Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

The Mystery of a Hansom CabThe Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
1886


I've wanted to read this for a long time. A thrilling Victorian crime mystery with all sorts of sensationalism. There are murder and mayhem, mistresses and illegitimate children, poison and blackmail. It's a well-written and easy to read novel from this era. The suspense during the trial and at the unravelling of the mystery are delicious. There is a death scene of a drunken hag which is outrageously overdramatic. In fact, there are a few melodramatic scenes which made me giggle with delight. Written in Australia, this was a huge bestseller there, and I can just envisage how the lurid plot stoked the imaginations of the public at that time.


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