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1. A Coin of Edward VII
$14.45
2. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
 
3. The mandarin 's fan. by Fergus
 
4. The Island of Fantasy; a romance.
 
5. The solitary farm. by Fergus Hume
 
6. The dwarf 's chamber.
 
7. A son of perdition.
 
8. The harlequin opal : a romance
 
9. The mystery of a hansom cab.
 
10. The mother of emeralds.
 
11. The vanishing of Tera.
 
12. The pagan 's cup.
 
13. The year of miracle; a tale of
 
14. Aladdin in London.
 
15. The curse.
 
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1. A Coin of Edward VII
by Fergus, 1859-1932 Hume
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-05-13)
list price: US$3.95
Asin: B003M6A310
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"Two old ladies sat in the corner of the drawing-room. The younger-a colonial cousin of the elder-was listening eagerly to gossip which dealt with English society in general, and Rickwell society in particular. They presumably assisted in the entertainment of the children already gathered tumultuously round the Christmas tree, provided by Mr. Morley; but Mrs. Parry's budget of scandal was too interesting to permit the relaxing of Mrs. McKail's attention.

"Ah yes," said Mrs. Parry, a hatchet-faced dame with a venomous tongue and a retentive memory, "Morley's fond of children, although he has none of his own."

"But those three pretty little girls?" said Mrs. McKail, who was fat, fair, and considerably over forty.

"Triplets," replied the other, sinking her voice. "The only case of triplets I have met with, but not his children. No, Mrs. Morley was a widow with triplets and money. Morley married her for the last, and had to take the first as part of the bargain. I don't deny but what he does his duty by the three."

Mrs. McKail's keen grey eyes wander to the fat, rosy little man who laughingly struggled amidst a bevy of children, the triplets included. "He seems fond of them," said she, nodding.

"Seems!" emphasised Mrs. Parry shrewdly. "Ha! I don't trust the man. If he were all he seems, would his wife's face wear that expression? No, don't tell me."

Mrs. Morley was a tall, lean, serious woman, dressed in sober grey. She certainly looked careworn, and appeared to participate in the festivities more as a duty than for the sake of amusement. "He is said to be a good husband," observed Mrs. McKail doubtfully. "Are you sure?"

"I'm sure of nothing where men are concerned. I wouldn't trust one of them. Morley is attentive enough to his wife, and he adores the triplets-so he says; but I go by his eye. Orgy is written in that eye. It can pick out a pretty woman, my dear. Oh, his wife doesn't look sick with anxiety for nothing!"

"At any rate, he doesn't seem attentive to that pretty girl over there-the one in black with the young man."

"Girl! She's twenty-five if she's an hour. I believe she paints and puts belladonna in her eyes. I wouldn't have her for my governess. No, she's too artful, though I can't agree with you about her prettiness."

"Is she the governess?"

Mrs. Parry nodded, and the ribbons on her cap curled like Medusa's snakes. "For six months Mrs. Morley has put up with her. She teaches the Tricolor goodness knows what."

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2. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
by Fergus Hume (1859-1932)
Paperback: 256 Pages (2007-01-11)
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Asin: 1604248521
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Fergus Hume was an early 20th English writer. Hume spent his childhood in New Zealand and then moved to Australia. In 1888 he moved to England and produced over 100 novels and numerous short stories. His mystery stories are considered to be the precursors of the modern detective story. In the 1800's Hume's detective stories out sold Sherlock Holmes novels. This adventure takes place on the streets of Melbourne when a driver of a Hansom cab pulls up to a police station and announces he has the body of what appears to be the victim of a murder. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Victorian Mystery
There is a very good reason why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories about Sherlock Holmes have been available in multiple editions since their creation, while the stories of Mr. Hume have been largely forgotten.This is even aside from the popularity of the character Sherlock Holmes.

Mr. Hume's narrative harks back to the sprawling novels of Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens. The story has a stunning opening-- a species of a locked room mystery.A cab driver stops to take on a fare, two men-- one of whom is the worse for the drink.One of his fares leaves him.When the cabbie reaches the second one's location, he discovers that the second man has been murdered.Who else could murdered him than the first man-- and why?However, after that things begin to drag.

