Railway to the Grave, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Yorkshire 1855. When Colonel Aubrey Tarleton walks into the path of a speeding train, he is crushed to death on the track. The famous Railway Detective, Inspector Robert Colbeck, is immediately put on the case to determine why such a well-respected man would have resorted to suicide.

Tarleton's wife had recently gone missing, but was the colonel responsible for her disappearance?

It's up to Colbeck and his trusty sergeant Victor Leeming to uncover the truth.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical mysteries
  • ISBN: 9780749009311

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The wife of Colonel Aubrey Tarleton has disappeared and is feared dead. One day,soon after this the Colonel sets out and calmly walks along the railway line in the path of a fast-moving train with predictable results. Inspector Robert Colbeck is sent to investigate these unfortunate events. As with most of this series,this is a readable and reasonably interesting story. It is also rather pedestrian and for the most part fairly predictable. If you have nothing better to do to pass a few hours you might do worse than pass them with this tale.

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I enjoyed the easy flow of this book, may read more by this author.

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Inspector Robert Colbeck, the hero of Edward Marston's Railway Detective mystery series, does his best work in "Railway to the Grave" detecting who didn't kill Miriam Tarleton, not who did.In this otherwise excellent seventh entry in the series, published in 2010, Colbeck gets called in when Colonel Aubrey Tarleton, Miriam's husband, takes a stroll right into the path of an oncoming train. Tarleton was a close friend of Superintendent Tallis, Colbeck's boss, who wants his man not only to solve the mystery of the strange suicide and the missing wife but also to prove that Tarleton was of sound mind at the time, that he did not kill his wife and that, in fact, the Tarletons were a happily married couple. It's a big job, made all the more difficult when Tallis, at first, insists upon leading the investigation. Only when their ill-tempered superior returns to London can Colbeck and his associate, Sgt. Victor Leeming, get down to the business of discovering what really happened.The climax of this enjoyable murder mystery proves disappointing when Colbeck is simply handed a package of letters discovered by a maid that reveal a previously unknown motive for murder, and these letters lead to a quick confession. A reader wants fictional detectives to work a little harder than this to solve perplexing cases.Yet Colbeck does shine in dismissing three other suspects, all which whom Leeming is ready to slip the handcuffs on. Colbeck deduces that while they may be guilty of other crimes and other sins, none of them killed Mrs. Tarleton.The novel is filled with interesting characters, most of whom have something to hide, and interesting subplots, including one of Colbeck trying to work up the nerve to tell Tallis of his plans to be married. With a satisfying solution to the mystery, this book would have been top-notch.