great city surrounded by an impenetrable mystery Indeed from the nature of the crime itself the place where it was committed and the fact that the assassin has escaped without leaving a trace behind him it would seem as though the case itself had been taken bodily out of one of Gaboriau's novels and that his famous detective Leco would only be able to unravel itWhile it can be thought of as a detective novel in the sense that there are two men who are working on the case of the man who was murdered in the hansom cab in Melbourne it is much True there are detectives the police detective who eventually follows the small amount of clues to make an arrest as set against the detective hired by the accused man's attorney to prove him innocent At the same time others are also doing their own bit of detection in this story so to limit it by giving it the label of detective fiction isn't exactly right It also delivers some pretty strong commentary and criticism on society of the time which is I think one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much The book is also notable for its view of contemporary Melbourne it takes the reader through the city streets from the gentility of the city's gentlemen's clubs down into its darker dens of vice Add to that the elements of sensation fiction which I love and the characterizations; putting aside the melodrama it all made for a couple of days of reading pleasure It also really messes with reader expectations in a very big way recommended for those who are into this older stuffhttpwwwcrimesegmentscom201712

  4. Brenda Brenda says:

    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 liuor 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 disgustRousing 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 declared he would see the drunk home after all and entered the cab seating himself next to the gentleman – Royston then proceeded to head for St Kilda But a little later Royston found himself heading to the Police Station – the following investigation had the police convinced they had found their murderer; the ease of the arrest thrilled the investigative officer Mr Gorby immensely Mr Calton on the other hand wasn’t so convinced – his investigation was intense and thorough What would he find? How would the lives of the participating players of this drama be affected?What an entertaining mystery Written back in the 1880s it covers everything needed for a good mystery with a number of characters eccentric and otherwise It was a little tedious to read at times but I suppose that might have to do with the time it was written For anyone who would like a glimpse into Australia’s past especially Melbourne’s inhabitants of the 1800s this could interest you a lot

  5. Ivonne Rovira Ivonne Rovira says:

    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 It became an international sensation and inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes and pen A Study in ScarletThe novel begins in colonial Australia with a cabbie picking up two gentlemen in evening dress one of whom was falling down drunk The first gets out early and when the cabbie opens the door to let out the second at that gent’s home the cabbie discovers that the drunk fellow’s been murdered How can the authorities track down the accompanying gentleman who must surely be the murderer?Mr Gorby a Melbourne police detective discovers the victim’s identity and arrests a suspect about halfway through the novel But Mr Gorby’s rival on the police force Mr Kilsip has very different ideas As with any good 19th century mystery evidence will emerge that leads Mr Gorby to reopen the case and the two rivals will vie — along with the defense attorney Duncan Calton — to be the one to bring the true murderer to justice Many modern readers decry 19th century mystery novels as dry and contrived but The Mystery of the Hansom Cab proves as exciting as any by Lawrence Block Sue Grafton Dean Koontz Tony Hillerman Elizabeth Peters Laurie R King or PD James I couldn’t put it down until I got to the very last chapter The Mystery of the Hansom Cab provides readers with a taste of an Australian classic indeed one that predates the Australian federation by 15 years While the novel provides a fun read in its own right it’s also nice to see the mystery that inspired the greatest fictional detective of all time Sherlock Holmes

  6. Leslie Leslie says:

    35 stars for the LibriVox audiobook narrated by Sibella DentonA 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

