Mr Briggs’ Hat by Kate Colquhoun
On the night of 9 July 1864, a man was thrown from a train in North London. He had been beaten and robbed, and died soon afterwards: the first person to be murdered on the British railways. Mr Briggs’ Hat follows the investigation into the death of Thomas Briggs, and Kate Colquhoun combines meticulous research with sharp storytelling as she guides us through the mores of Victorian London. From Madame Tussaud’s Chamber of Horrors and headlines screaming foul murder to a steam-powered dash across the Atlantic in pursuit of Briggs’ killer, Mr Briggs’ Hat is not only a pacy murder-mystery, but also a meditation on the nature of truth and justice.