I have enjoyed them all, the stories are told well and the era has been well researched as they do set the scenes of the time. I enjoy the main characters of these books and the stories do follow on from each other naturally. Nice easy reads not needing very much concentration as Edward Marston excuse the pun keeps everything on track. A ripping good yarn. A wonderfully told tale with twists and turns to satisfy the most discriminating mystery reader. I recommend the entire series.
Jan 05, Helen Birkbeck rated it really liked it.
Peril On The Royal Train
Exciting instalment in the saga; interesting setting and characters. Mar 28, Maggie Kiely rated it liked it. Easy to read and enjoyable Loving this series. May 28, Terri Lynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: I had to have my library buy this and wait for it to come.
I have read all the books in this series. He dresses like a dandy, is full of himself, and finally married Madeleine Andrews in the last book. He is a man of means with an inherited home and fortune. He met Madeleine through her father, retired train driver Caleb Andrews when he solved his first train mystery. The series is set in Victorian Englan I had to have my library buy this and wait for it to come. The series is set in Victorian England.
Some of the things that annoy me in each book are back here. I find the way Madeleine talks to her father as if she is his boss annoying. She needs to remember that without him, she would never have been born and he is the one who housed, fed, clothed and supported her until she married and show a little respect. The author feels the need somehow to make Tallis into a fool and Colbeck in to Mr. In this book, Colbeck is shown a telegram sent by a train company in Scotland that had a train derailed by rocks put into its path which killed 3 people.
They want him and his assistant Detective Sergeant Victor Leeming to come and solve it. Tallis, making perfect sense, forbids him to go saying that it is not in their jurisdiction as Scotland Yard is to tend to crimes in England and that the police detectives in Glasgow, Scotland and the train detectives there don't need him to solve a crime about who piled up rocks.
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Colbeck toots his own horn like he is the only one on the planet who can solve any crime involving a train and in a snit tries to quit saying he will then go to Scotland for months if needed to solve it even if he is no longer an officer. In the end, he gets to go along with Leeming who bemoans the fact he has to leave his wife and 2 kids Colbeck just shoves his own new wife out of mind and that he is going to Scotland where he can't understand the dialect and because it is a train trip and he hates train travel.
Once there, an illiterate shepherd named Jamie Farr who hates the railroad because it runs over the lambs he tends there is a sad pitiful scene where one is crushed and the grieving mother hovers over it wants to marry equally illiterate Bella and hopes to get the reward offered for info leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever caused the accident and reports seeing 2 men and a cart down near the site of the accident. Keep in mind Jamie just told McTurk he saw two men and a cart with no details and he had no idea who the men were or where they lived.
McTurk went into Glasgow and asked at all hotels and inns if two men and a cart had been there. He finally found the place they stayed and the innkeeper's daughter heard what the men called each other.
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He then went to his retired police uncle and asked about the men and his uncle knew their last name. He then found where they lived. Jamie knew none of this so McTurk did not "steal someone's information to profit" himself. He did the legwork and detective work to find who and where they were. As it turned out, the men were not even involved. A wacko group mad that trains run on the Sabbath, a burglary from a safe said to be burglarproof, and a threat on the lives of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and their kids are vital parts of the story. Here's a clue- it is Madeleine and her dad Caleb who find an essential clue that brings the threat to the royal family out in the open.
As always, I enjoyed this book as I have others in the series. Jul 03, Maria Thermann rated it really liked it. More of a rattling good adventure than a murder mystery, Edward Marston's Peril on the Royal Train puffs along with the speed of a run-away train. Plenty of suspects emerge quite quickly, after a freight train is deliberately derailed in Scotland, but one by one their suspects fall away, either they are involved in unrelated crimes or they turn out to have nothing to do with the derailment of the train More of a rattling good adventure than a murder mystery, Edward Marston's Peril on the Royal Train puffs along with the speed of a run-away train.
Plenty of suspects emerge quite quickly, after a freight train is deliberately derailed in Scotland, but one by one their suspects fall away, either they are involved in unrelated crimes or they turn out to have nothing to do with the derailment of the train and they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. The press tear into Superintendent Tallis, who in turn snarls and barks abuse at Colbeck. A chance encounter at a dinner held in honour of retired locomotive drivers in London, to which Colbeck's father-in-law, the irascible Caleb Andrews, has been invited, finally reveals a break in the case.
