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The Man on the Train

(Angela Marchmont Mystery #0.5)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  341 ratings  ·  20 reviews
The Man on the Train is a prequel to the Angela Marchmont mysteries and can be read without fear of spoilers!

October 1925: On finding herself stuck in a small town in Illinois following floods on the railway line, Angela Marchmont falls in with a vaudeville company and helps a young man accused of theft prove his innocence.

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Kindle Edition, 52 pages
Published February 12th 2018 by Mount Street Press

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Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it

I was happy to come across this AM story since finishing the entire series left me in withdrawal that it was all over. It was interesting to see how she came to have William as her driver.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a delicious surprise to see this novella available this morning! I am a huge fan of the Angela Marchmont series and this was another gem by Clara Benson! A lovely prequel to the series I love so much! I still live in the hope that Ms. Benson will change her mind and give the rabid Angela fans another full book one day, but these little surprise novellas help assuage the pain of the loss very much! ❤️
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A short, fast-paced mystery that's perfect for when you have an hour of 'me' time to spend reading, or you are commuting to work (and not driving).
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful, charming treat! I made my peace with not having any new full-length novels about Mrs. Marchmont, but these novellas are a great way to fill the void (as well as the excellent Freddy series). If you know what I’m talking about, you will smile like a fool when you find out what this story is really about. If you don’t, you’re in for a treat. The resolution of the mystery may not be too unexpected, but it’s the characters that make this a great series.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short story prequel to the Angela Marchmont murder mystery series. Fans should read several of the books in the series first to get full benefit of this exercise in giving some backstory to how Angela engaged her trusty chauffeur, always so useful for acrobatic entry or to get the inside story from a doe-eyed upstairs maid. A quick and enjoyable read in that context.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
As noted in the blurb this is a short. Angela Marchmont is a Miss Marple type, but more worldly, I'd say. I've not read other books in this series, but I have at least one in my kindle library. I enjoyed this quite a bit, especially considering its length. A quick read but very satisfying.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
October 1925, Illinois. Angela Marchmont helps a man, William Tibbs, accused of theft. Believing him to be innocent of the theft of $3000 from the owner of a vaudeville troop that William belongs to.
An enjoyable well-written short mystery
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Always fun

I have read all of the Angela Marchmont books and enjoyed them for light reading. This short story is a good introduction to the character or for those who already know her.
Pauline Ross
A charming short story, a prequel to the Angela Marchmont series, with a small but perfectly formed mystery to solve, and an introduction to one of my favourite side characters in the series. A most enjoyable five stars.
Sherry Cross
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

This little short story seems to be the prequel to all the Angela Marchmont Mystery series, and it tells us how she came to hire William as her driver., while solving the mystery of The Man on the Train.
Pat henson
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting read and an unexpected ending .

This is the first encounter with Angela and it is a mystery of characters with marvelous description . The dreary weather lends itself to the atmosphere of the setting . An unexpected ending makes it all the more fun to read . Enjoy
Diane Vincent Halas
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice little tale

Sharply drawn characters especially given the novelette form. well written as usual. And_ I didn't guess who did it! Quick read and fun.
Molly Brown
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun read

Quick short read with a few surprising twists.. Interesting enough to keep me engaged and guessing for most of it.
Kimberly D
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it

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Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it

gives a sense of where Angela comes from. is william her chauffeur in the UK, can’t remember. quick 30 min, pleasant read.
Page Fischer
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great Mystery

You can picture yourself being in the story, by Clara Bensons discription of the timeframe, environment, historical elements and the characters.
Margot M. Gregory
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great little short story

Great little short story. I enjoy reading about Angela’s adventures very much.
I would recommend these stories to adults and teens.
D Kowalczyk
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Too short!

I enjoy Ms. Benson's writing. This short story was entertaining and kept me guessing! It was just far too short for me!!
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was short, but interesting. It is set in America and happens before the series begins. It sets the stage for her investigations.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
It is 1925, and Angela Marchmont is traveling via train to Chicago. Due to inclement weather, the tracks are flooded, and when the train stops near a small town in Indiana, a young man hides in Angela’s train car. Acting on impulse, Angela hides the young man, William Tibbs, from the police as they search the train. William has been accused of the theft of a large sum of money from the manager of the vaudeville company for which he works, but he maintains his innocence. While the tracks remain f ...more
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Clara Benson is the author of the Angela Marchmont Mysteries and Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventures - traditional English whodunits in authentic style set in the 1920s and 30s. One day she would like to drink cocktails and solve mysteries in a sequinned dress and evening gloves. In the meantime she lives in the north of England with her family and doesn't do any of those things.

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