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on 14 June 2017
A verse from the book Proverbs (29:6) that sums up this book nicely... I enjoy these books, having read several either from Amazon or other sources, they are well researched and you can picture what is taking place in your minds eye. The story line has parallel crimes going on throwing some red herrings along the way, but Colbeck sees the picture (literally) and is able to turn the table on his thinking to solve the crime. Some great characters, all very believable, with of course the on-going romance of the inspector and the railwaymans daughter... all part of what makes these books.
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on 19 March 2018
Good quality hard book, written by Edward Marston always a pleasure to read. The characters, and crimes committed are always worth following as described in their own time period. There is always a certain naivety in the Inspector Colbeck stories which is very endearing and adds to that time in history when people's living conditions were very different from today.
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on 11 May 2012
I'd like to have given this book more stars, but it is one of the less strong offerings in the series. I have the rest in prospect now, but am getting a bit Colbeck weary, so will go onto something different for a while - probably a Jim Stringer, as I think that too much Colbeck at once is showing up a fundamental weakness that these stories are somewhat formulaic. I am not sure about the "twists" in the final few chapters, and I feel that some of the key characters could have been introduced sooner - it would not have spoiled the narrative one iota to do so, and I for one would have enjoyed the read more as a result.
All in all, not the best to date, but not bad enough to put me off reading the rest of the series.
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on 7 December 2016
It flowed and kept me interested to the end.Not a story you could guess the main culprit,but all was revealed.This series Railway Detective have been enjoyable not very taxing,I have three on the go on two different Fire tablets 7-8 the latter having the Blue light tab for night reading to relax eyes and mind which works for me,the other is in book form.All in all these Fire tablets are a great enjoyment addition to armchair reading.
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on 19 February 2018
Good old fashioned murder, set in the days of steam. Second time I have read this book, but, as with all the Railway Detective Series, a good read.
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on 25 March 2018
I struggled with this one. The train crash concept was fine, but where the story went felt unoriginal and too similar to others in the series. The ending was more interesting than the rest of the book, but still felt unsatisfying.
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on 6 April 2014
Edward Marston is a very good writer who enables you to believe you are living in the 1850's He knows the way the Police worked in that era and the methods used to solve crime. There is always a twist in the story which keeps you guessing till the last page. I have enjoyed reading all his books and look forward to his next.
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on 1 June 2017
Good paced read. Really enjoyed this, very evocative of the golden age of steam. Will read more of these esp at 99p.. a bargain! Great book to lose yourself in.
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on 11 June 2017
this is like the rest of his books fast moving a very good read as if you are on the train trying to solve it and it does not turn out like you think
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on 21 February 2018
quick efficient delivery of accurately described item - thanks.
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