The Mystery of a Hansom Cab - Fergus Hume

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

By Fergus Hume

  • Release Date: 1886-12-31
  • Genre: Police Procedural
Score: 4
From 234 Ratings

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An Apple Books Classic edition.

We’ve all heard of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. But what about the novel that inspired Doyle-and outsold him? Fergus Hume’s <i>The Mystery of a Hansom Cab</i> made him the bestselling crime writer of the 19th century.

The story opens in the dead of night in Victorian-era Melbourne. A man pulls up to a police station and tells them he’s shuttling the body of a murder victim inside his hansom cab. And although he’s laid eyes on the man he believes to be the murderer, the driver can offer no concrete leads.

Hume’s novel is as famous for its plot as it is for its depiction of Melbourne’s class divides at the time. With its portraits of grimy, impoverished neighbourhoods alongside scenes of high-society opulence, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab is an absorbing historical mystery.


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    By Caitt Briar
    Well written but has typos
  • Great Read!

    By Skyman401
    Frustrated, because I had the culprit, though not the motive, figured out from the beginning, but the great thing about this book is that it keeps you continually guessing until the very end. Can’t say much more about it other than that I highly recommend it to any mystery lover. 📔
  • Good book.

    By Terry Weber-Rodriguez
    Very entertaining. I enjoyed the peek into the early days of Australia. I wish, in many ways, we enjoyed reading and conversation as was carried on before modern entertainment.
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

    By Readtheclassics
    The novel was fun to read. And yes, don’t let the digital version distract you with its many errors.
  • Good Read

    By C'bus
    I enjoyed this book with its dated language and the descriptions of late 19th century Australia. Please don’t let the many editing errors distract your enjoyment.
  • Good book

    By NerfScape
    It’s pretty good
  • Keeps You Guessing

    By Louise Adele
    An intriguing mystery set in Victorian Australia offers plenty of twists and interesting characters while immersing the reader in a detailed account of the culture and its customs.