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The Excursion Train (The Railway Detective series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Edward Marston
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Book Description

A perplexing new case for the Railway Detective

On the shocking discovery of a passenger’s body on the Great Western Railway excursion train, Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant, Sergeant Victor Leeming, are dispatched to the scene. Faced with what initially appears to be a motiveless murder, Colbeck is intrigued by the murder weapon – a noose. When it emerges that the victim had worked as a public executioner, Colbeck realises that this must be intrinsically linked to the killer’s choice of weapon. However, the further he delves into the case, the more mysterious it becomes. And when a second man is strangled by a noose on a train, Colbeck knows he must act quickly; can he catch the murderer before more lives are lost?

Set in Victorian England and rich in historical detail, The Excursion Train will hold you captivated from the beginning to the end of its journey.


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    'Marston continues to produce historical crime writing of the first order, replete with authentic period detail, a vivid cast of characters, and a plot that makes for compulsive reading' Good Book Guide 'Told with great colour and panache... This is how history mysteries should be: fine storytelling, marvellous characters and a sneaky mystery, too' Sherlock Magazine

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    'Marston continues to produce historical crime writing of the first order, replete with authentic period detail, a vivid cast of characters, and a plot that makes for compulsive reading' Good Book Guide 'Told with great colour and panache... This is how history mysteries should be: fine storytelling, marvellous characters and a sneaky mystery, too' Sherlock Magazine

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 483 KB
    • Print Length: 288 pages
    • Publisher: Allison & Busby; New edition edition (23 Nov. 2009)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B006WB7MC0
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Edward Marson 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 and is a former chairman of the Crime Writers' Association. Prolific and highly successful, he is equally at home writing children's books or literary criticism, plays or biographies.
    www.edwardmarston.com


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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Martons is on time with this series! 22 July 2007
    By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE
    Format:Hardcover
    Edward Marston has four quite successful historical fiction mysteries. In his newest of these (the Inspector Robert Colbeck Series), Marston explores yet another era in British history, the Victorian Age, and more specificially, his protagonist Colbeck is a Scotland Yard detective who not only specializes but thrives on railway cases.

    In this the second of the series, "The Excursion Train," Colbeck and his assistant Sergeant Leeming are called in to investigate a bizarre murder on an excursion train
    (where the passengers were specifically headed for a prize fight, illegal, of course, as it's Victorian England). The victim is found garrotted on board the train. Soon, the detectives discover the identity of the body--a former hangman for the Queen's Court, a much loathed man, who, from some accounts, deserved the killing as he'd been the executioner of a man many considered to be innocent. And before we've completed the journey, another body is found murdered in the same fashion. And it turns out, the victim is also related, in a fashion, to the original execution.

    Thus, Marston is now on the right tracks, bound for glory. The first man's death, his occupation, the execution, and a nearby village all come into play as Colbeck and Leeming are all aboard for another exciting mystery ride, with all "issues" cleared up by the end. This series seems to show Marston at his writing best, as the books move at a fast pace, seem more historically researched, and capture the setting quite well.

    And it's not all "Hamlet, Act V" with all those bodies piling up. Colbeck's romantic interest, Madeline Andrews, from the first episode is also featured, to help in a change of pace.
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    30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Read and a good series of stories 13 Nov. 2006
    Format:Paperback
    Excursion train is a nicely paced whodunnit. The murder happens at the start of the book and the story of the investigation unfolds leaving you guessing and re-assessing your guess as you go along. The book is littered with beliveable characters doing believable things and does not lead you to be incredulous as to dismiss anything. The detctive does not have a super human ability, for example the Sherlock Holmes eye for the slightest detail, nor an accomplice such as Patrica Cornwall's Medical Examiner-come-investigator's niece who mysteriously has the ability to do what is needed from hacking into computers, shooting accurately to flying helicopters etc. as the plot demands it!

    In this series, Edward Marston gives the reader information and the opportuinty to solve the crime as they read on - unlike some stories where the important information does not come out until the detective or whoever, uncovers the murderer!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The excursion is just the beginning 5 Nov. 2009
    By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback
    This is the second book of Edward Marston to feature Inspector Colbeck. A rather fine gentleman who has turned his back on a career as a lawyer to upholding the law by working for the newly formed Metropolitan Police.

    Colbeck is called to investigate the murder of a man on an excursion train, popular in the Victorian Times. This train was put on, travelling to an illegal boxing match. However one man did not make it and he was found on the train with a noose round his neck. Who done it and why by that method? What was his history that led him to be executed in such a way? Colbeck alongside his assistant Sergeant Leeming start to unpick a previous case where the accused was found guilty and hanged to put together the clues to find the killer. The ever flappable Superintendent Tallis who wants answers and results straight away and does not hold with theories, even more annoyingly so when they actually become true and factual. Colbeck's love interest Madeline Andrews also makes a token appearance and I think this building up to more for future stories, so as not to forget her role in the first novel.

    The railway is not a dominate feature in this book, and I actually enjoyed it more. Yes the murder was committed on a railway, but it takes Colbeck and Leeming into Kent and a village where the inhabitants all have their own opinion of previous events and where the local policeman thinks his role is just as important as a policeman of Scotland Yard. The clues are all there as both detectives go off down different paths to find the truth.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excursion train 21 Nov. 2010
    By Tony336 VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I am gradually working my way through this series of books by Edward Marston, they are all very well written and are an absorbing read . This is no exception and I am enjoying reading others in the railway detective series .
    I dare not make any negative comments as another book by another author that I reviewed and said it was terrible drew some very nasty comments from one imbecile. That is defeating the object of a review , but I won't say anything if I can't say positive things . Silly really .
    I would have given this book 5 stars but I reserve that for books that keep me up all night . As I said this is a good read but I was able to put it aside at times . Highly recommended though and the team of Inpector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming ably asssisted (unofficially) by Colbeck's lady friend become like old friends .
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