There's a large cast of characters, some of whom make an appearance, play their assigned roles, then are seen no more.His characterization is cardboard-- the young upper class man out from England (who makes his fortune by honest, hard labor but who is so self sacrificing that he would go to the gallows rather than betray a trust) is a cliche of romantic literature of the period.That's not to say that there are not some good moments.When one of the two detectives in this case picks up a yellow backed* edition of a book by Zola in the murdered man's room that tells us all we needed to know about the depraved nature of the deceased.

Clues are dropped like lead anvils.There's courtroom drama, a frantic search for the missing witness who can save a man from the gallows, deathbed confessions and gallant heroics.

I do not regret the time I spent reading it but I doubt if I would reread it.



*Yellow backed novels were cheap mass produced editions of book sold to railway passengers to pass the time on the journey.They tended to have lurid covers and a reputation for being racy.French author Emil Zola had much the same reputation as a yellow back novel so the combination is irresistible.

3-0 out of 5 stars 1893 Best Seller - May Appeal to Mystery History Buffs
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1893) by Fergus Hume was one of the most popular mysteries in the nineteenth century, apparently even surpassing the sales of Sherlock Holmes books.While unlikely to attract a wide audience today, this forgotten Australian melodrama should appeal to readers interested in the early development of the mystery story. I gave The Mystery of a Hansom Cab three stars.

Late one night on a lonely street in Melbourne, the driver of a Hansom cab (a horse-drawn, two-wheeled, covered carriage) discovers that his inebriated passenger is dead, having been poisoned with a chloroform-soaked handkerchief. All evidence points to Brian Fitzgerald, "a tall, handsome, fair-haired young man hailing from Ireland". To protect the reputation of a young woman, Fitzgerald refuses to disclose details of his whereabouts at the time of the murder.

In his short introduction Fergus Hume reveals that he carefully patterned his story after the then popular detective stories by Gaboriau. Furthermore, Hume repeatedly visited some of Melbourne's worst slums to find realistic characters for his story, like his memorable Mother Guttersnipe. Hume had hoped to receive some local attention for his first novel; he had no expectation of creating an international best seller.

Dover Publications should be commended for reprinting hard-to find, early mystery and detective stories like The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1893). Dover published this reprint in 1982. ... Read more


3. The mandarin 's fan. by Fergus Hume .
by Hume. Fergus. 1859-1932.
 Paperback: Pages (1904-01-01)

Asin: B002WU3G2U
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4. The Island of Fantasy; a romance. by Fergus Hume .
by Hume. Fergus. 1859-1932.
 Paperback: Pages (1892-01-01)

Asin: B002WU74S2
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5. The solitary farm. by Fergus Hume .
by Hume. Fergus. 1859-1932.
 Paperback: Pages (1909-01-01)

Asin: B002WU752C
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6. The dwarf 's chamber.
by Hume. Fergus. 1859-1932.
 Paperback: Pages (1896-01-01)

Asin: B002WU16WM
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7. A son of perdition.
by Hume. Fergus. 1859-1932.
 Paperback: Pages (1916-01-01)

Asin: B002WU36W0
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8. The harlequin opal : a romance
by Fergus, 1859-1932 Hume
 Paperback: Pages (2009-10-26)

Asin: B003O5QQX8
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9. The mystery of a hansom cab.
by Hume. Fergus. 1859-1932.
 Paperback: Pages (1889-01-01)

Asin: B002WTZKSE
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10. The mother of emeralds.
by Hume. Fergus. 1859-1932.
 Paperback: Pages (1901-01-01)

Asin: B002WU74XC
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11. The vanishing of Tera.
by Hume. Fergus. 1859-1932.
 Paperback: Pages (1900-01-01)

Asin: B002WU757W
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12. The pagan 's cup.
by Hume. Fergus. 1859-1932.
 Paperback: Pages (1900-01-01)

Asin: B002WU7ECS
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13. The year of miracle; a tale of the year one thousand nine hundre
by Hume. Fergus. 1859-1932.
 Paperback: Pages (1891-01-01)

Asin: B002WU5A9W
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14. Aladdin in London.
by Hume. Fergus. 1859-1932.
 Paperback: Pages (1892-01-01)

Asin: B002WU367A
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15. The curse.
by Hume. Fergus. 1859-1932.
 Paperback: Pages (1913-01-01)

Asin: B002WU8ZYY
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