The Railway Detective

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Allison & Busby, Limited, Jan 1, 2005 - Fiction - 318 pages
22 Reviews
In 1851 England, the London to Birmingham mail train is robbed and derailed, injuring the driver and others aboard. However, further investigation proves the seemingly simple robbery to have been impossible. Inspector Robert Colbeck knows this is a case that won t be easily solved. He is faced with the question of how the robbers got into a safe with two keys that were secure at opposite sides of the country. To get to the bottom of the mystery, he enlists the aid of volatile former policeman Brendan Mulryne behind his Superintendent s back to search out the criminals in the notorious Devil s Acre, a cluster of gambling dens in the shadow of Westminster Abbey. However, it may turn out that Mulryne can create more trouble than he can cure. Things get even more complicated as the beautiful daughter of the injured train driver, Madeleine Andrews, comes to Colbeck to provide information, unwittingly drawing the attentions of the crooks. When prime suspects begin to disappear and he learns that there was more than just money on the train, Colbeck realizes that he is dealing with the most driven and powerful criminal he has faced in his career. As the very citizens he is trying to protect begin to be affected by this mastermind, Colbeck must join Mulryne in a race against time before all the evidence is efficiently blown away. The Railway Detective is an action-packed dip into murky 1850s London. Full of twists and with memorable characters, this is a mystery that will surprise you at every turn.

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Crichton gave us a researched world and explained it. - Goodreads
And the plot a bit silly. - Goodreads
The plot is simplistic in the extreme. - Goodreads

Review: The Railway Detective (The Railway Detective #1)

User Review  - James Sundquist - Goodreads

Almost gave it an extra star for having trains in it, but to be honest, there wasn't enough of them either. I found the writing style dry, dull, and declamatory, and it was a chore to read. I have ... Read full review

Review: The Railway Detective (The Railway Detective #1)

User Review  - Tomgirl deni - Goodreads

Brilliant, I loved this far more than the 'Last train to Scarborough' book. I loved the characters in this and the plot was gripping, I also loved the historical details about the railway. Definitely be reading another in the series as want to know more about how the characters develop. Read full review

About the author (2005)

EDWARD MARSTON was born and brought up in South Wales. A full-time writer for over thirty years, he has worked in radio, film, television and the theatre. Prolific and highly successful, he is equally at home writing children s books or literary criticism, plays or biographies and the settings for his crime novels range from the world of professional golf to the compilation of the Domesday Survey. He is also a former Chairman of the Crime Writers Association.

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