Edward Marston has written over a hundred books. He is best known for his hugely successful Railway Detective series. His other series include the Home Front Detective, set in the Great War, and the Bow Street Rivals, featuring identical twin detectives during the Regency.
This fifth title in Marston's "Railway Detective" series, following The Iron Horse (2007), revolves around a catastrophic train wreck in 1854 England. Scotland Yard's Robert Colbeck quickly determines that the wreck was caused by someone wanting to kill a single passenger. Before finding the culprit, then, he must first identify the intended victim. The book is populated with colorful characters, and the two strands of Colbeck's investigation result in a tidy whodunit wrapping up with a nifty surprise ending. However, it would be more satisfying as a work of historical fiction had it provided more details unique to its time period. Bombay-born actor/narrator Sam Dastor's (A Passage to India) meticulous enunciation nicely enhances the text. Recommended with reservations.-R. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
'Marston is a wonderful writer of historical detective fiction, and this investigation of a rail crash, set in 1854, is a gem of period detail' Peter James