Mr Briggs' Hat

  • by Kate Colquhoun
  • Narrated by John Telfer
  • 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Riveting and Educational

This excellently read, painstakingly researched audiobook tells the story of a factual Victorian railway murder and the subsequent pursuit of justice. It is however, much more than a whodunnit and it explores arguments about the management of evidence, the astute questioning of witnesses and moreover it debates the morality of capital punishment. The closing few chapters are tense, gripping and almost unbearable. the final chapter is perhaps a wee bit too long...phrenology indeed!
The book started slowly for me whilst the author necessarily established facts, but quickly gathered pace to an extent that I listened to the whole thing in just two sittings.
Comparisons with The Suspicions of Mr Whicher are as inevitable as they are invidious. I enjoyed both books although truthfully speaking, this one just edged it for me.
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- Robert

Absolutely Enthralling.

One of the most riveting books I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. I found myself looking for excuses to don my headphones to get another few chapters in!

The narration was first class. Story well delivered and I didn't want it to end.
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- White Socks!

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-08-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios