The Millionaire Mystery

Fergus Hume

First a murder and then a disappearing corpse

Shortly after the death of millionaire Richard Marlow, the village of Heathton is rocked by the discover that the body has been stolen. Further proof that something is seriously wrong comes when Marlow's friend Dr Warrander is discovered with a fatal stab wound to the heart. When Marlow's daughter vows not to marry until her father's body is discovered, her fiancée join forces with the local rector to discover the guilty party. But are some secrets better left covered up?

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 244
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357311571
  • Price : INR 399

Fergus Hume

Ferguson Wright Hume known as Fergus Hume, was a prolific English novelist, known for his detective fiction, thrillers and mysteries. 

Hume first came to attention after a play he had written, entitled The Bigamist was stolen by a rogue called Calthorpe, and presented by him as his own work under the title The Mormon. Finding that the novels of Émile Gaboriau were then very popular in Melbourne, Hume obtained and read a set of them and determined to write a novel of the same kind. The result was The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, set in Melbourne, with descriptions of poor urban life based on his knowledge of Little Bourke Street. It was self-published in 1886 and became a great success. 

Except for short trips to France, Switzerland and Italy, in 1888 Hume settled and stayed in Essex, England where he would remain for the rest of his life. Although he was born and lived the latter part of this life in England, he thought of himself as 'a colonial' and identified as a New Zealander, having spent all of his formative years from preschool through to adulthood there. Hume died of cardiac failure at his home on 11 July 1932.

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