The Railway Detective

Author(s): Edward Marston
Series: Inspector Robert Colbeck Series No: 1
Genre: Self Help
Imprint: Clipper Audio
CD - unabridged
Audio (7 discs)
Product Number: CP349
Released: Sep 13, 2005
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419353987
Narrator/s: Simon Prebble
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London, 1851. The London to Birmingham mail train is robbed and derailed, injuring the driver and others aboard. With the opening of the Great Exhibition at hand, interest is mounting in the engineering triumphs of the railways. But not everyone is celebrating. Planned with military precision, this crime challenges the new Police force to its limits and leads Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck to discover a web of murder, blackmail and destruction.

Professional reviews

"Shortly before the Great Exhibition of 1851 is to open in England, the London to Birmingham mail train is robbed and derailed. D.I. Robert Colbeck is assigned to investigate the case, which promptly expands to include murder and blackmail. The challenge of multiple British, Scottish, and Irish accents is admirably met by Simon Prebble. He conveys the great variety of the characters' personalities--whether blustering, sarcastic, pompous, sneering, officious, or refined--so convincingly that the listener will quickly become emotionally allied with or repelled by certain individuals. (Colbeck's superior is particularly unlikable.) Though not filled with action and suspense, this is an enjoyable period piece of detective fiction. S.S.R. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"

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