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Madame Midas

Introduction by Clare Wright

Charming, intelligent and forthright, the remarkable Madame Midas makes her fortune on the goldfields of Ballarat—and becomes the target of the villainous ex-convict Gaston Vandeloup, a charismatic Frenchman who soon makes himself indispensable to her mining operations. A companion piece to The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, Fergus Hume’s second novel is both a tightly plotted murder mystery and an insight into the heady days of the Golden City and Marvellous Melbourne.

Fergus Hume
About the Author

Fergus Hume was born in England in 1859. His family soon immigrated to New Zealand, where Hume qualified as a lawyer. He was admitted to the bar in 1885 and moved to Melbourne in the same year.

Desperate to become a playwright but having no success, Hume decided to write a murder novel instead. When he couldn’t find a publisher for The Mystery of...

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30 January 2017
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Praise for Fergus Hume
andMadame Midas

‘Villains, fallen women and the enigmatic Madame Midas herself—who could resist Hume’s brilliant characters?’

‘Hume’s book offers a glimpse of another age of thriller writing, enriched by a study of a jarring, vibrant, deadly Melbourne.’

‘A rare treasure…Madame Midas herself is one of the most memorable Victorian heroines.’

A very accessible, entertaining and enlightening story…Historically significant and highly readable, Hume provides us with fascinating glimpses of the early days of white settlement.’

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