A Christmas Railway Mystery

Edward Marston

Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Allison and Busby
Series :
The Railway Detective Series
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ISBN : 9780749021481
Pages : 352
Dimensions : 8.5 X 5.3 inches
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ISBN : 9780749021696
Pages : 352
Dimensions : 7.8 X 5 inches
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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.

About The Author

Edward Marston was born and brought up in South Wales. A full-time writer for over forty years, he has worked in radio, film, television and the theatre, and is a former chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association.


"This book is very entertaining and a wonderful addition to the Railway Detective Series. Mr. Marston is a highly creative writer who knows his subject matter and can weave a story that will keep the reader turning the page… A Christmas Railway Mystery is fast-paced, well written and highly entertaining. Anyone who enjoys a good who-done-it will find that they cannot put this book down.”

- The Cozy Review

"Sassy characters, fantastic plot with new discoveries coming to lite with every new page. Bravo Mr. Marston!”

- Alina's Reading Corner

"The combination of characters, place, and time gives readers get an entertaining escape that showcases the virtues of logical thinking, along with a toe dip into a bygone industrial age. The whole makes a cozy, light read suitable for winter evenings, especially around Christmas.”

- New York Journal of Books

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