Mr Briggs' Hat: A Sensational Account of Britain's First Railway Murder (Paperback)Kate Colquhoun (author)
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THE THRILLING TRUE STORY OF BRITAIN'S FIRST EVER RAILWAY MURDER
'A fascinatingly quirky portrait of the underside of Victorian London . . . unputdownable' Daily Telegraph
'A cunning and suspenseful tale' Independent
'Meticulously researched . . . the final revelation is a showstopper' New York Times
On 9 July 1864, businessman Thomas Briggs walked into carriage 69 on the 9.45 Hackney-bound train.
A few minutes later, two bank clerks entered the carriage - but as they sat down, one of them noticed blood pooled in the seat cushions and smeared on the walls.
But there was no sign of Thomas Briggs.
The only things left in the carriage were his walking stick, his bag - and a hat that, strangely, did not belong to Mr Briggs . . .
'A thrilling book, which reads at times like a good Victorian novel... an utterly compelling did-he-do-it' Sunday Times
'A riveting portrait of Victorian London' Financial Times
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 288 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm
Deploying her skill as a historian, Colquhoun turns a single curious murder case into a fascinatingly quirky portrait of the underside of mid-Victorian London. I found it unputdownable * Daily Telegraph *
Kate Colquhoun is a fine, robust writer who makes the most of its every twist and turn * Mail on Sunday *
With a storyteller's instinct for colour and suspense Kate Colquhoun has brilliantly recreated the five-month period from Thomas Briggs' death to Muller's execution * Daily Express *
Kate Colquhoun's irreproachable unpicking of the case is meticulous, patient, thorough and measured * Independent *
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“Hats off to Ms Colquhoun”
This is a real page turner thanks to the author's detailed research into not just the crime but the era in which it happened. For the first two thirds of the book, the excellently paced story is riveting, mainly... More
“Really good read”
A well-written and engaging account of a true Victorian murder mystery. Colquhoun's prose is clear and concise,
weaving in details of the murder with facts about the Victorian era, which serve to secure the... More
This is a very enjoyable and easy to read book. Colquhoun's descriptions set the Victorian scene beautifully, and create an atmosphere of mystery that keeps the reader intrigued throughout. The many fascinating... More
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