The Mysterious Bookshop

Sussex, Lucy, Blockbuster! Fergus Hume & the Mystery of a Hansom Cab

The extraordinary story behind the best selling crime novel of the nineteenth century and of its enigmatic, unlucky author Fergus Hume.
Before Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes there was Hume's The Mystery of the Hansom Cab - the biggest and fastest-selling detective novel of the 1800s, and Australia's first literary blockbuster.


We are devoted to all things mysterious, from hard-boiled hardcovers to pulpy paperbacks, suspected signings and whispers around town.

Located at 58 Warren St in New York City, we are open Monday-Saturday from 11am-7pm. 212.587.1011

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