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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby; Reprint edition (1 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749083522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749083526
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Set in 1850s England, Marston's excellent new historical series features a Scotland Yard detective with attitude. . . . Marston fuses realistic time, place and events with believable protagonists. Strongly recommended." -- Library Journal

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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Format: Hardcover
If Edward Marston stays true to his writing history, his legions of fans can welcome a new series! In "The Railway Detective," Marston introduces us to Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck of the new Scotland Yard. A charming, some
say "dandy," gentleman of the Victorian school, Colbeck seems an unlikely person for his job--solving cases and catching the crooks in 1850s England.
It is the dawn of the age of the locomotive and it does not come peaceably. There are enough "foes" of this "new fangled contraption" and many will go to all ends to try to put a stop to it and the new Age that is surely dawning on the British Empire.
Early on we know who the culprits are, as Marston doesn't play games with the reader. Instead, he permits Colbeck and his Sergeant Leeming to methodically put the pieces of the puzzle together and, despite the usual suspects and the usual
obstacles, arrive at a satisfactory conclusion.
A train is highjacked in Chapter One and subsequently and deliberately de-railed. It is carrying gold bullion from the Royal Mint and the day's mail. The robbery is carried out with true military precision (a clue Colbeck quickly picks up).
It is such a perfect and professional job that Scotland Yard knows that there have to be "insiders" involved. A few murders later (Colbeck cleverly links them to the robbery), the case is put to rest.
Marston doesn't do histrionics and not a lot of melodrama. Instead, he tells a story that not only serves to keep out interest in solving the crime but provides much readable background of the time and place. There's the usual violence in a police procedural murder mystery and Marston also throws in a limited romantic turn, too!
Marston's historical series (The Nicholas Bracewell Elizabethan mysteries, the Redmayne series, and the Domesday Books series) stand on their own merit. The author jumps a few centuries and seems to fit right in. That said, readers will hope for more in this interesting era.
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It's London in 1851, the railways are slowly establishing themselves as the best means of travel and preparations are underway for the Great Exhibition. A robbery on the railway near Leyton Buzzard and the theft of both money and mail threaten the reputation of the safety of the trains.

Enter Inspector Colbeck, a bit of a dandy, and one of the best detectives with the Metropolitan Police. Will he be able to find those responsible??

This is a great novel, really easy to read, and includes everything you want in a detective novel of this kind; robbery, treachery, murder, life in the slums of London, a little love interest and an uptight Chief Inspector.

Cracks along at a great pace and avoids being too 'nerdy' about trains. Recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
If Edward Marston stays true to his writing history, his legions of fans can welcome a new series! In "The Railway Detective," Marston introduces us to Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck of the new Scotland Yard. A charming, some
say "dandy," gentleman of the Victorian school, Colbeck seems an unlikely person for his job--solving cases and catching the crooks in 1850s England.
It is the dawn of the age of the locomotive and it does not come peaceably. There are enough "foes" of this "new fangled contraption" and many will go to all ends to try to put a stop to it and the new Age that is surely dawning on the British Empire.
Early on we know who the culprits are, as Marston doesn't play games with the reader. Instead, he permits Colbeck and his Sergeant Leeming to methodically put the pieces of the puzzle together and, despite the usual suspects and the usual
obstacles, arrive at a satisfactory conclusion.
A train is highjacked in Chapter One and subsequently and deliberately de-railed. It is carrying gold bullion from the Royal Mint and the day's mail. The robbery is carried out with true military precision (a clue Colbeck quickly picks up).
It is such a perfect and professional job that Scotland Yard knows that there have to be "insiders" involved. A few murders later (Colbeck cleverly links them to the robbery), the case is put to rest.
Marston doesn't do histrionics and not a lot of melodrama. Instead, he tells a story that not only serves to keep out interest in solving the crime but provides much readable background of the time and place. There's the usual violence in a police procedural murder mystery and Marston also throws in a limited romantic turn, too!
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I really enjoyed the slower pace of this novel in comparison to other crime novels. The story was good and so are the characters. Unlike some novels where the author has a detailed interest in a topic, The Railway Detective doesn't bore you or go into too much detail. A great book!
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Really enjoyed reading this book. New to the author and found that he gave off enough of the atmosphere of the period without becoming a 'copycat Dickens'. The central characters were likeable and Colbeck was interesting enough without becoming a Holmes clone... Would be more than willing to give more books in this series room on my kindle.
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This is OK for a holiday read but, despite several volumes having been written, Inspector Colbeck will not, in my opinion, go down as one of the great detectives. The characters are a bit two-dimensional and there are clear comparisons with Holmes. The plot was OK, involving a madman wanting to blow up trains, which were in their infancy in the period this is set, but his reason for wanting to destroy them I found a bit thin and far fetched.
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