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Peril on the Royal Train (The Railway Detective series Book 10)

Peril on the Royal Train (The Railway Detective series Book 10) [Kindle Edition]

Edward Marston
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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'Marston's attention to detail is second to none. His research is meticulous and this enables the narrative to come alive.' Bolton News

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Spring, 1858. The route of the Caledonian Railway through the southern uplands of the Scottish countryside is disrupted by a fatal crash. Inspector Robert Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Leeming are called from the crime of London to investigate, and must contend with old enemy Superintendent Rory McTurk to uncover the criminals behind the disaster.

The motive for the crash is unclear, with suspects including the North British Railway, a group of sabbatarians and those with personal vendettas to enact. Colbeck and Leeming face further obstacles when the Railway announces a reward of £400 for information – soon they are pitched against criminals, the public and their own colleagues in their attempts to solve the case.

Meanwhile, with the investigation stalling, the newly married Madeleine Colbeck and her father race to reach Inspector Colbeck with important information. Will they be in time to save the royal family before their train journey to Balmoral?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 619 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (29 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BOE1DJ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,712 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.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shades of Agatha Christie? 24 Jun 2013
By Robin
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I enjoy this series a great deal, but I feel the author is in danger of the Agatha Christie ploy of giving no clue as to the protagonist in a story until the end and the rest of the book turns out to have being a complete red herring and the denouement turns out to be something of a disappointment. I wonder if the next book needs something of a reboot, or a swift kick up the backside, to head back to the mystery and thrill of the early works in this series. Otherwise I think Mr Marston is in danger of alienating some of his readers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 19 Nov 2013
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Yet another super book in the Railway detective series. Edward Marston is an amazing writer, his research is excellent, his stories keep you interested until the last page. Keep up the good work - cannt wait for the next book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book for the winter months 16 Dec 2013
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an easily read story but which becomes more involved the further you read - encourages you to keep reading to the final twist. A book I have already read twice because of the enjoyment it gives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic as always! 1 April 2014
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If you have read the rest of this series you will love this one, it is very worthwhile starting at the begging of the series as the characters interact and develop as the story unfolds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Right on track - as ever. 4 May 2014
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Mr.Marston is as rewarding as ever, "Peril on the Royal Train" is as engaging, intriguing and enjoyable as ever and I eagerly await every paperback version as it is printed. Why paperback? I live in a modest bungalow with about 2,000 books and space is limited - a large proportion of the space is occupied by Mr. Marston's books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Railway Detective Goes Off the Rails 13 Oct 2014
By DavyG
Marston's "Railway Detective" series recounts the exploits of debonair detective Robert Colbeck, who specialises in solving crimes committed on the burgeoning railway network of mid 19th century Britain.
I read my way through the first half dozen novels happily enough. They're entertaining if lightweight and undemanding; the kind of fare to relax, rather than tax your brain. Unfortunately, as the series progressed the rot set in, as Marston's strictly formulaic approach led to repetition and stagnation.
By the time of "Peril on the Royal Train" I'd had enough. It was like trying to read a novel written by the author's "Railway Detective" computer programme, and I gave up little more than half way through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get some new characters 19 Jun 2014
By Darren
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Marston has a format, like a good golf swing, if you repeat it well you'll get good results. For the first time in this novel the rather long winded and superfluous passages of context have been toned down, eg - explanations of who Madeline is and where they met, how her old man used to work the railways, colbecks streit with his boss, lemmings ugly face etc etc. however, Edward, kill Madeline's old man off, he's an embarrassing character, and introduce some new regulars if you're going to carry on with the series.

This all sounds rather harsh, but should not detract from the fact that the entire series is very readable, does what it says on the tin, kind of stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best. 13 July 2013
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I have read all the Edward Marston Railway Detective books and am always eager for the next edition. this one I ended up disappointed and the book did not live up to my expectations. It was very predictable and the characters were somehow not particularly believable. aybe it is I who have become too used to the main characters and need a fresh challenge! Marston's previous was much better.
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