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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (167 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fergus Hume Narrator: Walter Covell Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN:
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One lonely night, a cabbie discovers that his intoxicated passenger has been suffocated with a handkerchief saturated in chloroform. The murderer, the victim, and the motive are all unknown.

Fergus Hume's first literary attempt became the best-selling mystery novel of the 19th century, exceeding even Sherlock Holmes. Hume was a law clerk in Australia, and thus the story takes place in the streets of Melbourne.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coy | 2/15/2014

    " Nothing awe-inspiring or insanely suspenseful, but it was interesting. It is Sherlock Holmesish but it is easy to see why Doyle's stories went on to become what they did and this ended up just an OK story. There is really no one outstanding character, but rather a group of decent/ok ones. The dinner party banter was obviously from another time, similar to Dickens novels. I think it's sort of hard for modern readers to get too excited about. It was worth the price though-- free on Kindle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LDuchess | 2/14/2014

    " Very good! Surprised to find one written in 1886 so compelling--like 3 mysteries in one. It's said to be the precursor of Sherlock Holmes and those that followed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 2/13/2014

    " Classic Victorian murder mystery, but set in Melbourne, Australia. I was interested to read in the preface that the author, being a mere colonial, couldn't get published in Britain initially. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/3/2014

    " An excellent story set in The British Colonial community in Australia. It gave a good insight into the life and times of this period. Good characterisations and plot. Considering it was his first full length novel and self published, it is very good. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/24/2014

    " The ur-detective story, largely responsible for the shoals of Conan Doyles, Agatha Christies et al that were to follow. Set in nineteenth century Australia, those parts of the novel worked best for me that depicted, in great comic style, the Melbourne underclass, hatching schemes and living gothic lives in dark, dank, labyrinthine communities. The structure of the mystery and its unravelling now seem dated and overly drawn out, but at the time must have been a literary thunderbolt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey Marks | 1/20/2014

    " Interesting story for the time and the setting. Small group of suspects and an ending that kept you guessing to the end, but not as much detection as there could have been. The ending was somewhat telegraphed by the character's actions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Koen | 1/20/2014

    " I don't normally read crime and mystery books but this one had me turning the pages all night. I loved that it was set in Melbourne and showed a very different side to a city I know well. An absolutely gripping who dunnit! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rb | 1/20/2014

    " Surprisingly good... Broadens understanding of the literary horizon of the age that preceded Golden Age of Detective Fiction and was overshadowed by Conan-Doyle. Well recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 1/18/2014

    " The plot line only deserves two stars, but the third star is for how entertaining the Victorian melodrama was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 1/8/2014

    " Well, that was fun. The most popular mystery novel the year before Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print. Very Melbourne in plot, very Victorian in character, and quite a fun read. I'm looking forward to more Fergus Hume in the near future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/25/2013

    " The suspense moves along in this book with lots of twists and turns and secret pasts involved. It was easy to read and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Challenor | 12/20/2013

    " I enjoyed this story, it's interesting reading a story written so long ago. A lite read with enough mystery to keep the reader turning the page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scaramouche Jones | 12/7/2013

    " The book that inspired Conan-Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes - murder & adventure in 19th Centure Melbourne! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duncan Box | 12/6/2013

    " Great read, especially if you live in or are familiar with Melbourne "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 11/16/2013

    " Nice to read a good Victorian period Australian mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 5/9/2013

    " Dated. Too long and too much fainting and falling on knees to suit me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ailish | 4/3/2013

    " Great detective story, marred by an outrageous injustice at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 arg/machine | 12/16/2012

    " Before Sherlock Holmes achieved immortality in the pages of the Strand magazine, this was the biggest-selling detective mystery of its time [1886]. Now in the public domain, a free electronic copy can be found here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 9/30/2012

    " An early publication in the crime genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronald Kohlin | 6/9/2011

    " I really enjoy the Victorian mystery genre, and after reading a few of Mr. Hume's novels I have to say that he's become a new favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Avril | 4/24/2011

    " This is a fabulous book, not merely a good mystery but a wonderful portrayal of Marvellous Melbourne of the late nineteenth century. All Melburnians should read it to get a glimpse of our city's history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/21/2011

    " 19th century Melbourne just rises from the pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Babete | 3/18/2011

    " ( O Mistério do Fiacre ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 12/30/2010

    " Nice to read a good Victorian period Australian mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 5/23/2010

    " Great mystery and really worth the read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scaramouche | 1/3/2008

    " The book that inspired Conan-Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes - murder & adventure in 19th Centure Melbourne! "

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