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....
The Dublin Railway Murder is a thrilling and meticulously researched investigation into a real-life Victorian mystery.
This true-crime tale is perfect for readers who enjoyed The Five by Hallie Rubenhold, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale and Mr Brigg’s Hat by Kate Colquhoun.
This high quality true-crime tale is brought to you by the author of the critically acclaimed The Matter of the Heart (Bodley Head, 2018).
Thomas Morris' background in radio production at BBC Radio 4 gives him an acute understanding of what makes a compelling story. The Dublin Railway Murder is a fascinating, in-depth investigation that reads like a mystery novel.
Morris spent months researching in the Irish National Archives in order to write this book. He unearthed a treasure trove of secret government documents and court transcripts that had lain undisturbed for years; these have enabled him to reveal a wealth of new detail and suspects in this extraordinary case.