The Excursion Train
This second novel in the Detective Inspector Colbeck mysteries is now in reprint with a splendidly eye-catching new cover. Robert Colbeck is once again asked to solve a crime involving the railways. No wonder they’re starting to call him the Railway Detective down at the yard. This time it’s the seemingly motiveless murder of a passenger on a crowded excursion train. Odd then that the chosen weapon should be a noose. All too soon it transpires the murdered man was a public hangman. At least motive is no longer an issue; indeed quite the reverse. Now the chase is on to find the murderer, a chase which involves the solution of quite another mystery altogether. The bluff Edward Tallis and brisk Victor Leeming once again play their parts in chasing down the criminal, as does the redoubtable Madeleine Andrews. Relationships flourish in this the second outing, and as the plot proceeds the reader is treated to fascinating insights into the main characters. Charmingly written, thoroughly researched, and a most enjoyable follow-up to the first in the series. I for one can’t wait to read number three.