Mr Briggs' Hat: A Sensational Account of Britain's First Railway Murder (Paperback)Kate Colquhoun (author)
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In July 1864, Thomas Briggs was travelling home after visiting his niece and her husband for dinner. He entered a First Class carriage on the 9.45pm Hackney service of the North London railway. At Hackney, two bank clerks entered the carriage and discovered blood in the seat cushions; also on the floor, windows and sides of the carriage. A bloodstained hat was found on the seat along with a broken link from a watch chain.
The race to identify the killer and catch him as he flees on a boat to America was eagerly followed by citizens both sides of the Atlantic. Kate Colquhoun tells a gripping tale of a crime that shocked the nation.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 250 g
Dimensions: 134 x 200 x 24 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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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
“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
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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