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The Railway Viaduct by Edward Marston

The Railway Viaduct (2006)

by Edward Marston

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A lively story about interesting times; early railways in England and France. The second installment in a good series ( )
  jamespurcell | Mar 7, 2018 |
The Railway Viaduct starts off with an artist painting a ground's eye view of the Sankey Viaduct when a train passes over it and a man's body falls from a car into the water. Railway Detective Robert Colbeck is tasked to solve the murder. His investigations take him and his crew of quirky co-workers across the channel to France, where a British entrepreneur is expanding that country's rail lines, and employing a huge crew of Irish migrant workers to do so. As Colbeck gets closer to the solution, he discovers that the fate of the man on the train is linked to much larger matters.

Meanwhile, maverick Irish police officer Brendan Mulryne must prove himself to a haughty, distrusting superior and, in his free time, Colbeck pursues his relationship with Madeleine Andrews by asking her to help him get closer to one of the suspects. But as he pursues the viaduct murderer, he also courts increasing danger.

This is the third book in the Victorian era Railway Detective series. The characters are well written and interesting. I enjoy reading historical mysteries set in the Victorian period. I've learned quite a bit about trains as well. I definitely plan to read the other books in this enjoyable series.
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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
The Railway Viaduct (The Railway Detective #3) by Edward Marston – The third Railway Detective book presents a complex story that begins with Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Leeming trying to solve the murder of a Frenchman named Gaston Chabal, whose body had been hurled from a train into a canal in Britain. Colbeck quickly discovers that Chabal had been an engineer working on an important rail line expansion in France. The investigation takes Colbeck and Leeming to France where the murder investigation becomes linked to criminals that are trying to stop construction of the rail line. Both Colbeck and Leeming suffer vicious attacks during this investigation. It’s an interesting story that provides much information about the hard-working and hard-living 19th Century railroad workers. I liked this book very much. ( )
  clark.hallman | Jan 14, 2016 |
When the dead body of an unidentified man is flung from a train as it crosses Sankey Viaduct, the railway operators quickly call in Robert Colbeck of Scotland Yard. His previous successes at solving crimes connected with rail travel have earned him the nickname “The Railway Detective”. This time Colbeck's investigation will take him to France, where a British contractor is constructing a new rail line for the French.

This book's plot feels forced. The author seems more interested in providing readers with a detailed history of railway engineering than in constructing a detailed puzzle for readers to solve along with the fictional detective. The detective is becoming more obnoxious in each subsequent novel in the series. I believe I'll stop with this one. ( )
  cbl_tn | Oct 18, 2015 |
I wasn't sure if I'd like this but it was a fascinating history lesson about the development of the railways across Europe and the pivotal role Britain paid, especially Thomas Brassey who built a third of the French railways in the mid-nineteenth century and Thomas Crampton who designed and built many of the locomotives. I was unaware of either so I enjoyed learning some industrial history and the plot was almost incidental to my enjoyment. The novel is well researched and plotted and involves Brassey as a key character as he is building one of his many French railways. Essentially it is a murder mystery and owes much to simmering English distrust of the French who they had beaten not many years previously at Waterloo. Recommended for anyone enjoys a good plot built on historical fact. ( )
  edwardsgt | Jul 16, 2013 |
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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 has nothing on him to indicate his identity, they are baffled until a young woman comes forward to explain that the murder victim, Gaston Chabal, is an engineer, working on a major rail link in France. As the case takes on an international dimension, problems accumulate. The detectives wonder if the murder is connected to a series of vicious attacks on the rail link that is being built by British navvies under the direction of a British construction engineer. Colbeck and Leeming have to survive personal danger, resistance from the French government, broadsides from their Superintendent, and many other setbacks before they solve the crime.

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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 cases yet.

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