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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (24 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074901427X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749014278
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'It has the reader hooked from the very first page. We sympathise with the characters and need to know what happens, while the descriptions of the railway system add authenticity to this well-written and enjoyable book.'Yorkshire Gazette & Herald

About the Author

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, and is a former chairman of the Crime Writers' Association.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By james eves on 23 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
It is good to report that the latest Edward Marston Railway Detective is back on track as Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming set of on not so much a whodunit,more of a how it was done.We start with the disappearance of young Imogen Burnhope and her maid Rhoda after they board the non-stop train to Oxford to visit Imogen`s aunt Cassandra,but when the train arrives in oxford there is no sign of them and so a race against time starts for Colbeck and Leeming across the country and for Leeming his worst fear across the sea.As the plot unfolds not only do they have to cope with a first class villain who always seems to be two steps ahead of them,but they also have a Lord of the Land and a member of Parliament who want to hinder their progess.So once again Edward Marston has produced a whodunit in the classic tradition,with plenty of likely suspects,red herrings,trains and guesswork that made my Easter break a joy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jun. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I was more than a little surprised to find that this is the eleventh book in the Inspector Colbeck series, the first The Railway Detective being written in 2004. Time soon passes, particularly when you are enjoying a good book, and I would certainly put Edward Marston's novels into that category, even though I would class the books in the Inspector Colbeck series as light and entertaining reading, rather than thought provoking. They are full of Victorian old world charm, and similar in style to Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series, Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody Murder Mystery) featuring Egyptian archaeology in the late Victorian, early Edwardian period. The Colbeck series is obviously deliberately written in this way, because the author's other series of books, including the Domesday The Serpents of Harbledown (Domesday) and Christopher Redmayne series, The Painted Lady (Christopher Redmayne mystery), while taking into account their different subject matter, they are written in a totally different style and tempo.

This latest book in the series re-introduces the reader to Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming, who are called upon to find a missing young lady, Imogen Burnhope and her maid. Both boarded a non-stop train to Oxford but never arrive at their destination, even though the train is searched from end to end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Juliesmark on 25 May 2014
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Excellent detective novel with just a few unexpected twists and great characters too. Looking forward to the inspectors next case, please. mr marston ASAP.
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Format: Hardcover
This latest adventure in the railway detective series won't disappoint if you are a marston fan.The story is of two women who get on a train at one end and seemingly fail to get off at the other.Marston's latest books always have the same pattern of villians who send ransom demands in their own handwriting and take train journeys that Inspector Colbeck can follow using his trusty Timetable.There is also the usual PC dig at the British Empire and the book wouldn't be complete without a scrap at the point of arrest,no calling for reinforcements for this duo.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Chisholm TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 May 2014
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Lets be honest here, Marston's Railway Detective isn't going to stretch the literary fabric very much. The women are simpering and one dimensional, and the men either fall into the role of baddies or goodies. They are painted with a brush made of concrete.

That being said, if you want a book that reminds you of a Sunday afternoon matinee performance that isn't going to leave you shaken or traumatised then this is the book to do it. Or rather books. Ticket to Oblivion is the latest in the Railway Detective series and does not deviate from the patern set before. I guess that's part of the charm. You know what you are getting and you get it.

In this one we have two young ladies held by a couple of ner'do'wells that are extorting money from a rich aristocrat. The story romps along with the usual tenuous tie in with a railway. It's not the best of the series nor the worst and I enjoyed it as a nice change from books that are more gritty.

I do sort of suspect that the series is running out of 'steam' though. Marston is clearly finding it harder to link railways and crime in a different way to previous efforts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian C. on 1 Feb. 2015
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A disappointing story that seemed to be written to numbers. More suited to a "Boys Own" comic rather than a tale for adults.
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By Oscar Freak on 14 Nov. 2014
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The railway inspector and his faithful sergeant are set a poser of two ladies seen boarding a train and not getting off at its next stop. What has happened to them? So another enthralling story develops with all the aplomb that one associates with the Railway Detective. Enthralling to the end with many twists before the finale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Alan Hughes on 15 July 2014
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A good story in the continuing series lets hope Edward Marston writes more.
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