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MURDER IN THE FIRST-CLASS CARRIAGE

THE FIRST VICTORIAN RAILWAY KILLING
Kate Colquhoun - Author
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Book: Hardcover | 235 x 159mm | 352 pages | ISBN 9781590206751 | 22 Nov 2011 | Overlook | 18 - AND UP
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MURDER IN THE FIRST-CLASS CARRIAGE
The amazing account of a Victorian-era railway murder, and the ensuing manhunt reaching from England to New York City

In July 1864, Thomas Briggs was traveling home after visiting his niece and her husband for dinner. He boarded a first-class carriage on the 9:45 pm Hackney service of the North London railway. At Hackney, two bank clerks discovered blood in the seat cushions as well as 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 fled on a boat to America was eagerly followed by the public on both sides of the Atlantic. Kate Colquhoun tells a gripping tale of a crime that shocked the era.



Praise for A Murder in the First-Class Carriage:

"The author's suspenseful writing style and clear prose make the tale easy to read . . . Colquhoun expertly places the murder within the larger context of British, Continental European and American history . . . Colquhoun successfully balances suspense with historical accuracy." -- Kirkus

"Colquhoun's narrative will appeal to British, rail, and legal historians. She does an excellent job of describing the case and the times. Highly recommended." -- Library Journal

"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

"[A] thrilling book, which reads at times like a good Victorian novel . . . an utterly compelling did-he-do-it." --The Sunday Times

"An enthralling account of a real life mystery . . . Her well-told tale would stand up in court--unlike much of the evidence in the case." -- The Independent

"Kate Colquhoun is a fine, robust writer who makes the most of its every twist and turn." --The Mail on Sunday

"The re-telling of this true story pits justice against baying-for-blood hysteria in a sensationally episodic tale that is every bit as compelling as it must have been when it happened." --Easy Living

"A thrilling book, which reads at times like a good Victorian novel...an utterly compelling did-he-do-it."--Sunday Times

"Enthralling. . . . A fascinatingly quirky portrait of the underside of mid-Victorian London. I found it unputdownable."-- Miranda Seymour, The Telegraph

"The weight of evidence is in the balance to the very end. . . . Mesmerizing."--The Guardian




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