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The Railway Viaduct (The Railway Detective #3)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  270 ratings  ·  35 reviews
As a train speeds over the Sankey Viaduct, the dead body of a man is hurled into the canal below. Inspector Robert Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Leeming take on the most difficult case they have yet faced. Hampered by the fact that the corpse has nothing on him to indicate his identity, they are baffled until a young woman comes forward to explain that the murder victim, Gas...more
Hardcover, 269 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Allison & Busby (first published 2006)
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Kate Millin
Whilst I find the historical interjections interesting they are also a little stilted and don't always help the story. The story, however, is well though out and interesting. It was a good read, and I am looking forward to reading others in the series.

As a train speeds over the Sankey Viaduct, the dead body of a man is hurled into the canal below. Inspector Robert Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Leeming take charge of their most complex and difficult case yet. Hampered by the fact that the corpse ha...more
Ali


A man is thrown from a moving train as it crosses a viaduct, and an artist captures the moment. This is the exciting start of the latest case for Robert Colbeck. The third in the Railway destective sereies sees Robert Colbeck spending part of his investigation in France, among the railway engineers, while his trusty sergeant Victor Leeming tries to infiltrate a violent group of Irish navvies that are suspected of sabotage. Me meet Madeline Andrews and her father again, although they don't play s...more
Peter Auber
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Irene
I love this series of books Inspector Robert Colbeck as the enthusiastic train detective is a character that I find believeable and as there is no bad language to contend with its refreshing. He is ably assisted by his sergeant Leeming who is not a train lover, I also like the way the series develops his relationship with Madeleine Andrews again its a series I would recommend to readers who like the period of the early steam trains
Marie
Heavens to Murgatroyd...I grudgingly give this book two stars rather than one, simply based on the fact that as a murder mystery it does have that push and pull that compels one to keep turning the pages. Other than that, though, this really was the most incredible tosh. The author appears to be unfamiliar with the period in question (1850s England), its manners, its social hierarchies and customs, and its forms of speech. Three examples will suffice: director's wives did not invite train driver...more
Stephen
in the mould of holmes and watson are colbeck and leeming enjoyable victorian style crime book
Graham Tapper
This is the third in Marston's "The Railway Detective" series, featuring Insp Robert Colbeck and his colleague, Sergeant Victor Leeming, of the nascent Scotland Yard pain-clothes crime investigation force. Like many police detective stories, our hero has not only to battle against criminals but also against internal interference and incompetence, in Colbeck's case in the form of his immediate superior, Supt Tallis.

Colbeck became associated with the resolution of a robbery on the railways in the...more
Terri Lynn
I am madly in love with this series set in 1850's England featuring Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck of Scotland Yard and his faithful sergeant Victor Leeming.

In this third book of the series, the body of a French engineer is tossed off of a train as it passes over the Sankey Viaduct . Gaston Chabal had been on his way to meet his married lover (he was himself married to a girl only 16 or 17 in Paris) , a wealthy woman he took up with to get her husband to invest in the railway being built by...more
P.d.r. Lindsay
My husband, who loves railways, pounced on this book. He read it three times and raved. 'Wonderful,' he said, 'marvellous story and the railway details are great.' He has ordered the previous two books in the series. I think that would be the standard reaction to this book. It's a good read. Edward Marston has been producing several different series for years, and if you like a well written, plain and simple tale, these books are for you. He’s a solid and reliable writer, one men and boys partic...more
Emma
This started off really well - I liked the eccentric artist at the beginning but I thought the crime soon got overshadowed by the descriptions of the Irish navvies working on the railway. It was as if the author got caught up painting his own vivid picture of these characters and what the times were like then and forgot that there was a crime to solve until the last chapter. I liked the fact that Brendan Mulryne came back and that Leeming got a chance to shine for once but the frequent interrupt...more
Jules Jones
Another Victorian era police procedural set in the early days of the railways. This time Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming are called in to investigate a murder on the Sankey Viaduct, but their hunt for the murderer takes them to the construction site for a new railway line in France. The construction company is British, but the navvies come from all over Europe, adding a new dimension to the problems of investigating murder.[return][return]I thought the first book in this series suffered f...more
Megan Kelosiwang
A nice read with nothing terribly exciting or dreadfully boring. I think this is the kind of series that you read in bulk and get invested in the people over time. I'm quite happy to ready some more of Edward Marston if it comes along.
Jill Hutchinson
The third book in the series of the Railway Detective. Usually set in England when the railroad was becoming the major mode of transportation, the majority of this story takes place in France where an English contractor and his group of Irish navvies are building a new rail line. One of the contractor's design engineers is murdered and Inspector Colbeck and his faithful assistant Leeming are on the trail, moving between England and France to solve the mystery. This is pretty light reading but is...more
Linda Clark
Another very enjoyable read.
Mr. Wilson
I enjoyed this book just as much as the other Edward Marston Railway Detective books I have had the pleasure of reading.
Richard
This is the third of the Railway Detective series and each one has got better as you get used to the characters. The book is fairly short at just over 200 e pages, but there is no waffle, just good storytelling. It does help if you like detectives, trains and historical novels, but it's not essential. I often turn to this type of book after reading a long, sometimes complex book and it's a real tonic. Long live the railway detective. I hope there are many more to come.
Steven
Quite an interestingly convoluted historical mystery built around the English and French railway systems. The focus is less on the mystery and the fairly standard cast of mystery characters than other historical elements, including the place that railway navvies occupied as the football hooligans of the time. Initially I didn't think this was going to be all that interesting, but soon got caught up in it, enough so that I'll look for more in this series.
Kathryn
I started the Railway Detective series last year and enjoyed getting to know Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and Madeline Andrews and her father. I enjoy the settings of the books and the growing relationships, and this third in the series didn't disappoint. Looking forward to continuing on with The Iron Horse at some point.
Vicki
Edward Marston's Railway Detective books are thoroughly enjoyable mainly because the main characters are so likeable and easy to get along with, with the possible exception of Mr Tallis!

Jeanne
i started this mystery series a few years ago and picked this next one up recently. it was a slow starter but then i really enjoyed it. will continue the series
Sharon
Could have been good- but I was disappointed with all the strong language. There was no need to use the f-word that many times in a Victorian era mystery.
Leah
not as good as the first two, hopefully the next one is better. Language warning....I guess it's true to what railroad workers use, but be warned.
Sue
I'm warming to this series (this is number 3). Very quirky and easy to read. Recommended if you like railways, history and crime thrillers.
Ruth
Enjoyable 'tec yarn in a series about the Victorian "Railway Detective". Well done settings and a suitably whodunit storyline.
Pat
Another good one by Marston. I do like the lead character and his right hand man.
Homerun2
A very nice 3.5 star series. Unique setting, characters and plot. Nice historical notes.
Ipswichblade
Love this series, nice and easy to read but always godd plots that keep you interested
Richard
Body tossed off train is a Frenchman. Building a railroad in France.
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Bonnie
Full of history and setting, style a bit stilted but I like it.
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A pseudonym used by Keith Miles
AKA A.E. Marston

Keith Miles (born 1940) is an English author, who writes under his own name and also historical fiction and mystery novels under the pseudonym Edward Marston. He is known for his mysteries set in the world of Elizabethan theate...more
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