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Madame Midas

Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Madame Midas is a murder mystery, In the early days of Australia, when the gold fever was at its height.

Fergus Hume was born in England, the second son of Dr James Hume. At the age of three his father emigrated with his family to Dunedin, New Zealand. He was admitted to the New Zealand bar in 1885. Shortly after graduation he left for Melbourne, Australia where he obtained a post as a barristers’ clerk. He began writing plays, but found it impossible to persuade the managers of the Melbourne theatres to accept or even read them. Hume was a capable writer of mystery stories, and may be looked upon as one of the precursors of the many writers of detective stories whose work was so popular in the twentieth century.

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A wild bleak looking coast, with huge water worn promontories jutting out into the sea, daring the tempestuous fury of the waves, which dashed furiously in sheets of seething foam against the iron rocks. Two of these headlands ran out for a considerable distance, and at the base of each, ragged cruel looking rocks stretched still further out into the ocean until they entirely disappeared beneath the heaving waste of waters, and only the sudden line of white foam every now and then streaking the dark green waves betrayed their treacherous presence to the idle eye. Between these two headlands there was about half a mile of yellow sandy beach on which the waves rolled with a dull roar, fringing the wet sands with many coloured wreaths of sea weed and delicate shells. At the back the cliffs rose in a kind of semi circle, black and precipitous, to the height of about a hundred feet, and flocks of white seagulls who had their nests therein were constantly circling round, or flying seaward with steadily expanded wings and discordant cries... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - April 13, 2016
Subject: Madame Midas
I thought the narrator was good in many ways. Her accent and pronunciation of some words caused a little confusion at times, but I found her narration very enjoyable overall. The plot is filled with many unexpected twists and turns and vivid characterizations abound!
Reviewer: - September 15, 2014
Subject: Madame Midas
Thank goodness for the previous review, saved me much unpleasantness. I wont listen to a single chapter read by Lucy Burgoyne let alone 13 hours worth!

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