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: "I enquired of a leading Melbourne bookseller what style of book he sold most of He replied that the detective stories of Gaboriau had a large sale; and as, at this time, I had never even heard of this author, I bought all his works - eleven or thereabouts - and read them carefully. The style of these stories attracted me, and I determined to write a book of the same class; containing a mystery, a murder, and a description of low life in Melbourne." The result was The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, which became a great success after he self-published. After the success of his first novel, Hume returned to England. He resided in London for few years and then he moved to the Essex countryside where he lived in Thundersley for thirty years.
• TRILOGY - Three of British-Australian author Fergus Hume's mysteries are in this Kindle book: The Crowned Skull & The Silent House & The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
The Crowned Skull
A classic murder mystery involving the occult. Sir Hannibal Trevick, a widower, and his ex-business colleague were involved in dark dealings involving Africa’s diamond trade and their nefarious deeds may have come back to haunt them.
The Silent House
London barrister Lucian Denzil had a rather dull life, sharing an office with a friend who was equally poor but that was all about to change when he became embroiled in a strange mystery.
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886)
A body is discovered in a hansom cab in this thriller set in Australia. When it was first published the book outsold Sir Arthur Conan Dolye's Sherlock Holmes book "A Study in Scarlet".