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RAILWAY DETECTIVE SERIES

The Circus Train Conspiracy

Circus Train Conspiracy

After a successful stay in Carlisle, Moscardi's Magnificent Circus sets off for Newcastle in two separate trains. When the first of them is derailed, there is chaos. While the circus folk lick their wounds, a search is conducted for a monkey who fled the scene of the crash. The animal is eventually found but not before it has given the search party a fright beside the shallow grave in which a murder victim has been buried.

Colbeck and Leeming are dispatched north to handle the two cases. Are they related or quite independent of each other? It is never clear. They get valuable inside help from former policeman, Brendan Mulryne, now in charge of security at the circus. There are further attempts to stop them reaching their destination. The detectives have to identify suspects while trying to solve a murder case at the same time. Since the circus has known enemies, Leeming starts to hunt them down. Colbeck, meanwhile, learns that the murder victim came from Shropshire and institutes enquiries there.

Back in London, Madeleine Colbeck has to do some detective work of her own. Her friend, Lydia Quayle is being stalked by a man who steals one of her dresses. She invites Lydia to stay with her but the stalker will not be shaken off. On a brief return to London, Leeming is able to offer some useful advice.

The Railway Detective has to follow all kinds of twists and turns before he finally tracks down the killer. The circus’s tormentor is even more difficult to find. When he and Leeming finally confront the man, there is a gruesome surprise awaiting them.

Paperback, 19 April 2018

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Points of Danger

In the latest case for the Railway Detective, Jarvis Swarbrick and his wife are returning to Norwich when their train is diverted on to a branch line. He is shot dead from close range by the rider who demands his valuables. Summoned to the scene, Colbeck and Leeming discover that Swarbrick is a Member of Parliament who is championing a Bill that will lead to the amalgamation of rival railway companies in East Anglia.

Does the murder have political connotations? Is someone determined to wreck the merger? Why is Swarbrick's son so keen to see his father's second wife ejected from the family house? Can the murder be a simple act of revenge by an old enemy? Who is working hard behind the scenes to lead the detectives astray?

Colbeck and Leeming find that they have to explore many blind alleys before they finally solve one of the most bewildering mysteries they’ve ever encountered.

Hardcover, 18 October 2018

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Kindle Edition, 18 October 2018

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A Christmas Railway Mystery

A Christmas Railway Mystery

Swindon is rocked when the headless body of a man is found in the GWR Works. Colbeck is summoned to the railway town to solve the brutal crime. With Christmas only ten days away, a complex case is the last thing he needs. He is not helped by the appointment of an old enemy as acting superintendent at Scotland Yard, a man determined to throw his weight around.

While involved in one crime, the Railway Detective is alarmed to hear of another - the abduction of Superintendent Edward Tallis, who is in Kent to attend a reunion at his old regiment. Colbeck and Leeming find themselves in a hectic race to catch a killer in Swindon before joining in the search for Tallis - and Christmas is getting ever nearer.

Paperback, 18 October 2018

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BOW STREET RIVALS SERIES

Fugitive from the Grave

Fugitive from the Grave

The fourth book in the Bow Street Rivals series confronts the Skillen brothers with puzzling assignments. Estranged from her father, Clemency van Emden is summoned back to England with the news that he is dead. Yet there is no record whatsoever of his burial.

While Peter Skillen tries to find out what has happened, his twin brother, Paul, is alarmed to hear that his beloved Hannah Granville has been robbed by highwaymen on her way to Bath where she is to perform at the Theatre Royal. He vows to catch the highwaymen and reclaim the stolen property.

Each of the brothers soon finds that his respective searches are baffling, maddeningly complicated and fraught with extreme danger. Before long both are themselves in flight from an early grave.

Hardcover, 21 June 2018

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Kindle Edition, 21 June 2018

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HOME FRONT DETECTIVE SERIES

Under Attack

Under Attack

1917. German bombers attack London, causing damage and spreading fear. The war seems to get close every day. Harvey Marmion returns to duty after a futile attempt to find his son, Paul, who has run away from home. Marmion and Keedy take on the case of Gilbert Donohoe, a Midland businessman whose body was found in the Thames. Since the Metropolitan Police are under fire in the press, it is important that the murder is solved quickly so that their reputation is restored. Marmion and Keedy are thus under constant attack from their superiors.

Though everyone who knew him assures the detectives that Donohoe is a man with no enemies, suspects slowly begin to emerge. The progress of the investigation is hampered by Marmion’s continued anxiety over his son and by the rift that opens up between Alice Marmion and Keedy over the question of their marriage. While having domestic problems herself, Alice has to listen to endless crowing of her beat partner, Iris Goodliffe, about the wonderful romance she has at last found. When the romance turns dangerously sour, however, Alice has to step in to save her friend.

Her brother, Paul, meanwhile, has been working on a farm and making light of his impaired eyesight. The farmer is delighted to have such a hard-working lad and Paul is made welcome. The farmer’s daughter shows a particular interest in him.

Under pressure from people and events, the detectives explore the life of Gilbert Donahoe and find all kinds of suspicious activity. When they are themselves put under attack, they realise that they are closer to a solution than they thought. They not only catch those responsible for the murder, they flush out the mole in Scotland Yard who has been supplying the press with classified information.

Paperback, 23 August 2018

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The novels

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The series:
Domesday
Nicholas Bracewell
Redmayne
Inspector Colbeck
Daniel Rawson
Home Front Detective
Dillman and Masefield
Writing as Conrad Allen
Alan Saxon
Writing as Keith Miles
Merlin Richards
Writing as Keith Miles
Miscellaneous publications

About the author

Edward Marston was born and brought up in Wales. He read Modern History at Oxford then lectured in the subject for three years before becoming a full-time freelance writer. His first historical mystery, The Queen's Head, was published in 1988, launching the Nicholas Bracewell series. Read on
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