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Murder on the Brighton Express

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Author Edward Marston
Rights World English
ISBN 9780749079147
Pages 320
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October 1854. As an autumnal evening draws to a close, crowds of passengers rush onto the soon to depart London to Brighton Express. A man watches from shadows nearby, grimly satisfied when the train pulls out of the station.


Chaos, fatalities and unbelievable destruction are the scene soon after when the train derails on the last leg of its journey. What led to such devastation, and could it simply be a case of driver error? Detective Inspector Colbeck, dubbed the ‘railway detective’, thinks not. But digging deep to discover the target of the accident takes time, something Colbeck doesn’t have as the killer prepares to strike again.

What The Critics Said

'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

'An exciting story of duplicity, revenge, and a race against time, this lively mystery is full of colorful characters, Victorian atmosphere, and suspense'

Good Book Guide

'Light on history, although enough is given to capture a flavour of the period.' ... 'Kept my attention throughout'

Historical Novels Review

'Marston's railway detail is authentic and carefully researched and consequently the books have earned review in at least one learned railway journal.'

Deadly Pleasures

‘A novel with religious overtones, political intrigue, lots of railway interest, romance, and a fast-moving plot, this has to be a book that will keep anyone interested to read to the last page. Thoroughly recommended.’

Friends of the Railway Museum Magazine

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