"The Mysterious Death on the Underground Railway" by Baroness Orczy: A murder is committed in full view of passengers, and yet nobody seems to be aware of the tragic incident.
"The Mysterious Railway Passenger" by Maurice Leblanc: A notorious villain dupes the police and escapes through his ingenuity and audacity.
"A Warning in Red" by Victor Whitechurch and E. Conway: A man's body is found on the railway line, but could not have been thrown out of the train as supposed by the police.
"The Mystery of the Sleeping Car Express" by Freeman Wills Crofts: A murderer escapes from a moving train with the victims and an innocent bystander locked inside their compartment.
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"These stories are engineered with old-fashioned craftsmanship. Patrick Malahide's marvelous range of voices adds to the pleasure." (Sunday Times)
I have long been a reader of Golden Age detective stories (Christie, Sayers, Marsh, Heyer, Allingham, and Crispin, to name a few) and bought this audio book to help me branch out beyond my well-known authors. Short stories from multiple authors seemed a logical choice.
I was not disappointed with the stories at all, but the audio book itself is an issue. The first story is prefaced with the title and author, but the other stories are not separated at all, which was rather disconcerting. The narration is quite excellent; it is only the lack of titles for the latter three stories that is a problem. And it certainly is not an insurmountable problem--the stories are complete and most enjoyable.
Other than the formatting issue, this is a great set of stories for branching out into more "classic" detective fiction. And, really, what could be more British than railway murders?
If you love the smell of snuff in your nostils and the clang of the railways iron against iron, you'll love this book, its rustic verbage fits wonderfully, right along with the deerstalker hat of Sherlock, and the rose pin of Periot. I could smell the tea, tabbacco and smug all the way from London 1902 to Chicago, 2004. Great reads.
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