The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

Fergus HUME (1859 - 1932)

“The following report appeared in the Argus newspaper of Saturday, the 28th July, 18-- “Truth is said to be stranger than fiction, and certainly the extraordinary murder which took place in Melbourne on Thursday night, or rather Friday morning, goes a long way towards verifying this saying. A crime has been committed by an unknown assassin, within a short distance of the principal streets of this great city, and is surrounded by an inpenetrable mystery. … “On the twenty-seventh day of July, at the hour of twenty minutes to two o'clock in the morning, a hansom cab drove up to the police station in Grey Street, St. Kilda, and the driver made the startling statement that his cab contained the body of a man who he had reason to believe had been murdered….” (Excerpt from the first chapter.)

Genre(s): Detective Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Sibella Denton
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Play 01 What the Argus Said Sibella Denton
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Play 02 Evidence at the Inquest Sibella Denton
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Play 03 One Hundred Pounds Reward Sibella Denton
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Play 04 Mr. Gorby Makes a Start Sibella Denton
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Play 05 Mrs. Hableton Unbosoms Herself Sibella Denton
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Play 06 Mr. Gorby Makes Further Discoveries Sibella Denton
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Play 07 The Wool King Sibella Denton
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Play 08 Brian Takes a Walk and a Drive Sibella Denton
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Play 09 Mr. Gorby is Satisfied at Last Sibella Denton
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Play 10 In the Queen's Name Sibella Denton
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Play 11 Counsel for the Prisoner Sibella Denton
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Play 12 She was a True Woman Sibella Denton
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Play 13 Madge Makes a Discovery Sibella Denton
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Play 14 Another Richmond in the Field Sibella Denton
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Play 15 A Woman of the People Sibella Denton
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Play 16 Missing Sibella Denton
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Play 17 The Trial Sibella Denton
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Play 18 Sal Rawlins Tells All She Knows Sibella Denton
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Play 19 The Verdict of the Jury Sibella Denton
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Play 20 The Argus Gives its Opinion Sibella Denton
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Play 21 Three Months Afterward Sibella Denton
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Play 22 A Daughter of Eve Sibella Denton
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Play 23 Across the Walnuts and the Wine Sibella Denton
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Play 24 Brian Receives a Letter Sibella Denton
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Play 25 What Dr. Chinston Said Sibella Denton
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Play 26 Kilsip Has a Theory of His Own Sibella Denton
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Play 27 Mother Guttersnipe Joins the Majority Sibella Denton
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Play 28 Mark Frettleby Has a Visitor Sibella Denton
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Play 29 Mr. Calton's Curiosity is Satisfied Sibella Denton
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Play 30 Nemesis Sibella Denton
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Play 31 Hush-Money Sibella Denton
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Play 32 De Mortuis nil nisi Bonum Sibella Denton
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Play 33 The Confession Sibella Denton
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Play 34 The Hands of Justice Sibella Denton
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Play 35 The Love that Lives Sibella Denton
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