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…
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This meticulous non-fiction account of a once-famous murder mystery has all the shocks and surprises of the best crime fictionThe Times
The plot of this real-life murder mystery had as many twists and turns as an Agatha Christie whodunitDaily 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 thrilleri
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 fictionSunday Independent