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  • Peril on the Royal Train

  • By: Edward Marston
  • Narrated by: Nick McArdle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

The route of the Caledonian Railway through the Scottish countryside is disrupted by a fatal crash. Inspector Robert Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Leeming are called from the crime of London to investigate, and must contend with the old enemy Superintendent Rory McTurk to uncover the criminals behind the disaster. The motive for the crash is unclear, with suspects including the North British Railway, a group of sabbatarians and those with vendettas to enact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Railway Detectives most thrilling story yet

  • By Anonymous User on 12-11-18

The Railway Detectives most thrilling story yet

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Peril on the Royal Train is another example of Edward Marston’s exquisite story writing. It is the ultimate example of a story with contrasts. From the beautifully depicted scenery of the Scottish Countryside, to the devastation caused by the criminals, bent on the most horrific crime! It’s a real rollercoaster of a story. Starting of with what my seem to be a ‘simple’ puzzle, turns into one single piece in a much larger crime! Again the story is so additive and sometimes it catches you off guard with where it’s heading! A great read, highly recommend it!

  • The Stationmaster's Farewell

  • By: Edward Marston
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Guy Fawkes Night, 1857. Joel Heygate is the popular stationmaster at Exeter St David's railway station - an impressive figure of a man replete with frock coat and top hat, bushy eyebrows and walrus moustache. But when the charred remains of a body are discovered in the embers of the town's annual Bonfire Night celebration, everyone is horrified when it becomes clear that they belong to Mr Heygate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Edward Marston just keeps on delivering!

  • By Anonymous User on 11-10-18

Edward Marston just keeps on delivering!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Yet another great story by Edward Marston! His writing here is at its most superb! The case is intriguing, well paced and has a wonderful (if shocking) finale! This is just another reminder of why I have grown to love this series! I recommend it to anyone, including Non-raikway Enthusiasts!

  • Blood on the Line

  • By: Edward Marston
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

The year is 1855, and on the LNWR train to London, a criminal is being escorted to his appointment with the hangman. But the wily Jeremy Oxley, conman, thief and murderer, has one last ace up his sleeve: a beautiful and ruthless accomplice willing to do anything to save her lover, including committing cold-blooded murder... When Inspector Robert Colbeck learns that Oxley, his nemesis, has once again escaped, black memories of their shared past leave him no choice but to do his duty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Read!

  • By Anonymous User on 09-08-18

Another Great Read!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

The latest story by Edward Marston brilliantly entices you with a very fast paced but intriguing case. Cornelius Garrett does a superb job as the narrator and the characters are all very written and voiced by him. After the brutal deaths of two policemen, Colebeck embarks on a man hunt; filled with twists and turns, delights and sorrows, triumphs and losses all in one story. I for one love it! If your looking for a real ‘catch-me-if-you-can’ story and have a keen interest in railways, then you’ve found what you’re looking for

  • Doctor Who: Prisoner of the Daleks

  • By: Trevor Baxendale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Briggs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

The Daleks are advancing, their empire expanding into Earth's space. The Earth forces are resisting in every way they can. But the battles rage on across countless solar systems. And now the future of our galaxy hangs in the balance.... The Doctor finds himself stranded on board a starship near the frontline with a group of ruthless bounty hunters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping from start to finish

  • By James Brooker on 13-06-13

The Daleks at there BEST!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-18

This is undoubtedly one of the best Doctor Who novels you’ll ever read! It’s brilliantly and intelligently written from start to finish. You’ll love it and want to listen to it again and again! If you want a good Dalek story in novel, then this is right up your alley! As a Doctor Who Fan, I highly recommend it

  • The Silver Locomotive Mystery

  • By: Edward Marston
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

An exquisite silver coffee-pot in the shape of a locomotive is on its way to Cardiff in the care of silversmith, Hugh Kellow. When the coffee-pot is stolen and a murder is committed, Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming are called in to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most enjoyable

  • By Maureen on 16-07-13

Edward Marston’s best work yet!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

The Silver Locomotive Mystery is without a doubt the best in the Railway Detective Series thus far! The story is throughly enjoyable and engaging that will have you constantly second guessing each character! The writing is once again absolutely superb, with well flushed out characters, brilliant humour, great story telling, very descriptive depictions and several plot twists that will make you gasp! Plus the historical references to the Railways and Locomotives of the 1850s, are the icing on the cake for budding railway Enthusiasts! Overall I would highly recommend this book for anyone who loves a great murder mystery! It’s mixture of dark themes and more light hearted moments, make it a wonderful read. Look forward to the next one!

  • The Iron Horse

  • Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck
  • By: Edward Marston
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Derby Day at Epsom Downs and a multitude of people crowd to watch the races: dukes and dustmen, bishops and beggars, privileged ladies and prostitutes. The gamut of Victorian society, though, is also a hotbed for crime and crooks of all kinds. With the country a-flutter in the run-up to this national occasion, events reach fever pitch when a disembodied head is discovered on a passenger train at Crewe; the first in a murky course of events that takes in murder, fraud and race-fixing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Looking forward to more

  • By Valerie on 14-09-12

Another great piece from Edward Marston!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-04-18

Edward Marston has done it again, with this exceptionally written story. Although slow in getting to its feet at first, it soon becomes an intriguing and enjoyable murder case to follow; always causing you to question about who’s the liar. I highly recommend book

  • The Excursion Train

  • Railway Detective, Book 2
  • By: Edward Marston
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

On the shocking discovery of a passenger's body on the Great Western Railway excursion train, Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant, Sergeant Victor Leeming, are dispatched to the scene. Faced with what initially appears to be a motiveless murder, Colbeck is intrigued by the murder weapon - a noose. When it emerges that the victim had worked as a public executioner, Colbeck realises that this must be intrinsically linked to the killer's choice of weapon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fantastic Murder Mystery for a Railway Enthusiast

  • By Anonymous User on 24-04-18

A Fantastic Murder Mystery for a Railway Enthusiast

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-18

Absolutely loved this book! As well as having a great and engaging plot, filled with so many twists and turns, it makes several accurate historical references, including ones that are guaranteed to tickle a Railway Enthusiast’s interest! Growing very found of this series and I would highly recommend it to those looking for a good old ‘whodunnit’!

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