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This is an auction for MR BRIGGS' HAT: A SENSATIONAL ACCOUNT OF BRITAIN'S FIRST RAILWAY MURDER, by Kate Colquhoun. review:

"FIVE STARS!!! On 9th July 1864, a murder took place that captured the interest and the imagination of the British public. The victim was Thomas Briggs, a banker, whose body was discovered on railway tracks of the North London Railway line. His watch and hat were missing, the first-class carriage he had occupied on his journey had been spattered with blood, and a hat belonging to someone else left at the scene of the crime. The murder took place in an enclosed carriage that had no entrance or connecting passageway, but rather only direct entry from a station platform. The notoriety of the murder was heightened by the Victorian public's new-found appetite for crime stories related in sensational literature. The fascination of the case reached even greater proportions when it was learned that the chief suspect, a German tailor, had left the country on a slow boat across the Atlantic. A police detective was dispatched on a faster ship to arrive in the still expanding New York before the suspect, to apprehend him and extradite him to Britain. The Victorian public avidly followed the exciting case which followed, which is related in fascinating detail by Kate Colquhoun. Mr Briggs' Hat is never dull or academic, but highly readable and no less thrilling than any fictional work, covering every angle of what remains an intriguing and involving real-life murder-mystery."

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Large format (trade) paperback 2011.

339 pages + 16 pages of illustrations.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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