The Excursion Train by Edward Marston

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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.


About Edward Marston

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EDWARD MARSTON was born and brought up in South Wales. A full-time writer for over thirty years, he has worked in radio, film, television and the theatre. Prolific and highly successful, he is equally at home writing children s books or literary criticism, plays or biographies and the settings for his crime novels range from the world of professional golf to the compilation of the Domesday Survey. He is also a former Chairman of the Crime Writers Association.
Published November 23, 2009 by Allison & Busby. 288 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hawkshaw’s friends and relations claimed he was innocent, and Colbeck determines to solve both crimes: Hawkshaw’s possible frame-up and Guttridge’s murder.

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Reviewing the Evidence

There is also the side story of Madeleine Andrews, the daughter of the train conductor Colbeck proved innocent in the first book in the series, THE RAILWAY DETECTIVE.

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Monsters and Critics

Murder in the midst of merriment can be the most shocking sort, and so it is in the case of Jacob Bransby--brutally strangled with a length of wire while on board a train carriage crowded with lowlife Londoners, all bound for an illegal bare-knuckle prizefight in Berkshire in 1852.

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