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Kimberly Ann (auntie-nanuuq) | 753 comments The Circus Train Conspiracy (The Railway Detective #14) by Edward Marston

The Circus Train Conspiracy, Edward Marston



Not liking the major players in a book has a profound effect on me... I take away stars, in this case Minus 2 Stars for the too many unlikable characters and Minus 2 Star for the story itself, which was mostly all Red Herrings. One or two Red Herrings really enhance a murder mystery, but in this case the guilty parties (there were 3 mysteries) were not introduced until the summation of the book, making for all the alleged clues in the book misleading & false.

A circus train derails, but no one is hurt, the only loss being an Arabian horse. Immediately after the derailment, Jocko, the Capuchin (monkey) runs off into a copse of trees. When Jocko's human (a former policeman who has worked w/ Colbeck) finally catches up with Jocko he find the monkey waving the hand of a corpse, which turns out to be that of a widow who was very popular w/ the married men of her town.

At the behest of the local MP & police, Inspector Colbeck & Detective Leeming are sent off to determine who derailed the circus train and why; and to shed light on who was the corpse and how she came to be buried out in the countryside.

As the circus continues its way to the next town, it is plagued by ever increasing acts of sabotage and tempers fly as both Colbeck & Leeming are obliged to split their time between both crimes.

Meanwhile back in London, Colbeck's wife, Madeline, is providing shelter for a long-time friend who is being stalked.

There are no end of suspects (Red Herrings) and really no clues as to whom the criminals are. I really believe that Marston just pulled the bad guys out of nowhere in order to complete the story. As for the title: there was no "conspiracy" in the story.

Overall I was very disappointed with the story, thankfully neither Leeming nor Colbeck's father-in-law were given to as many fits of whining as in the past, that would have earned this book a Minus Star.


message 2: by Nicole R (new)

Nicole R (drnicoler) | 7784 comments You are not on a great streak....


message 3: by Anita (new)

Anita Pomerantz | 6755 comments Lol, somehow you need to get some better recommendations . . .this sounds Not Good.


message 4: by Nicole R (new)

Nicole R (drnicoler) | 7784 comments Anita wrote: "Lol, somehow you need to get some better recommendations . . .this sounds Not Good."

That is what I was thinking! lol. Someone is steering you wrong!


message 5: by Amy (new)

Amy | 9383 comments I too was noticing that you had a streak of one star reviews. We got to get you going girl!


message 6: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Ann (auntie-nanuuq) | 753 comments It began as a pretty good series: I have been reading this series for quite awhile, but I do believe this is the end....


message 7: by KateNZ (new)

KateNZ | 2672 comments We definitely need to get you some better book recommendations, lovely lady! You’ve had such a bad run!

#projectkimberley ;)

If you’re in the mood for mystery type books with interesting characters, but not too heavy, have you tried the Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood? Not Literature, but usually solid 3 star fun. Australian (1930s Melbourne, so with a nice sense of place), very cheerful and a delightfully stylish and dashing heroine.


message 8: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Ann (auntie-nanuuq) | 753 comments KateNZ wrote: "We definitely need to get you some better book recommendations, lovely lady! You’ve had such a bad run!

#projectkimberley ;)

If you’re in the mood for mystery type books with interesting chara..."


LOL! Thank-you:

I read All of them & even watched the t.v. series.... I ♥ Phryne.

In fact when I worked at the Library I made sure to buy all of that series for the mystery collection!


message 9: by KateNZ (new)

KateNZ | 2672 comments Yay! The TV series is great isn’t it - the clothes, the hats ... {swoon}. And Jack is a darling.


message 10: by Kimberly (last edited Jun 13, 2018 04:29PM) (new)

Kimberly Ann (auntie-nanuuq) | 753 comments KateNZ wrote: "Yay! The TV series is great isn’t it - the clothes, the hats ... {swoon}. And Jack is a darling."

Jack, well he isn't what I had imagined... but it works. Two things I didn't like: when the creep from her past came back (I don't remember him in the books--maybe I erased him) and I don't like her father either.....

But apart from that I loved the series.... so very much better than the one Diana Rigg was in: Mrs. Adela Bradley. I think what I didn't like was the clothing, so tacky attempting to be chic.....

Mrs. Bradley has nothing on the Hon. Phryne!


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