The mystery of a Hansom cab is an 1886 crime novel by New Zealander writer Fergus Hume, often considered to be one of the most famous crime classics of the Victorian era. Set in 1880s Melbourne, the novel tells the story of a man murdered mysteriously whilst alone in the back of a Hansom cab. Inspired by the works, famous at the time throughout the English-speaking world of Gaboriau and Boisgobey, Fergus Hume created a great novel from the original Le crime de l'Omnibus. A must-read classic!