There has been a burglary at the house of a railway director. His safe was broken into and although only money was stolen, Caleb Andrews feels uneasy about the story told to his daughter, Colbeck's wife Madeleine, at the dinner. Why weren't the railway director's wife's jewels taken? It transpires that the safe also contained valuable information about the movements of the Royal Family and their annual holiday plans in Balmoral, a journey undertaken by train.
Bring in a young shepherd, his brave dog, a few mad-cap sabbatarians and dissidents and there's your adventure. In a typical murder mystery the reader is given enough clues to potentially work out who did the foul deed. Unfortunately, Marston's series of railway related mysteries in Victorian Britain don't allow readers to do that. Motive and murderer are only disclosed at the very end of the book in most of these books and this one is no exception.
There are no clues whatsoever as to the identity or the motive of the deed until the final few chapters. As a devotee of intellectual puzzles the reader of murder mysteries feels therefore somewhat cheated reading this story. Having said that, it is a really good read, very funny in parts and brilliantly plotted to the very end.
The vicious spats between Colbeck and his superintendent Mr Tallis are always a delight to read, but here we are also treated to the smarmy Inspector Rae and an old adversary, Inspector Rory McTurk, a railway inspector with a grudge whom Colbeck met at the onset of his Scotland Yard career. The men engage in great verbal combat and as always, Marston captures each character brilliantly and brings them all to life.
There's also plenty of romance here, since Colbeck is freshly married to his beloved Madeleine. A touch of domestic bliss creeps in once in a while, making Colbeck a more rounded character than he was before. My favourite, however, is the wonderful Sergeant Leeming, a devoted family man who hates travelling by rail. Best read while travelling on a train, preferably while rolling Scottish countryside hurtles past you and whiskered gentlemen share your carriage.
Edward Marston is one of my favorite writers of historical mysteries. This series is based on trains - and who doesn't like reading about trains in Victorian England. I really like the way that Edward Marston makes you feel as though you are actually in the period he is writing about and of course the reader gets a great dose of history in a very digestible manner.
If you've never read a historical mystery I would suggest starting with Edward Marston - who also has two other historical series go Edward Marston is one of my favorite writers of historical mysteries. If you've never read a historical mystery I would suggest starting with Edward Marston - who also has two other historical series going both of which are very readable. The Railway Detective series however is currently my favorite. Dec 24, J rated it it was ok. Generally I find this series an enjoyable romp; I didn't really gel with this one though. The problem really set in on the first page.
The Caledonian Railway never owned or operated a route between Carlisle and Edinburgh- there was one, but it was owned by the North British Railway. Said railway line also did not exist in This fairly basic bit of historical research being lacking, ruined the rest of the book for me.
Sep 01, Dan rated it really liked it. This book and the last one seem to have slightly more complex parts with a greater number of actors. This is to the good as the series was just starting to settle into a bit to predictable pattern. An enjoyable read and with a bit more heroic action, which he may have adopted from his ongoing military series.
Sep 18, Richard rated it liked it. Another enjoyable read from Edward Marston about the Railway Detective. It had some enjoyable twists and turns, but I am getting annoyed that the plots seem to take a forced diversion to include Colbeck's wife and father in law. Jan 02, Damien G added it.
The second of three picked up at the library. A tale of murder rivalry and royalty. The inspector and his sergeant have to solve a derailment but soon have to protect the royal family. An enjoyable read and as with the series very good on the early history of the railways. Nov 01, Stuart Graver rated it liked it. Not as engaging as the last book but if you like historical detail these will give value. Sep 20, Paula rated it liked it Shelves: I really liked the last one in this series but not this one so much. In fairness it was probably just my mood.
A very enjoyable read. Mar 22, Kenny Baxter rated it really liked it. Another great book in the Railway Detective Series. Apr 06, Mary Scott rated it liked it Shelves: Not my favourite of this series! Click I Have iTunes to open it now. View More by This Author. Other Books in This Series. A Ticket to Oblivion Timetable of Death Signal for Vengeance Inspector Colbeck's Casebook The Circus Train Conspiracy A Christmas Railway Mystery Points of Danger The Railway Detective The Excursion Train Customer Ratings We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this book.
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