Murder on the Brighton Express, Paperback Book
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When the engines finally met, there was a deafening clash and the Brighton Express twisted and buckled, tipping its carriages on to the other line.

It was a scene of utter devastation. October 1854. As crowds of passengers rush to make the departure of the London to Brighton Express, a man watches from the shadows nearby - Chaos, fatalities and unbelievable destruction are the scene soon after when the train derails just outside the Balcombe Tunnel.

Could it simply be a case of driver error? Detective Inspector Colbeck thinks not. But digging deep to discover the intended target of the accident takes time, something Colbeck doesn't have as the killer prepares to strike again.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby
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  • Category: Historical mysteries
  • ISBN: 9780749079147

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Excitement on the London-Brighton line in the mid-19th century when a train is derailed. The railway inspectorate believes it to be an accident; our hero DI Colbeck thinks not. The plot moves at a leisurely pace, unlike Colbeck and his sergeant who shuttle backwards and forwards between London and Brighton. For most of the book it is not obvious who is the victim nor who is the perpetrator, which makes for interesting reading. A fascinating tale set in slower-paced times.

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Fifth in this series of Victorian 'Railway Detective' crime novels.A passenger train running from London to Brighton crashes during the journey,with several passengers loosing their lives and many others being injured. Is it a terrible accident or a deliberate act of indiscriminate murder.Inspector Robert Colbeck assisted by his train-fearing Sergeant investigate. Their task is not made easier by the opposition of Captain Ridgeon,Inspector General of Railways,who has his own ideas of what happened and does not appreciate the appearance of Colbeck on the scene.The fact that there were two well-known local citizens on the train at the time of the crash clouds the water somewhat and when a couple of assassination attempts are made on one of them, Colbeck has his hands full trying to bring the culprit to justice.Marston evokes the Victorian era well and this particular story is generally fast moving. At one point I thought 'hang about - this smacks a little too much of Bill Sykes and Nancy,the tart with a heart - from Oliver . I also thought that the solution was a little unlikely.Overall however a good if undemanding read.

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