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The Stationmaster's Farewell: 9 (The Railway Detective series)

The Stationmaster's Farewell: 9 (The Railway Detective series) [Kindle Edition]

Edward Marston
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'Told with great colour and panache... A wonderful sense of inhabiting the period.' Sherlock Magazine

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Guy Fawkes Night, 1857. Joel Heygate is the popular stationmaster at Exeter St David’s railway station – an impressive figure of a man replete with frock coat and top hat, bushy eyebrows and walrus moustache. But when the charred remains of a body are discovered in the embers of the town’s annual Bonfire Night celebration, everyone is horrified when it becomes clear that they belong to Mr Heygate.

The South Devon Railway contacts Scotland Yard for their assistance, and Superintendant Edward Tallis sends the Railway Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant Victor Leeming to Exeter with all due haste. They quickly unearth three suspects, but are they missing something? It is only when Heygate’s diary turns up unexpectedly that the truth becomes clear and a fourth suspect emerges. As Colbeck closes in on the killer, he finds himself in mortal danger - can justice prevail? Or will his beloved Madeleine be robbed of a husband on the very eve of their marriage?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (30 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XF8GM4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,361 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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Running out of steam? 4 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read all the Railway Detective books and always await a new one with interest. The story line in this one clung to the railway by the skin of its teeth - it could have been a murder anywhere and could have been written with no connection with the railway whatsoever. All it needed was a different protagonist and a whole new series could have been born. What spoilt it for me though was the laboured rehash (as in every railway detective novel except the first) of how Victor can't bear to be parted from his wife and family, how the military-minded Superintendent Tallis can ruin every investigation, how Maddy pines for Robert when he goes away, how her father harps on about how 'his' railway is the only one... These are getting to be formulaic annoyances and they take up too much room in what would be an otherwise welcome addition to the canon. I have to say I spotted the culprit almost as soon as he was introduced and was disappointed in the ending - simply because the whole book built to an event that, as someone else said, was rushed. I think that Mr Marston can do better - and I look forward to the next one in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best in the series. 22 Jun 2012
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This new title from the Railway Detective series has certainly received mixed reviews. As a regular reader it is still one of the best Victorian detective series available today. Specifically to this book I was particularly disappointed in the solution to the case which to my mind came from "left-field" and I agree with other reviewers that the old cliche's of Leeming leaving his family, Tallis being a right royal pain and Maddy's wedding plans were all re-hashed, seemingly filling space (I've never skipped sections of this series before, as I did with this book!). The link to the railways was generally speaking tenuous and Mr. Marston really can DO better than this, "The Silver Locomotive" is still my favorite from the series.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Railways,not alot of air in it. 18 April 2012
Once again the Railway Detective steams into another case that had me guessing right to the very end in this well constructed page turner.When the remains of a charred body are discovered in the embers of the town`s annual Bonfire Night celebration turn out to be that of the popular stationmaster of Exter St David railway station, it is not long before the renown Railway Detective Robert Colbeck and his assistant Victor Leeming are on the spot.We have a wide number of suspects that often has us shunted into dead ends,but once again Edward Marston brings it all together with a twist that comes right out of the blue.This is the 9th outing for our Railway Detective and he goes from strength to strength and i for one can not wait for the next excursion for our dynamic detective.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The diary, the owl and the canary 9 Jan 2014
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Unlike some readers, I am not concerned that the main characters appearing in every book in the series behave the same way in each book, since it would not ring true if they did otherwise.

If I have a disappointment with this book, it is the whodunit element. I prefer crime novels that give a chance for me to play at being detective.

The murder comes very early as I expected, after which three men emerge as possible suspects, whether or not their partners are accomplices. There is also the possibility that two of the three might have been collaborating. Was it the victim's brother? The victim and his brother had fallen out over financial issues. Was it the deputy stationmaster, who was a rival applicant for the stationmaster vacancy when it was previously vacant? Was it a confirmed local criminal, who had spent plenty of time in jail previously for a whole string of crimes? None of the three had murdered anybody before.

Along the way, there are various distractions and side issues, including one woman who is so traumatized by the murder that she ends up in a lunatic asylum. Ultimately, a diary found quite late in the story provides the missing clues, but we are told very little about the contents. As such, we don't get a fair chance to play detective, so I feel the author has in some way cheated.

While the ending is disappointing, I nevertheless feel that the story was entertaining. I like at, but I might have loved it with a different ending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read them all 20 Sep 2013
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I have read all of the Railway Detective series. They are a nice easy read. If you like Sherlock Holmes you will like The Railway Detective.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Railway Detective triumphs again! 1 Aug 2012
By Malc
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The series of stories continues. The good thing about these tales is the relaxed attitude they exude. They are good clean wholesome fun and the central characters become acquaintances rather than just names on a page. I hope that Colbeck finally gets married and that Edward Marston continues to write these thoroughly enjoyable who done its.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting reading 13 Oct 2013
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This is my sixth instalment of the Railway Detective series. As always a gripping read. Again why hasn't this been picked up by the tv companies?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good solid who dun-it 9 Oct 2013
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Another in his series about the Railway detectives and how they solve early crimes relating to teh birth of teh Railways, good believable story, no frills just solid detecting with some wit and good stromg characters. Worth a read
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