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Summary

Yorkshire 1855. When Colonel Aubrey Tarleton walks into the path of a speeding train, he is crushed to death on the track. The famous Railway Detective, Inspector Robert Colbeck, is immediately put on the case to determine why such a well-respected man would have resorted to suicide. Tarleton's wife had recently gone missing, but was the colonel responsible for her disappearance? It's up to Colbeck and his trusty sergeant Victor Leeming to uncover the truth.

©2010 Edward Marston (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Another brilliant Railway Detective novel.

You can always rely on an interesting and fascinating story in this series, coupled with brilliant naration.

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Good listen

loved it excellent story line well read a really good who dun it, enjoyed it.

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A nice surprise

I bought this in a sale and I really enjoyed it. It is a well read and well written mystery with a credible plat and characters sufficiently well drawn to interest and engage the reader. It was well read and a very pleasant listen with a plausible conclusion. This style is a more gentle than the books I usually buy but I will look out for more in this series.

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A good Victorian murder yarn

Well developed characters, reflecting the morals and culture of Victorian times. There's a nod to the railways, but they're not really a theme in the book. Entertaining, a good listen and I'll listen to more

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What a surprise!

Good narration, - intriguing story line with an unexpected twist. Enjoyable and thought posing, in the 1800s too... Shocking!

Very enjoyable!!

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A gentle historical murder mystery.

I did enjoy the book which has twists in the tale. I would read another by the same author and characters although not definitely 'must read another' .

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A bit long-winded

Lacked any exciting scenes or interesting characters. I found it boring, I struggled through to the end, but I didn't care who the killer was. The writing was dull, the plot moved along so slowly, nothing much happened. The characters were one-dimensional. The Sergeant was always moaning about missing his wife and home that I wondered why he was still a policeman, and why he hadn't resigned and found a clerical job in London. I love railways and history and crime novels, but not this writer, I shall stick to the likes of Agatha Christie and Patrick O'Brian both of whom really know how to bring characters and plot alive.

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A so-so story with a not-so-good reading.

The story itself is decent, rather than good, with an ending that I didn’t quite see coming. I think that if I’d read it myself it might have seemed better. The narrator is not best equipped to deal with the North Yorkshire accent, nor the range of different characters. Many of them ‘spoke’ in very similar ways, the most common of which were submissive or blustery. This detracted from the enjoyment of listening. I’m not likely to listen to another of Marston’s novels for this reason and the writing that underlies such characterisations. I did once read a novel about a ‘railway detective’ but it wasn’t this one. The railway in this story is more peripheral than central, so if that’s your interest, I’d skip this. Oh well, not all stories or narrations can be very good, and perhaps my choices are better than I have felt at times.

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Excellent read revommended

Very good. Vvv vvv vvv. V. Bb. Bmmmmmssdrfkoo ghh vbnuu hh ertc mmm hhv hi bnn

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Good Listen

I seem t have collected al these books. they are well read and easy to listen to. this one I particularly like. well worth a credit!

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Finally- Leeming escapes without a concussion!

After suffering 5 concussions in 5 books, Victor Leeming gets through this one without a scratch. The author was stuck on that element and I was really tired of it. Poor Victor must be relieved too!

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