Railway to the Grave

Railway to the Grave

by Edward Marston


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Tragedy strikes close to the Detective Department when an old friend of Superintendent Tallis walks to meet a speeding train head on.
The suicide, prompted by the disappearance of the man’s wife, has shocked the local community and leaves plenty for Inspector Robert Colbeck, the Railway Detective, to uncover. Whispers and rumours abound but did the dead man, Captain Randall, really take his own life in repentance for some harm he did his wife?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749009311
Publisher: Allison & Busby, Limited
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Series: Railway Detective , #7
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,200,879
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

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.

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Railway to the Grave 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Dessss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the easy flow of this book, may read more by this author.
devenish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The wife of Colonel Aubrey Tarleton has disappeared and is feared dead. One day,soon after this the Colonel sets out and calmly walks along the railway line in the path of a fast-moving train with predictable results. Inspector Robert Colbeck is sent to investigate these unfortunate events. As with most of this series,this is a readable and reasonably interesting story. It is also rather pedestrian and for the most part fairly predictable. If you have nothing better to do to pass a few hours you might do worse than pass them with this tale.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yorkshire 1855. Colonel Aubrey Tarleton takes his own life by walking along a railway track near his home directly into the path of an oncoming train. He is a good friend of Superintendent Tallis of Scotland Yard, and pinned to Tarleton's chest is a note asking that Tallis be notified of his death.Tarleton and Tallis were army friends and Tallis refuses to believe that his friend has committed suicide, although the previous day he had received a letter from Tartleton. Goodbye, dear friend. Though her body has not yet been found, I know in my heart that she is dead and have neither the strength nor the will to carry on without her. I go to join her in heaven.Tallis is determined to get to the bottom of events and takes with him to Yorkshire his Scotland Yard team, the famous "Railway Detective" Inspector Robert Colbeck, and his assistant Sergeant Victor Leeming.This is the third in the railway detective series that I have read by Edward Marston, a pseudonym of Keith Miles. Like the others RAILWAY TO THE GRAVE gives a strong impression of authentic historical setting. I like my historical crime fiction to not just feel like crime fiction transplanted to another time period, but to also reveal something about the period in which it has been set. Marston manages to not only write a strong police procedural, but to tell us something about society of the 1850s, industrial England in which the story is set.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago