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Monday, June 3, 2013

Murder on the Brighton Express by Edward Marston

Genre: Historical Mystery

Setting: England, 1854

First Sentence: Hands on hips, Frank Pike stood on the platform at London Bridge station and ran an approving eye over his locomotive.

This novel is the fifth in Marston's Railway Detective series.

Inspector Robert Colbeck is known by reputation as the Railway Detective.  While employed by Scotland Yard, rather than a railway company, Colbeck has shown a knack for solving crimes associated with the railroad.  He is aided in his investigations by the very capable Sergeant Victor Leeming.

There has been a terrible accident on the Brighton Express line.  The train has jumped the track and collided with another train.  Many passengers have been injured, and there were several fatalities.  Colbeck has been asked by the railroad company to aid the company's own Inspector General in investigating the accident.  The Inspector General jumps to the conclusion that driver error has caused the collision.  Colbeck is not so sure.  Soon he and Sergeant Leeming find clues that lead to a more sinister conclusion: Someone caused the accident in order to murder one of the passengers on the train.

Will Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming find the evidence needed to exonerate the train driver and implicate the murderer before he strikes again?

Edward Marston is one of mu favorite authors.  He writes in as extremely readable style.  He creates unique and interesting characters.  His plots move forward with just the right amount of description.  And, for me, his dialogue is a joy to read.

I enjoyed this novel.  If you are looking for a nice, pleasant read, give Marston a try!

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