The Excursion Train

The Excursion Train

Book - 2005
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Set in 19th century England, a bustling crowd boards the Great Western Railway Excursion train on their way to an illegal championship fight in Maidenhead. As the rowdiness of the crowd increases, the train's guard fears "for the safety of his rolling stock". The last thing he expects to find is the brutal murder of one of his passengers, Jake Bransby. Once the shocking discovery of the body is made, Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant Inspector Leeming, are called to the scene. Faced with what initially appears to be a motiveless murder Colbeck is perplexed by the murder weapon, a noose -- until he later discovers Bransby previously worked as a public executioner. However, the more he delves into the case the more mysterious it seems to become. After a second death by noose takes place Colbeck knows he must act quickly. Can he catch the murderer before more lives are lost? Rich in historical detail The Excursion Train will hold you captivated from beginning to end.
Publisher: London : Allison & Busby, 2005.
ISBN: 9780749083922
Characteristics: 270 p.


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Jan 04, 2018

In this second volume in the Inspector Colbeck series, the author has packed more suspects and motives into this crime thriller for a more engaging read.

Jul 06, 2014

Take a train bound for an illegal prize fight, too much drink taken, and a hot day and bad things are likely to happen. Robert Colbeck's assistant, Victor Leeming, never does get to see the fight, but he is invaluable in helping Colbeck untangle the untoward events of the excursion. Good character development and setting and a good sense of humor.

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