The Railway Detective
The first novel in the Detective Inspector Colbeck Mysteries has a handsome new cover in honour of its reprint. 1851: the Great Exhibition is soon to open, interest in railways running high, and Detective Inspector Colbeck is faced with a double challenge. In a neatly executed attack upon the London-to-Birmingham railway line, a mail train is robbed and derailed. Serious injury results. Someone clearly does not care for the new transport system sweeping the face of the English countryside and changing it forever. Colbeck must act and find the perpetrator fast, before both the railway company and the relatively new Detective section of Scotland Yard lose too much face. Under pressure from his disapproving superior, the Superintendent of the Yard Edward Tallis, Colbeck cannot afford to fail. Soon Colbeck encounters the daughter of the injured railway driver, Madeleine Andrews. And the pace quickens.
Known as the dandy of Scotland Yard, Colbeck is charming, intelligent and cultured. His able assistant Sergeant Victor Leeming is the perfect foil: a working man of sound common sense principles and brisk no-nonsense approach.
A thoroughly enjoyable Victorian crime novel, a must for aficionados. For the general reader in search of fresh entertainment, and well worth reading.