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Summary

December 1860. Headed for the morning shift at the Swindon Locomotive Works is an army of men pouring out of terraced houses built by the GWR, a miniature town and planned community that aims to provide for its employees from cradle to grave. Unfortunately, boilersmith Frank Rodman is headed for the grave sooner than he'd expected, or he will be once his missing head is found. 

Colbeck, the Railway Detective, finds his investigation into Rodman's murder mired in contradictions. Was the victim a short-tempered brawler or a committed Christian and chorister? On the trail of Rodman's enemy as the season starts to bite, Colbeck finds little festive cheer in the twists and turns of this peculiar case. 

©2017 Edward Marston (P)2018 Soundings

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  • 17-12-18

very enjoyable indeed

brilliantly read and an enjoyable story with all the right atmosphere , twists and turns

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Not the Railway Detective's finest hour

Workmanlike offering, distinctly lacking in festive atmosphere beyond 'will we be home for Christmas?' utterances.

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Too slow

Too slow. Too many unheralded leaps of imagination. Dislike the genre. 90% of the book red herrings. Narration fine.

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A good read

A most enjoyable book I look forward to catching up with the detective again soon I would recommend this audio book it was a great listen Edward Marston is a good story teller and the endings are not what you expect

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  • 01-05-20

Typical of Edward Marston

All of the Colbeck stories are of an equally fascinating and gripping nature and this is no exception. An excellent listen.

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  • John
  • 08-12-18

Probably good reading as a book-a bit boring

I’m sure this story would come off better if read as a book. I didn’t get a warm feeling for any character or find any of them interesting.
And there was certainly not any train theme much less a “Christmas Railway” aura. I felt a bit deceived.

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