The Dublin Railway Murder

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A thrilling and perplexing investigation of a true Victorian crime at Dublin railway station.

Dublin, November 1856: George Little, the chief cashier of the Broadstone railway terminus, is found dead, lying in a pool of blood beneath his desk.

He has been savagely beaten, his head almost severed; there is no sign of a murder weapon, and the office door is locked, apparently from the inside. Thousands of pounds in gold and silver are left untouched at the scene of the crime.

Augustus Guy, Ireland’s most experienced detective, teams up with Dublin’s leading lawyer to investigate the murder. But the mystery defies all explanation, and two celebrated sleuths sent by Scotland Yard soon return to London, baffled.

Five suspects are arrested then released, with every step of the salacious case followed by the press, clamouring for answers. But then a local woman comes forward, claiming to know the murderer…

© Thomas Morris 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • This meticulous non-fiction account of a once-famous murder mystery has all the shocks and surprises of the best crime fiction

    The Times
  • The plot of this real-life murder mystery had as many twists and turns as an Agatha Christie whodunit

    Daily Mail
  • In The Dublin Railway Murder, Thomas Morris unpacks this baffling case with the taut, just-the-facts spareness of the best police procedurals…[He] deftly peppers the narrative with historical context…An intriguing and compelling true crime whodunit as well.

    Irish Times
  • As compelling a read as any fiction thriller

  • Written like a whodunit and wearing its vast research into Victorian Dublin ever so lightly, Thomas Morris’s wholly factual murder mystery is easily one of the most entertaining page-turners I’ve read this year. It’s a compelling, evocative, thrilling must-read, and proof, if further proof is ever required, that fact is often so much stranger – not to mention more entertaining – than fiction

    Sunday Independent

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