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The Stationmaster's Farewell (The Railway Detective #9)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  157 ratings  ·  23 reviews
1857. Only when the bonfire finally dies down, the charred remains of his body are found. Who would possibly want to murder a man so universally liked? It s the question Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Lemming ask when they arrive in Exeter at the request of the South Devon Railway. Yet, as they investigate the stationmaster s life, they realize he i ...more
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published July 15th 2012 by Allison & Busby (first published April 30th 2012)
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The Railway Detective series continues to enthral as Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck embarks on another baffling case.

A stationmaster's body is found at the bottom of the 5 November bonfire in Exeter and the railway authorities, much to the initial annoyance of the local police force and in particular Superintendent Steele, call in Colbeck and his partner, the persevering Sergeant Victor Leeming, to investigate.

Suspects immediately emerge when the duo begin their investigations but, as is to
I have read most of the Railway Detective series. They are pleasant, but not earth shattering. I am surprised to see so many five stars however. Since that is the highest accolade it puts this book on a level it doesn't deserve and equal to other, far better, books. I have a couple of quibbles with this book. One is minor concerning Colbeck's father in law. He is said to have retired after a lifetime with the London & North Western Railway. Since the book is set in 1857 and that railway only ...more
Terri Lynn
I can't believe that it was only June 28 when I got my hands on the first book in this series The Railway Detective by Edward Marston after Goodreads recommended it to me and now here I am a month later having read 9 years worth of books in the series and feeling kind of blue because Marston only puts out a book in this series once a year and now I have to wait for a year to see if he writes another. Bah, humbug!

I enjoyed this book about Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck of Scotland Yard and his assistant Detective Sergeant Victor
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. Mr. Gervase Quinnell of the South Devon Railway contacts Scotland Yard for their assistance, and Superintendant Edward Tal ...more
Peter Auber
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Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his side-kick Sergeant Victor Lemming are at it again. Exeter St David’s respected stationmaster, Mr Joel Heygate, has been murdered and his body burned accidentally as part of Guy Fawkes Night celebrations. Robert needs to bring the killer to justice swiftly so he can get back to London and marry his patient fiancé Madeleine.

Robert and Victor are binary opposites – Robert is cultured, educated and well-dressed while Victor ha
Rog Harrison
This is the third book by this author which I have read. I actually found this more enjoyable than the other two. There are some interesting descriptions in this book and also several humorous interludes. There is also an unexpected twist at the end. Unfortunately I found the author's prose style pedestrian and his characterisation inconsistent.
Mr. Wilson
It is 1857. Joel Heygate is the popular stationmaster at Exeter St. David's railway station. So when the charred remains of a body are discovered in the embers of the town's annual Bonfire Night celebration, everyone is horrified to discover that they belong to Mr. Heygate.

Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant Victor Leeming are dispatched to Exeter with all the due haste, and quickly unearth a number of suspects. Bus as Colbeck closes in on the killer, he finds himself in mortal danger. Ca
Another wonderful adventure of Inspector Robert Colbeck which combines his investigations into the murder of the stationmaster of St David's, Exeter with the anxieties of the approach of his wedding day. Will he solve the case in time for his nuptials?
Inspector Colbeck is always a good stand-by for holiday reading. This rattles on at a fair old pace and the only distraction is the annoying father-in-law-to-he's dalliances.
A bit of a plod, followed by an ending that didn't really tie in very well with the clues throughout the book.
Sally Archer
A wonderful read so glad to see the Inspector and Maddy married at last with even Tallis at the ceremony.
Tracey Honeyman
First book I've read from the series and thoroughly enjoyed it. Its set in 1857 at Exeter St. David's Railway station. When the stationmaster is found dead Inspector Colbeck is called in from London to find his killer. Great twist at the end that I never saw coming. If you like whodunnits this a good book for you, although I would start at the beginning of the series as there are references to previous books within the text.
Stuart Graver
A good plot and resolution that continues this easily read and enjoyable series. Full of period detail and historical titbits that add to the journey. The irascible Tallis is rapidly becoming my favourite character and his relationship with Leeming always entertaining.
lastest in the railway detective series this takes colbeck and leeming to exeter where the popular stationmaster is found under a bonfire murdered, this tale has many twists and is quite a page turner , well worth reading
9th book in the railway detective series. Excellent. I hope he continues the series with a dozen or more books. They are great stories. Unpredictable and excelently written. Highly recommend this series!
Mary Scott
The 9th book in the series, and definitely one of the best. Usually I can work out who the murderer is, but not this time! A very good read.
This had a surprise ending, it really had me baffled as to who did the deed, not known until the final chapter.
Typical entry in the Inspector Colbeck series, though I found the side-plot with Colbeck's fiance repetitive.
Quick enjoyable read. Loved the train trivia. Nice little mystery for a Sunday afternoon...
Ram Kaushik
Very bland and disjointed. Wasn't particularly atmospheric or memorable.
Well, Robert Colbeck and Madeline finally got married. Enough said.
Dec 24, 2013 Gord added it
They finally got married !!!!
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