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The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume
By: (1859-1932)

“The following report appeared in the Argus newspaper of Saturday, the 28th July, 18–

“Truth is said to be stranger than fiction, and certainly the extraordinary murder which took place in Melbourne on Thursday night, or rather Friday morning, goes a long way towards verifying this saying. A crime has been committed by an unknown assassin, within a short distance of the principal streets of this great city, and is surrounded by an impenetrable mystery. …

“On the twenty-seventh day of July, at the hour of twenty minutes to two o’clock in the morning, a hansom cab drove up to the police station in Grey Street, St. Kilda, and the driver made the startling statement that his cab contained the body of a man who he had reason to believe had been murdered…” (Excerpt from the first chapter.)

NOTE: The preface of this work mentions the culprit of the “whodunit” – which may spoil the project for some listeners. Be advised to skip the preface or listen to it at the end if you’d like to be surprised by the outcome of the story.

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The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

by

Fergus Hume

CONTENTS

I. WHAT THE ARGUS SAID. II. THE EVIDENCE AT THE INQUEST. III. ONE HUNDRED POUNDS REWARD. IV. MR. GORBY MAKES A START. V. MRS. HAMILTON UNBOSOMS HERSELF. VI. MR. GORBY MAKES FURTHER DISCOVERIES. VII. THE WOOL KING. VIII. BRIAN TAKES A WALK AND A DRIVE. IX. MR. GORBY IS SATISFIED AT LAST. X. IN THE QUEEN'S NAME. XI. COUNSEL FOR THE PRISONER. XII. SHE WAS A TRUE WOMAN. XIII. MADGE MAKES A DISCOVERY. XIV. ANOTHER RICHMOND IN THE FIELD. XV. A WOMAN OF THE PEOPLE. XVI. MISSING. XVII. THE TRIAL. XVIII. SAL RAWLINS TELLS ALL SHE KNOWS. XIX. THE VERDICT OF THE JURY. XX. THE "ARGUS" GIVES ITS OPINION. XXI. THREE MONTHS AFTERWARDS. XXII. A DAUGHTER OF EVE. XXIII. ACROSS THE WALNUTS AND THE WINE. XXIV. BRIAN RECEIVES A LETTER. XXV. WHAT DR. CHINSTON SAID. XXVI. KILSIP HAS A THEORY OF HIS OWN. XXVII. MOTHER GUTTERSNIPE JOINS THE MAJORITY... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - July 8, 2016
Subject: mystery of a handsome cab
This is a decent read. The reader was amazing. It was hard to keep up with all the different random characters. Many of random character details should have been left out the book since they served no purpose.
Reviewer: - March 24, 2015
Subject: mystery of a handsome cab
Beautifully read, good story with an excellent plot
Reviewer: - December 8, 2014
Subject: mystery of the hansom cab
Quite a few twists and turns in this enjoyable tale. I can't remember another where the ladies " fainted to the ground " with such frequency. Very well read without the flambouyance of some but with the right amount of dramatisation.


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