That's what the gypsy woman called it.
"Red money because it is tainted with blood!" declared Mother Cockleshell, between her bouts of fortune telling amidst the Romany caravans parked in Abbott Wood on Lord Garvington's manor.
Oh and the blood flows freely on the manor, thanks to Miss Greeby! And the flames and the pain!
Miss Greeby, you see, loved Noel Lambert. But Lambert loved the more feminine Agnes. But Miss Greeby knew all about red money, ah, yes -- and she also discovered the gypsy secret of Sir Hubert Pine, and the sportsman's desire of Lord Garvington to shoot a burglar in the act!
And so Miss Greeby plotted!
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About the Author
Fergusson Wright Hume (1859 - 1932), known as Fergus Hume, was a prolific English novelist. Finding that the novels of Émile Gaboriau were then very popular in Melbourne, Hume obtained and read a set of them and determined to write a novel of the same kind. The result was The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, set in Melbourne, with descriptions of poor urban life based on his knowledge of Little Bourke Street. It was self-published in 1886 and became a great success. Because he sold the British and American rights for 50 pounds, however, he reaped little of the potential financial benefit. It became the best-selling mystery novel of the Victorian era; in 1990 John Sutherland called it the "most sensationally popular crime and detective novel of the century". This novel inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to write A Study in Scarlet, which introduced the fictional consulting detective Sherlock Holmes. Doyle remarked, "Hansom Cab was a slight tale, mostly sold by 'puffing'." After the success of his first novel and the publication of another, Professor Brankel's Secret (c.?1886), Hume returned to England in 1888. His third novel was titled Madame Midas and it was based on the life of the mine and newspaper owner Alice Ann Cornwell. This book became a play and her estranged husband, John Whiteman, sued over its content. Hume resided in London for a few years and then moved to the Essex countryside where he lived in Thundersley for 30 years. Eventually he produced more than 100 novels and short stories.