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BOW STREET RIVALS

Rage of the Assassin

Rage of the Assassin

1817. This is fifth novel in the Bow Street Rivals series. Sir Roger Mellanby, the Radical Dandy, is a Member of Parliament who champions the cause of reform. When the politician is shot dead outside the stage door of a theatre, Paul Skillen has just arrived and witnesses the assassination. Even though he is warned by the Bow Street Runners not to investigate the murder, he feels duty bound to do so.

Peter Skillen, meanwhile, goes up to the dead man's constituency in Nottingham, to learn more about him and his family. The twin brothers meet with deceit and danger at every turn. Since a large amount of reward money is on offer, it attracts the attention of the master thief, Harry Scattergood and his involvement complicates matters even more.

While pursuing various lines of inquiry, Paul Skillen also has to protect his beloved Hannah Granville from the unwanted attentions of no less a person than the Prince Regent.

Paperback, 21 January 2021

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RAILWAY DETECTIVE SERIES

Slaughter in the Sapperton Tunnel

Slaughter in the Sapperton Tunnel

A goods train speeds through the Sapperton Tunnel in Gloucestershire then smashes into a makeshift pen on the line, killing the sheep inside it. The train is then derailed, causing immense damage and putting the lives of driver and fireman in danger. A shepherd from a nearby estate is reported missing.

Colbeck and Leeming are dispatched to solve the crimes and they discover a bitter rivalry between railway and canal employees, a hidden family secret, a cricket-loving squire who refuses to have a railway station built on his land, a mysterious artist who haunts churches, the son of the missing shepherd who is bent on revenge and the suspicious Principal of the Royal Agricultural College.

It's a case that stretches the detectives to the absolute limit.

Paperback, June 2021

Tragedy on the Branch Line

Tragedy on the Branch Line

The murder of a Cambridge undergraduate provides Inspector Colbeck with one of his most intriguing crimes. Bernard Pomeroy, the victim, would have been a key figure in the forthcoming Boat Race. His death is a godsend to the Oxford eight. Were any of them directly involved?

It transpires that Pomeroy had many enemies, including some with Italian connections.

As the investigation becomes ever more complex, Colbeck is given much-needed help by no less a figure than the Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston.

Hardcover, April 2021

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DOMESDAY SERIES

Ralph Delchard, a former soldier in the notorious Battle of Hastings, and Gervase Bret, a skilled lawyer, continue to travel the length of England examining issues raised during the collection of information for the Domesday Book, the great survey of the country commissioned by William the Conqueror. The pair frequently discover that where matters of property are concerned, there are often dangerous and violent consequences. The king's work is a dangerous business.

The Lions of the North

Lions of the North

A wealthy Yorkshire merchant enjoys the security of his castle, guarded as it is by his pet lions. When the beasts literally make a meal of an anonymous young man attempting to gain entry, Delchard and Bret wonder why anyone would make such a suicidal effort. Despite their mission, they cannot help but delve into exactly what was at stake.

Paperback, February 2021

The Serpents of Harbledown

Serpents of Harbledown

When a young girl is found in a holly patch, dead from a snakebite, her premature death shocks the entire town of Canterbury on the day that Delchard and Bret arrive. But when astonishing truths come to light, the duo must look for a force more vicious than a mere reptile.

Paperback, 18 February 2021

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The Stallions of Woodstock

Stallions of Woodstock

In the forest of Woodstock an excited crowd waits for the first horse to pass the post, but the winning steed has an empty saddle, its rider lying in a copse with a knife in his back. While guests of the Sheriff of Oxfordshire, Delchard and Bret inevitably find their attention drawn to the tragedy and uncover a startling truth.

Paperback, February 2021

The Hawks of Delamere

Hawks of Delamere

Paperback, 20 May 2021

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The Wildcats of Exeter

Wildcats of Exeter

Paperback, 20 May 2021

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The Foxes of Warwick

Foxes of Warwick

Paperback, 20 May 2021

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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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