A Christmas Railway Mystery

A Christmas Railway Mystery

Book - 2017
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December 1860. Headed for the morning shift at the Swindon Locomotive works is an army of men pouring out of terraced houses built by the GWR, a miniature town and planned community that aims to provide for its employees from cradle to grave. Unfortunately, boiler smith Kenneth Rodman is headed for the grave sooner than he'd expected, or he will be once his missing head is found. Colbeck, the Railway Detective, finds his investigation into Rodman's murder mired in contradictions. Was the victim a short-tempered brawler, or a committed Christian and chorister who aimed to better himself? On the trail of Rodman's enemy as the season starts to bite, Colbeck finds little festive cheer in the twists and turns of this peculiar case.
Publisher: London : Allison & Busby Limited, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780749021481
Branch Call Number: F MARSTON
Characteristics: 350 pages ; 23 cm.


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Dec 27, 2018

Like the steam engines of 1860 this murder mystery takes some pages to gather momentum. But persevere to about page 150 where a second crime puts added pressure on Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck that may keep him away from home over Christmas. Similar to the writing of Alexander McCall Smith, Edward Marston's stories provide a subtle commentary on class and gender inequality in 19th century England.


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