Mr Briggs' Hat: The True Story of a Victorian Railway Murder

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Little, Brown Book Group, May 5, 2011 - True Crime - 384 pages
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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.

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I truly enjoy these out of the ordinary slightly unusual historical tales. This first murder in a railcar had many very extraordinary circumstances and the author has done excellent research and laid ... Read full review

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I have been fascinated by the idea of a murder occurring on a train ever since Murder on the Orient Express. Being a true crime buff, because truth is often stranger than fiction, and also a fan of ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Kate Colquhoun writes regularly for the Telegraph, Sunday Times, Asda Magazine and Financial Times. One of her previous non-fiction titles was up for several awards.

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