Railway to the Grave

Railway to the Grave

by Edward Marston

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Now here’s a murd’rous tale of woe, See a hero misbehave. For it shows a valiant soldier go, By railway to the grave.

Yorkshire 1855. Colonel Aubrey Tarleton is a man respected by his neighbours in the small Yorkshire village of South Otterington – as much for his heroic feats in the army as for his social position. So the community is left stunned when Tarleton, deliberately, walks into the path of a speeding train. He is crushed to death on the track, but it is not his broken limbs that attract the attention of the train driver; rather, it is the note pinned to his chest, fluttering in the breeze: ‘Whoever finds me, notify Superintendent Tallis of the Detective Department at Scotland Yard’.

The famous Railway Detective, Inspector Robert Colbeck, finds his superior officer in great distress when he arrives at the Yard the following morning. Tallis is clutching a letter from his now-deceased friend. In it, Tarleton makes it clear that he no longer wishes to live if he has to do so without his beloved wife, who has disappeared. When the news arrives that a man’s body has been found on the track near Thirsk, the coincidence is too great. Was Tarleton responsible for his wife’s disappearance, and was his suicide the act of a guilty man? Tallis cannot believe that to be the case and sets out for Yorkshire, accompanied by Colbeck and his trusty Sergeant Victor Leeming, determined to uncover the truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749009250
Publisher: Allison & Busby, Limited
Publication date: 06/07/2010
Series: Railway Detective series , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 334,837
File size: 435 KB
Age Range: 9 - 12 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.


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Railway to the Grave 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Dessss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the easy flow of this book, may read more by this author.
devenish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The wife of Colonel Aubrey Tarleton has disappeared and is feared dead. One day,soon after this the Colonel sets out and calmly walks along the railway line in the path of a fast-moving train with predictable results. Inspector Robert Colbeck is sent to investigate these unfortunate events. As with most of this series,this is a readable and reasonably interesting story. It is also rather pedestrian and for the most part fairly predictable. If you have nothing better to do to pass a few hours you might do worse than pass them with this tale.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yorkshire 1855. Colonel Aubrey Tarleton takes his own life by walking along a railway track near his home directly into the path of an oncoming train. He is a good friend of Superintendent Tallis of Scotland Yard, and pinned to Tarleton's chest is a note asking that Tallis be notified of his death.Tarleton and Tallis were army friends and Tallis refuses to believe that his friend has committed suicide, although the previous day he had received a letter from Tartleton. Goodbye, dear friend. Though her body has not yet been found, I know in my heart that she is dead and have neither the strength nor the will to carry on without her. I go to join her in heaven.Tallis is determined to get to the bottom of events and takes with him to Yorkshire his Scotland Yard team, the famous "Railway Detective" Inspector Robert Colbeck, and his assistant Sergeant Victor Leeming.This is the third in the railway detective series that I have read by Edward Marston, a pseudonym of Keith Miles. Like the others RAILWAY TO THE GRAVE gives a strong impression of authentic historical setting. I like my historical crime fiction to not just feel like crime fiction transplanted to another time period, but to also reveal something about the period in which it has been set. Marston manages to not only write a strong police procedural, but to tell us something about society of the 1850s, industrial England in which the story is set.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago