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The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume
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Jul 13, 2010

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Great mystery. Well contrived mystery that had me guessing the whole time. set in Australia in the time of horsedrawn cabs and limited police investigation into crimes.

This murder mystery is set in Melbourne, Australia at some point in the late 19th century. It was the first novel by lawyer Fegus Hume. After the success of this story he went on to write dozens of other books.

The story starts when the driver of a hansom cab goes to the police station to report a murder. His last passenger of the night, Oliver White, had been murdered right in the cab. From the statement of the cabbie, it appears an open and shut case and very quickly a young man is arrested and sent to trial. That is the last simple thing that happens in this story. Mr. Hume then leads us along a number of twisting trails, until at last in the final pages the true murderer is revealed.


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