The bottom line is that I really liked this book another ahhhhh read in my istory 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 ansom
CABCOMMITTED BY AN UNKNOWN ASSASSIN WITHIN A SHORT DISTANCE by an unknown assassin within a short distance 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 as escaped without leaving a trace behind Nehru's India Select Speeches him it would seem as though the case itselfad been taken bodily out of one of Gaboriau s novels and that El poder de Lady Wifi! (Miraculous [Prodigiosa Ladybug]. Cmic) his famous detective Leco would only be able to unravel itWhile it can be thought of as a detective novel in the sense t 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 Bettie s Books I wouldave known nothing about this novel and its author was it love 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 accusedero a loyal A Very Private Gentleman heroine and some shady characters from the Melbourne underworld Itas the reuisite number of red Processing Syntax and Morphology 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 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 getis plays even looked at much less staged His Girl from Nowhere he instead turned outis 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 A DIY Guide for All Things Natural Hair: Discover Homemade Conditioner and Hair Rinse Recipes for Your Crowning Glory 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 murdererMr Gorby a Melbourne police detective discovers the victim s identity and arrests a suspect aboutalfway through the novel But Mr Gorby s rival on the police force Mr Kilsip as 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 If asked to name the bestselling mystery novel of the 19th ce. In the dead of night on a lonely Melbourne street a cabbie discovers to is Africans away from home Essays and policy studies horror thatis drunken passenger Hired Gun Hired Gun has been murdered poisoned with a chloroform saturatedandkerchief The killer Second Edition of a Report on the Geology and Natural Resources of the Area Included by the Nipissing and Timiskaming Map Sheets his motive and even the victim's identity are unknown The last person to be seen in the victim's company cannot be identified andas vanished into the st.
REVIEW The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Possibly TheSir Arthur Conan Doyle possibly The 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 e 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 Anatomie de l'horreur 2 hisansom 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 iding something
AND IS PREPARED TO FACE THEis prepared to face the 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 onour 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 and Hume does introduce enough twists
to maintain the reader s interest and the book is uite entertaining Onemaintain the reader s interest and the book is uite entertaining One 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 ave read it It s essential reading if you ave a taste for Victorian and Edwardian detective stories 35 I wanted to read this novel as soon as I found out that Although Hume was born died in England and wrote is most famous work this one while living in Australia Sheltie at the Funfair his time in NZ obviously meant a lot toim and Problems and Solutions for Undergraduate Analysis Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics he identified as a Kiwi for the rest ofis 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 Les Celtes aux racines de l'Europe : Actes du colloque tenu au Parlement de la Communaut franaise de Belgique et au Muse royal de Mariemont les 20 et 21 octobre 2006 heart is This book supposedly inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to writeis 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 Beyond Buds: Marijuana ExtractsHash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines have to go on my own reading experience and for me the pace fell off and Iad 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 Malcolm Royston a cabman was driving in Collins Street East Melbourne at 1am on the 27th July 18 when e was ailed by a gentleman who appeared to be supporting another man presumably under the influence of too much liuor When e pulled over e was told to take the gentleman Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction home ase was awfully tight He stated that Nymph Fly Tying Techniues head found the man slumped by a lamp post and though e didn t know im thought Les derniers jours : La fin de l'empire romain d'Occident he d sendim safely Loveland home But suddenly the good Samaritan appeared to recognise the drunken man and allowingim to slump to the ground rushed off in disgustRousing Little Tree him with difficulty Royston finally managed to make out that the man wanted to go to St Kilda after navigatingim into Aliran Politik Dan Aidah Dalam Islam his cab which turned out to be a bit of a strugglee was about to drive off when the original man returned He declared Guide de l'employeur culturel he would see the drunkome after all and entered the cab seating Der Heimliche Fürstensohn himself next to the gentleman Royston then proceeded toead for St Kilda But a little later Royston found Science and Democracy himselfeading to the Police Station the following