Fergus Hume's first literary attempt became the best-selling mystery novel of the 19th century, exceeding even Sherlock Holmes. Hume was a law clerk in Australia, and thus the story takes place in the streets of Melbourne.
"An outstanding story and a superior tale of suspense." (Editorial Review Service)
This mystery story is interesting and enjoyable for the most part, but it is sometimes slow. It also lacks the intensity and depth of characters that one sees in works by other mystery writers like Conan-Doyle or Christie. All things considered, not bad, but not spectacular.
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