The Railway Detective faces his most dangerous adversary yet
1852. Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant Sergeant Victor Leeming are faced with their most complex and difficult case to date. As a train speeds over the Sankey Viaduct, a man is hurled from a carriage and plummets into the canal below. It later transpires that he has been stabbed to death. With no papers by which to identify the man, the detectives’ investigation is hampered from the start.
Suspecting that the victim may have come from continental Europe, Colbeck and Leeming take the case to France where a new railway is being built by a British contractor. But in a new country the detectives face new problems. Anti-British feeling is rife and Colbeck and Leeming must put their own lives in danger to pick up the murderer’s trail.
The third in the acclaimed Railway Detective series, The Railway Viaduct is an absorbing mystery that will keep you guessing till the very end.
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.
Most Helpful Customer 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.