Railway to the Grave

Railway to the Grave

eBook - 2010
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Yorkshire 1855. Colonel Aubrey Tarleton is a man respected by his neighbours in the small Yorkshire village of South Otterington--as much for his heroic feats in the army as for his social position. So the community is left stunned when Tarleton, deliberately, walks into the path of a speeding train. He is crushed to death on the track, but it is not his broken limbs that attract the attention of the train driver; rather, it is the note pinned to his chest, fluttering in the breeze: 'Whoever finds me, notify Superintendent Tallis of the Detective Department at Scotland Yard'. The famous Railway Detective, Inspector Robert Colbeck, finds his superior officer in great distress when he arrives at the Yard the following morning. Tallis is clutching a letter from his now-deceased friend. In it, Tarleton makes it clear that he no longer wishes to live if he has to do so without his beloved wife, who has disappeared. When the news arrives that a man's body has been found on the track near Thirsk, the coincidence is too great...
Publisher: London : Allison & Busby, 2010
ISBN: 9780749009250
074900925X
Branch Call Number: e-book
Alternative Title: Library2Go.

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Liber_vermis
Jan 17, 2018

No need for a "spoiler alert" as Roundcat has the plot wrong. Once again, the author, Edward Marston, has more suspects, in this police procedural thriller, than fleas on a dog's back; and is much more satisfying than another 'detective' series set in Botswana.

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Roundcat
Oct 05, 2014

Naturally, since the man who apparently committed suicide is a friend of Superintendent Tallis and the death occurred on a railway, Inspector Colbeck and Sgt. Leeming are dispatched to prove the death is not suicide--which it isn't as it turns out. Then the problem becomes, who killed him. This becomes more of a village murder case, since the solution involves Inspector Tallis' friends' social connections. As usual things are not what they seem, but Colbeck figures it out in the end.

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MDianeRogers
Sep 04, 2011

An enjoyable mystery - a little contrived perhaps but I do like the 'good' characters.

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22950009541673
May 11, 2011

Every time the detectives turn around, they find another guilty person. But they do manage to find the one they are looking for.

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