A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Monday, July 27, 2015
7/27/188? Australian mystery fiction begins
July 27,188?. Fergus Hume's The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, published in 1886, is usually considered the first Australian mystery novel. It begins on a smoky night in Melbourne, July 27, when a dead body is discovered in a hansom cab. Hume self-published the book and sold 25,000 copies of the first edition. Over a million copies were sold in Britain and the United States combined. Not a bad start.