The Railway Detective faces his most dangerous adversary yet. It is 1852, and 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....
About the Author
Edward Marston has written over a hundred books, including some non fiction. He is best known for his hugely successful Railway Detective series. His other current series are the Home Front Detective , set in the Great War, and the Bow Street Rivals, featuring identical twin detectives during the Regency.
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.