BBB Book Review - The Railway Detective

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful the cover of this book is?

Taking my cue from Jennie I wanted to try and take some of my own pictures for my book review posts rather than just using stock pictures. As this book is set in the 1800s I thought a sepia-style filter was required on this occasion!

"In 1851 England, the city of London anticipates the grand opening of the Great Expedition. Excitement is mounting with each engineering triumph of the railways, but not everyone feels like celebrating. A sudden attack hits the London to Birmingham mail train and it is looted and derailed.
Planned with military precision, Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck fights to untangle a web of murder, blackmail and destruction. As Colbeck closes in on the criminal masterminds, events take an unexpected turn when the beautiful Madeline, daughter of the injured train driver, becomes a pawn in the criminals game.

With time running out, good and evil, new and old, battle against each other. But will the long arm of the law have speed on its side? Full of historical detail, unexpected twists and memorable characters, this is a mystery that will surprise you at every turn"

I found The Railway Detective, by Edward Marston, along with the rest of its set, in my Mum's library and was attracted to the vintage style cover. She reliably informed me I would enjoy it and she wasn't wrong!
The descriptions of life, society, expectations and fashions in the 1800s was really detailed within the book, but were useful and welcome rather than detracting from the story line. I found this a really easy and quick read, and had I been able, I would have easily finished this in less than a day. (Sadly time wouldn't allow this!) The book was a really good cosy mystery story and the backdrop of the railway made me wish I was reading whilst riding in a sleeper car somewhere - I'm such a nostalgic! The only downside was that as the reader, you knew whodunit before DI Colbeck did, but this wasn't a completely bad thing, as it wasn't made clear how the perpetrator was related to the story.
My Mum is currently in the process of moving house so all of her books have been packed away, but when she has unpacked at the other end, I will definitely be digging out the next book in this series!

1 comment :

  1. I have a copy of The Railway Detective currently sat on my bedside table in my 'to read' pile; my dad read it, said how good it was and passed it to me. I just need to find the time to actually read it! :-) x


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