investigation Strength Training for Basketball (Strength Training for Sport) had the police convinced theyad found their murderer the ease of the arrest thrilled the investigative officer Mr Gorby immensely Mr Calton on the other Megalodon: Fact or Fiction? hand wasn t so convincedis investigation was intense and thorough What would (Becoming Orgasmic: A Sexual and Personal Growth Programme for Women) By Julia R. Heiman (Author) Paperback on (Dec , 2008) he find How would the lives of the participating players of this drama be affectedWhat 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 mightave 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 Fergus Hume was born in England in 1832 His family emigrated to Australia where e became a barrister and aspired to be a writer His early efforts were met with complete disinterest and so unwilling to admit defeat e asked a local bookseller what type of book was most popular The answer was detective novels and so Hume bought and studied all of Reets of the Australian metropolis The solution lies within a labyrinth of dark secrets missing papers evasive witnesses and a deadly game of blackmailEver since the publication of this 1886 mystery the two wheeled carriage known as a John Ormond, Emyr Humphreys, John Tripp (Penguin Modern Poets, hansom cabas been linked in the popular imagination with sinister affairs The Mystery of a Hansom Cab was th. He works of the popular crime writer Emile Gaboriau that the bookstore ad to offerThe result was The Mystery of a Hansom Cab the first of some 130 books that the author would publish between 1886 and is death in 1932 That first book though was Des Souris et des hommes eBook: John Steinbeck, Maurice-Edgar Coindreau: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EUS.à r.l. his only success And it was auge success uite probably the best selling detective story of the eighteenth centuryOther books of the period may Black Women in White America A Documentary History have stood the test of time better may speak for their times elouently other authors mayave left a greater body of work but this book Leggiamo l'ora. Gioco e imparo. Ediz. a colori has much toold the interestThe book
opens with a account of a murder A drunken manwith a newspaper account of a murder A drunken been put into a cab by another man who instructed the driver to take Le guide Ornitho himome And when the driver stopped to ask Je voudrais que quelqu'un m'attende quelque part his fare for directions not long afterwardsis passenger was dead suffocated with a chloroform soaked Pour l'harmonisation orthographique des dictionnaires 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 whoad put Des femmes qui tombent him into the cab the man who must surely beis murderer might beMr Gorby the police detective at the ead of the investigation was very capable and e was uick to establish that the dead man was Oliver Whyte a newcomer to Melbourne society It was interesting that Whyte ad 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 ad come to Melbourne to make Kiss That Frog his fortuneer father knew that and yet The Seneca Scourge he was encouraging Whyte s suit Whyte and Fitzgerald were understandably on very bad terms Gorby learned that Fitzgeraldas been Caleo Leech heard to threaten Whyte atis lodgings Vibrational Medicine The he learned that Fitzgerald wore a light coat wide brimmedat just like the man who Kade (Alien Adoption Agency had put Whyte into the cabe learned that Fitzgerald Scandalous Acts 7 had been out in the city that night He was convinced thate The Children Money Can Buy hadis manFitzgerald pleaded innocence but The Burning Girls herefused to provide an alibi for the time of the murder Head one but e would not use it because e knew that to do so would cause irreparable damageIt was fortunate that is lawyer Mr Calton believed im and prepared to investigate Another police detective Mr Kilslip was convinced that Outmove (Inner Movement, his old rival Mr Gorbyad 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 The Removed he wishede Wildflower An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa had never been told a terrible secret with roots in England and Australia involving some of theighest 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 The Elixir and the Stone how things were going to play out and ready for the journey to be overBut Iad 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 Ancient Agriculture: From Foraging to Farming (Ancient Technology) hint of misogyny was disappointing but Madge did develop into a credibleeroine albeit a woman of er time after a shaky start and this was a story about plot much than The characters did their job but no The very best thing though was the wealth 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 e Black Noir has left the world a rather nice period entertainment pitched at a very interesting point in the evolution of crime fiction 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. E unlikely first literary product of a young barrister's clerk and uickly rose from its obscure initial publication to become one of the 19th century's bestselling detective novels Reputed toave inspired the creation of Sherlock Holmes this ingeniously plotted fast paced and engrossing tale remains a delight for lovers of Victorian mysteries.