Murder on the Brighton Express
This is the fifth book in the series which features Inspector Robert Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Leeming, and is set in October 1854. As with Edward Marston’s Christopher Redmayne series, which I read and enjoy, the Railway Detective series is light on history, although enough is given to capture a flavour of the period. The story concerns the tracking down of the man who deliberately derailed the Friday evening express to Brighton from London Bridge, killing twelve people. There are many believable suspects, and other crimes involving them are uncovered on the way to unmasking the main culprit.
Marston has a rather flat writing-style, but that does not detract from the interest of the story, which kept my attention throughout, as Colbeck and Leeming meet vastly different characters, from both ends of the social spectrum, as they use both tedious footwork and deductive reasoning to solve the crime.