The Excursion Train: The bestselling Victorian mystery series

The Excursion Train: The bestselling Victorian mystery series

by Edward Marston

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Overview

A perplexing new case for the Railway Detective

On the shocking discovery of a passenger’s body on the Great Western Railway excursion train, Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant, Sergeant Victor Leeming, are dispatched to the scene. Faced with what initially appears to be a motiveless murder, Colbeck is intrigued by the murder weapon – a noose. When it emerges that the victim had worked as a public executioner, Colbeck realises that this must be intrinsically linked to the killer’s choice of weapon. However, the further he delves into the case, the more mysterious it becomes. And when a second man is strangled by a noose on a train, Colbeck knows he must act quickly; can he catch the murderer before more lives are lost?

Set in Victorian England and rich in historical detail, The Excursion Train will hold you captivated from the beginning to the end of its journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749008772
Publisher: Allison & Busby, Limited
Publication date: 11/23/2009
Series: Railway Detective series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 323
Sales rank: 393,115
File size: 351 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Edward Marston was born and brought up in South Wales. A full-time writer for over forty years, he has worked in radio, film, television and the theatre, and is a former chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association.

edwardmarston.com

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Excursion Train 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
London 1852. A trainful of excited "fans" are delivered to the illegal prize fight between Mad Isaac and the Bargeman near Twyford. But one second class passenger does not leave the train. He has been garrotted en route. Inspector Robert Colbeck of the Detective Department of the Metropolitan Police at Scotland Yard, now known as the Railway Detective, after his success in the previous year, takes up the case. The dead passenger is identified as Jake Bransby, public executioner. The real reason why Bransby took on being hangman is revealed, and Colbeck discovers that Bransby had many enemies. This is #2 in the Railway Detective series. Marston has further developed the relationship between Colbeck and Maddy, the daughter of the train driver who appeared in the first book in the series. Lawyer turned detective Colbeck signals the beginning of a new breed of policemen, those who look beyond the obvious, and seek to understand why.
JulesJones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
[2010-05-11] More Victorian railway police procedural. I liked this better than the first one -- more polished and a bit less info-dumping of the author's research.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Second in the "Railway Detective" series, Robert Colbeck and his partner Sergeant Leeming are back at it again, this time to investigate a strange murder which occurred on an excursion train. It seems that hundreds of people took a special train to reach a prize fight (illegal in the Victorian era) between two favorites; all reached their destination except the murdered man. It takes Colbeck and Leeming some time, but they eventually trace the identity of the dead man as being that of a former hangman, so there could be any number of people willing to do him in. It's up to Colbeck and Leeming to sort through a number of suspects to find out whodunit. This series is very light in tone, but is still an interesting and fast read. I especially enjoy the period details. I'd recommend it to people who enjoy historical mysteries, light British series mysteries and an easy read.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When a man's murdered body is discovered on an excursion train that had transported spectators from London to the site of an illegal fight, Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck is under pressure to solve the case quickly. As he learns more about the dead man's identity, he begins to suspect that the motive for murder is connected to the man's profession as a public executioner. Colbeck believes that the murderer has plans for more than one victim. Can he find the killer before more lives are lost?I didn't like this second book in the Detective Inspector Colbeck series quite as well as the first book. All of the books in this series have something to do with trains. Trains were an essential part of the crime in the first book. However, the crime in this book could have occurred at any number of places other than on a train. The plot was contrived to fit the necessity of a railway connection for this series. Colbeck's character seemed a little flat in this book. However, there are enough interesting characters among the supporting cast to keep me going with the series. Since there are several references to events from the first book in the series, I would recommend reading at least these first two books in order.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A man's body is found on an excursion train that took passengers to an illegal fight. Inspector Colbeck who has garnered recognition as "the railway detective" because of a previous case is called to investigate. He and his sidekick Sgt. Leeming soon discover that the man was a hangman and believe that the method of death may indicate a connection to one of the persons he'd executed. Their travels lead them to the village of Ashford. There's soon a second murder on another train. Colbeck believes there could be a third if the culprits are not caught.I enjoyed this installment of the Marston series. Some of the minor characters are more interesting and fully developed than Colbeck though. This is a slight problem for those who return to the series after a couple of years or for those who have not read the first installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago