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Fergus Hume (1859–1932)

Author of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

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Works by Fergus Hume

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886) 432 copies
Madame Midas (1985) 46 copies
The Secret Passage (1901) 28 copies
The Green Mummy (2002) 24 copies
Hagar of the Pawn-Shop (1985) 21 copies
The Silent House (2006) 19 copies
The Bishop's Secret (2007) 18 copies
A Coin of Edward VII (2010) 14 copies
The Opal Serpent (2011) 10 copies
Jonah's Luck (1993) 9 copies
Red Money (2010) 7 copies
The Lady From Nowhere (1900) 7 copies
L'occhio di giada (2012) 6 copies
The Red-Headed Man (1993) 6 copies
The Mandarin's Fan (1904) 6 copies
The Third Volume (2014) 5 copies
The Pagan's Cup (1902) 5 copies
The Solitary Farm (2011) 4 copies
The Ghost's Touch (1906) 4 copies
The Crowned Skull (2005) 4 copies
The Red Window (2015) 4 copies
The girl from Malta (2015) 4 copies
A Traitor in London (2017) 3 copies
The Sealed Message (2016) 3 copies
The rainbow feather (2017) 3 copies
The Mystery Queen (2005) 3 copies
The Vanishing of Tera (2017) 2 copies
The Lone Inn (2010) 2 copies
La morte bussa a Natale (2021) 2 copies
The Island of Fantasy (2009) 2 copies
The Silver Bullet (2017) 2 copies
For the Defense (2017) 2 copies
The Turnpike House (2018) 2 copies
The Jew's House (1911) 1 copy
The Disappearing Eye (2020) 1 copy
A Woman's Burden (2011) 1 copy
The Fever of Life (1901) 1 copy
The Sacred Herb (1901) 1 copy
The Mikado Jewel (1910) 1 copy
Tracked by a Tattoo (2017) 1 copy
The 4 pm Express (2014) 1 copy
Bishop Pendle (2016) 1 copy
The Black Patch (2017) 1 copy
The White Room (2017) 1 copy
The Red Bicycle (2017) 1 copy
The Spider (2017) 1 copy
In Queer Street (2017) 1 copy
The Scarlet Bat (2018) 1 copy
The Peacock of Jewels (1910) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (2013) — Contributor — 298 copies
Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries (2016) — Contributor — 203 copies
The Further Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1973) — Contributor — 189 copies
Phantastic Book of Ghost Stories (1990) — Contributor — 111 copies
Crime for Christmas (1991) — Contributor — 86 copies
The Big Book of Female Detectives (2018) — Contributor — 83 copies
The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries (2021) — Contributor — 40 copies
Australian Ghost Stories (2010) — Contributor — 35 copies
Urban Crime Short Stories (2019) — Contributor — 20 copies
Dracula's Brethren (2017) — Contributor — 17 copies

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A collection of not particularly good classic mysteries from Fergus Hume.
 
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M_Clark | 1 other review | Feb 7, 2024 |
3.5 stars for the LibriVox audiobook narrated by Sibella Denton.

A fun mystery - parts were a little predictable but that didn't interfere with my enjoyment. Hume managed to keep me wondering about who the culprit was right to the end.
 
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leslie.98 | 21 other reviews | Jun 27, 2023 |
The murder of an unidentified man in a hansom cab has all of Melbourne speculating about the murderer and his motive. The witness statements and the evidence point in one direction, but do these observations and clues tell the whole story? Is there more left to learn?

The plot hints of Dickens and Collins, but without either of those author’s polish. I get a sense that the author might not have worked from an outline. The plot makes some sudden shifts, and some of the characters unaccountably change temperaments in the course of the action. Despite these flaws, the story works, and it suits its setting.… (more)
 
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cbl_tn | 21 other reviews | Mar 20, 2023 |
An enjoyable read, easy and amusing even though solidly set in the Victorian era. As a mystery, it fails a bit for genre fans, as it’s blindingly obvious who the perpetrator is. Nevertheless, there are some twisty things at the end that give one a pause.
Read it for the characters and for that authentic late 1800’s ambiance.
 
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Matke | 21 other reviews | Mar 6, 2023 |

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