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Murder in the First-Class Carriage: The First Victorian Railway Killing
Kate Colquhoun
The Overlook Press
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Murder in the First-Class Carriage

The First Victorian Railway Killing

By Kate Colquhoun.

Cloth with dust jacket, 288 pages, 6x9. 2011.

also of interest: The Necropolis Railway

In July 1864, Thomas Briggs was traveling home after visiting his niece and her husband for dinner.

He boarded a first-class carriage on the 9:45 pm Hackney service of the North London railway.

At Hackney, two bank clerks discovered blood in the seat cushions as well as 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 fled on a boat to America was eagerly followed by the public on both sides of the Atlantic. Kate Colquhoun tells a gripping tale of a crime that shocked the era.

"Ms. Colquhoun’s meticulously researched true-crime account, first published in England, is a tick-tock of the arrest and trial of a German tailor following a chase across the Atlantic…its final revelation is a showstopper."--New York Times

"Colquhoun's narrative will appeal to British, rail, and legal historians. She does an excellent job of describing the case and the times. Highly recommended." -- Library Journal

"More than a well-spun tale of searching for justice amid hype, Murder in the First-Class Carriage reveals the underside of Victorian life, where interest in the macabre flourished alongside the propriety modern readers may expect. Fans of true crime and the general reader alike will appreciate Colquhuon’s talent for enlivening facts with everyday moments. The story is especially noteworthy for its balance between the case itself and the atmospheric, gas-lit city in which it occurred." --Foreword Reviews

"Kate Colquhoun is the author of The Busiest Man in England, The Thrifty Cookbook, and Taste. As well as writing for several newspapers and magazines, she appears regularly on national radio and television. She lives in London with her husband and two sons."