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RAILWAY DETECTIVE SERIES

Tragedy on the Branch Line

Tragedy on the Branch Line

A Cambridge undergraduate is found dead on the platform of a railway station. Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming are sent to investigate. The murder victim is a crucial member of the university rowing team, and the Boat Race is imminent.

Have the Oxford crew deliberately weakened their rivals? Other suspects abound and the case acquires an international aspect. Colbeck even draws Lord Palmerston, the Prime Minister, into the investigation.

Paperback, 20 January 2022

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The Railway Detective's Christmas Case

When a works manager is shot dead in the Malvern Hills, Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming are sent to investigate. The problem is that Superintendent Tallis insists on coming with them and directing operations.

The detectives meet a helpful station master in Malvern itself but get little assistance from the Worcestershire Constabulary. Since they believe that the assassination was plotted by someone in the works that employed the murder victim, they have to divide their time between the Black Country and the Malverns.

The fact that Christmas is getting ever closer complicates the situation and they are forced into a race against time.

Hardcover, 20 October 2022

OCEAN LINER MYSTERIES

Murder on the Lusitania

Murder on the Lusitania

September 1907. George Dillman, a handsome American working as a ship’s detective for the Cunard Line, sets sail on the Lusitania’s maiden voyage.

When a dead body is discovered, he moves into action.

He meets Genevieve Masefield, a young English woman, in first-class and draws her into the investigation. They uncover a succession of dark secrets aboard.

Paperback, 17 February 2022

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Murder on the Mauretania

Murder on the Mauretania

November 1907. George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield sail to New York on the ship’s maiden voyage. A record amount of gold bullion is aboard. When one of the passengers in first-class is thrown overboard, the two of them find themselves confronted with a complex murder case.

They need all their skills to hunt down the killer and protect the gold bullion.

Paperback, 17 February 2022

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Murder on the Caronia

Murder on the Caronia

When they are about to set sail, ship’s detectives George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield are surprised to see a man being hustled aboard in handcuffs by two burly policemen.

The newcomer is a murder suspect.

As the voyage progresses, there are all kinds of problems for the detectives, not least a vicious murder. The escape of the prisoner only adds to their woes.

Paperback, 21 April 2022

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Murder on the Minnesota

Murder on the Minnesota

George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield are working as detectives aboard the Minnesota, a combined freighter and passenger ship.

They look forward to their cruise to the Far East.

The murder of a fiery Catholic missionary upset their plans. It is the first in a series of crimes that stretches them to their utmost limits.

Paperback, 21 April 2022

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Murder on the Salsette

Murder on the Salsette

George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield sail from Bombay to Aden on a beautiful ship belonging to the P&O Line.

What should be a smooth voyage turns out to be a filled with a succession of crimes that culminate in a murder.

As ship’s detectives, Dillman and Masefield are caught up in the whirlwind of events.

Paperback, 23 June 2022

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Murder on the Marmora

Murder on the Marmore

A luxury cruise to Egypt sounds idyllic to ship’s detectives, Geothe Dillman and Genevieve Masefield.

The presence aboard of the Duke and Duchess of Fife, however, obliges them to act as bodyguards as well.

Jewellery is then stolen from a variety of passengers in first-class and then a case of murder intensifies the problem. The idyllic voyage has turned into a nightmare.

Paperback, 23 June 2022

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Murder on the Oceanic

On their way from Southampton to New York, the Oceanic calls in at Cherbourg to pick up J.P.Morgan, the famous financier, who has been in France to buy famous paintings.

George Dillman and Genevieve Masefield, the ship’s detectives, have to keep on their toes.

When some of Morgan’s priceless works of art go missing, the detectives lead the search. Genevieve is hampered by the attentions of a charming rake. To add to her problems, there’s a gruesome murder.

Paperback, 23 June 2022

THE HOME FRONT DETECTIVE

Orders to Kill

Orders to Kill

1917 The horrific murder of a surgeon at a military hospital confronts Inspector Harvey Marmion and Sergeant Joe Keedy with their most perplexing case.

It takes them to a variety of locations, the last of which is a battlefield across the Channel.

Marmion’s wife and daughter, meanwhile, are in two minds about the reappearance of Paul Marmion, their missing son, who has been arrested in Shepton Mallet.

Paperback, 19 May 2022

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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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