  7. Jane Jane says:

    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 offerThe result was ‘The Mystery of a Hansom Cab’ the first of some 130 books that the author would publish between 1886 and his death in 1932 That first book though was his only success And it was a huge success; uite probably the best selling detective story of the eighteenth centuryOther books of the period may have stood the test of time better may speak for their times elouently; other authors may have left a greater body of work; but this book has much to hold the interestThe book opens with a newspaper account of a murder A drunken man had been put into a cab by another man who instructed the driver to take him home And when the driver stopped to ask his fare for directions not long afterwards his passenger was dead suffocated with a chloroform soaked handkerchief bearing the initials OW There was nothing else that gave any clue to the dead man’s identity and nothing at all to indicate who the man who had put him into the cab – the man who must surely be his murderer – might beMr Gorby the police detective at the head of the investigation was very capable and he was uick to establish that the dead man was Oliver Whyte a newcomer to Melbourne society It was interesting that Whyte had been courting Madge Frettlby who was the only child of Mark Frettlby one of the richest men in the city Madge was in love with Brian Fitzgerald an Irishman who had come to Melbourne to make his fortune; her father knew that and yet he was encouraging Whyte’s suit Whyte and Fitzgerald were understandably on very bad terms Gorby learned that Fitzgerald has been heard to threaten Whyte at his lodgings; he learned that Fitzgerald wore a light coat wide brimmed hat just like the man who had put Whyte into the cab; he learned that Fitzgerald had been out in the city that night He was convinced that he had his manFitzgerald pleaded innocence but herefused to provide an alibi for the time of the murder He had one but he would not use it because he knew that to do so would cause irreparable damageIt was fortunate that his lawyer Mr Calton believed him and prepared to investigate Another police detective Mr Kilslip was convinced that his old rival Mr Gorby had got things wrong; and so the two men set out to uncover the truthThey came to understand why Fitzgerald wanted to keep a secret that he wished he had never been told a terrible secret with roots in England and Australia involving some of the highest and some of the lowest of Melbourne society The plot rattled along nicely from crime to investigation to trial to aftermath And as it did that it shifted from crime story to sensation story Hume did better with the former than the latter and though I enjoyed most of the journey in the end I could see how things were going to play out and ready for the journey to be overBut I had found much to appreciate along the wayI admired the professionalism of the police and lawyers and I was pleased that they all proved to be capable I liked that there was some moral ambiguity in the way the story played out And I found it easy to believe in these people to believe in their world and to enjoy spending time thereA hint of misogyny was disappointing but Madge did develop into a credible heroine – albeit a woman of her time – after a shaky start and this was a story about plot much than characters The characters did their job but no The very best thing though was the wealth of literary references that peppered the story the many times when the characters mentioned something they’d read about I spotted Gaboriau De uincy Zola Braddon and I suspect that there were others that I didn’t recognise Sometimes it felt a little contrived but it was lovely and I loved the author’s generosity of spiritThe authors I didn’t see mentioned but whose influence I was sure I saw were Charles Dickens – in the slums – and Wilkie Collins – in the melodramaFergus Hume is nowhere near their class but he has left the world a rather nice period entertainment pitched at a very interesting point in the evolution of crime fiction

  8. Dfordoom Dfordoom 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 novelsThe 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 suatter Brian Fitzgerald It soon becomes clear that Fitzgerald is hiding something and is prepared to face the hangman’s noose rather than reveal the secret By modern standards I’d describe it as a crime melodrama There are gentlemen declaring their intention to die rather than put a lady’s honour at risk There are dreadful family secrets There are surprise witnesses There is a convoluted plot involving some unlikely coincidences The final resolution is suspiciously neat It’s all very breathless On the other hand Hume does introduce enough twists to maintain the reader’s interest and the book is uite entertaining One interesting feature is that both the detectives involved in the case are police detectives rather than amateur sleuths and both police officers are shown to be intelligent and efficient and very professional The Mystery of a Hansom Cab was immensely influential at the time and was a worldwide bestseller Conan Doyle is known to have read it It’s essential reading if you have a taste for Victorian and Edwardian detective stories

  9. Bettie Bettie says:

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  10. Elisabeth Elisabeth says:

    Just saying if the author's foreword includes spoilers to the solution of the mystery it really oughta be an afterwordAside from that about 25 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 of a Hansom Cab rather lighter Probably the most fun aspect was the setting of Victorian era Australia as I've read almost nothing else set there and the descriptions of the time and place were all fresh to me

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