That's what the gypsy woman called it.

"Red money because it is tainted with blood!" declared Mother Cockleshell, between her bouts of fortune telling amidst the Romany caravans parked in Abbott Wood on Lord Garvington's manor.

Oh and the blood flows freely on the manor, thanks to Miss Greeby! And the flames and the pain!

Miss Greeby, you see, loved Noel Lambert. But Lambert loved the more feminine Agnes. But Miss Greeby knew all about red money, ah, yes -- and she also discovered the gypsy secret of Sir Hubert Pine, and the sportsman's desire of Lord Garvington to shoot a burglar in the act!

And so Miss Greeby plotted!

English murder mysteries seldom get more fun or more ghastly than those of the author of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab. 


Fergus Hume

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. 

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