Fergus Hume

MADAME MIDAS - Fergus Hume

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Book Title: 
Madame Midas
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Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
9781876485139
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Historical
Location: 
Ballarat
Melbourne
Publisher: 
Text Publishing
Year of Publication: 
1888
1999

Currently Reading - Madame Midas, Fergus Hume

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Another re-read, and a book I've been dipping into for most of this month.

From the Blurb:

When the irresistably attractive French convict Gaston Vandeloup escapes to the goldfields of Ballarat, he sets out to meet the remarkable Madame Midas.  Charming, intelligent and forthright, she finds her fortune in Ballarat's fabulous mines and returns to marvellous Melbourne where she lives in magnificent style.  But, in that city of con men and opportunists, her wealth makes her prey to deceit and crime, destined to end in murder ...

Madame Midas

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

When the suave French convict Gaston Vandeloup escapes to the goldfields of Ballarat, he is destined to meet the remarkable Madame Midas who has made her fortune in Ballarat's fabulous mines.

But her wealth makes her prey to deceit and crime, destined to end in murder! 

Madame Midas is the thrilling companion-piece to Fergus Hume's phenomenally successful The Mystery of a Hansom Cab.

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
1876485132
Publisher: 
Text Publishing
Year of Publication: 
2006
1888

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Fergus Hume's sensational novel The Mystery of a Hansom Cab is Australia's original blockbuster and international best-selling crime novel.

First published in 1886, it was an overnight sensation, selling hundreds of thousands of copies around the world and being translated into eleven languages. Over a century later, Hansom Cab has lost none of its page-turning power.

Set in the charming and deadly streets of Melbourne, this vivid and brilliantly plotted murder thriller tells the story of a crime committed by an unknown assassin.

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
1877008001
Publisher: 
Text Publishing
Year of Publication: 
2006
1886

Fergus Hume

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Fergus Hume

About the Author

Fergus Hume (1859-1932) Ferguson Wright Hume was born in England. At the age of three his father emigrated with his family to New Zealand. He attended high school in Dunedin and studied law at the University of Otago. Shortly after graduation he left for Melbourne where he obtained a post as a barrister's clerk. After failed attempts to become a playwright, he decided to write a novel instead. Not knowing what to write:

Wednesday Waffles - Fergus Hume

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The earliest Australian Crime Fiction book I've ever found reference to is Ellen Davitt's Force and Fraud which was originally published in 1865, but for sheer numbers and prolific writing Fergus Hume is somebody that needs mentioning.

Starting with The Mystery of the Hansom Cab published in 1886, Fergus Hume went on to have about 137 books published up until 1932.

THE MYSTERY OF A HANSOM CAB - Fergus Hume

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Book Title: 
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
1920885374
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Classics
Location: 
Melbourne
Publisher: 
Text Publishing
Year of Publication: 
2006