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RAILWAY DETECTIVE SERIES

Points of Danger

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.

Paperback, 20 June 2019

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Hardcover, 18 October 2018

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Kindle Edition, 18 October 2018

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Fear on the Phantom Special

It is Hallowe'n. A hired train takes a group of friends to a place in the Lake District notorious for its record of supernatural incidents. Strong drink has been taken. There's a mood of excitement and fear. When one of the people disappears completely, panic quickly spreads.

Colbeck and Leeming are sent to Cumbria to join in the search for Alexander Piper who turns out to have been wild, headstrong and with a reputation for promiscuity. He is also the nephew of Lord Culverhouse, a local worthy engaged in a fierce land dispute. Could Piper's disappearance be connected with that or has he been killed by a vengeful husband? More than one person believes that what happened on the Phantom Special was a genuine supernatural event.

The railway detective has to be on top form to unravel the multiple strands of the case, and finds himself having to solve a murder from the past in order to explain one from the present.

Hardcover, October 2019

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.

Paperback, 21 February 2019

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Hardcover, 21 June 2018

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Kindle Edition, 21 June 2018

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HOME FRONT DETECTIVE SERIES

The Unseen Hand

The latest investigation for the Home Front Detective confronts Inspector Marmion with his most complex challenge yet. It is 1917 and the dead body of a complete stranger is found in a room at the Lotus, an exclusive hotel for ladies from the upper echelons of society.

The woman staying in the room has disappeared and there are fears for her safety. The hotel is rocked. Is the murder the work of a jealous rival or does it have a mysterious link with activities in France? There are lots of other possibilities and they send Marmion and Keedy off on a long and frustrating search.

They are not helped by pressure from their superiors, from the owner of the Lotus and from increasingly hostile newspapers. Tension mounts remorselessly.

Hardcover, June 2019

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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