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Railway Viaduct based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Another Victorian era police procedural set in the early days of the railways. This time Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming are called in to investigate a murder on the Sankey Viaduct, but their hunt for the murderer takes them to the construction site for a new railway line in France. The construction company is British, but the navvies come from all over Europe, adding a new dimension to the problems of investigating murder.I thought the first book in this series suffered from a bad case of "my research, let me show you it", but here the background material is seamlessly woven in to provide some wonderful world-building. Lots of fun, and I'm looking forward to the next one.
Another in the 'Railway Detective' series from Martson, this time involving a murder on a railway viaduct leading to a French railway project with jingoistic overtones from British villains. A thoughtful plot takes us through a number of set pieces about Victorian railway culture. I felt it was all a little flat for my taste; all the twists and events seemed to come as no surprise and the secondary characters were only there for colour rather than as ingredients in the mix.