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    • The Excursion Train

    • Railway Detective, Book 2
    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    On the shocking discovery of a passenger's body on the Great Western Railway excursion train, Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant, Sergeant Victor Leeming, are dispatched to the scene. Faced with what initially appears to be a motiveless murder, Colbeck is intrigued by the murder weapon - a noose. When it emerges that the victim had worked as a public executioner, Colbeck realises that this must be intrinsically linked to the killer's choice of weapon.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Greatly entertaining!

    • By Kathi on 08-18-13

    Regular price: $18.33

    • Fugitive from the Grave

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    1817. Upon receiving a letter from an old family friend, Clemency van Emden returns from Holland to find her father dead. She refuses to believe the middle-aged man died of natural causes, and the suspicious circumstances of his life during the past few months compel her to ask Peter and Paul Skillen for help. Why would a successful engineer suddenly begin begging for alms on the streets? Had he refused to ask for help, or was he prevented from doing so? 

    Regular price: $21.81

    • A Christmas Railway Mystery

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    December 1860. Headed for the morning shift at the Swindon Locomotive Works is an army of men pouring out of terraced houses built by the GWR, a miniature town and planned community that aims to provide for its employees from cradle to grave. Unfortunately, boilersmith Frank Rodman is headed for the grave sooner than he'd expected, or he will be once his missing head is found. Colbeck, the Railway Detective, finds his investigation into Rodman's murder mired in contradictions. 

    Regular price: $22.57

    • Signal for Vengeance

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Nick McArdle
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    1860, Wimborne, Dorset. Rebecca Tullidge, miserably married to her callous husband, is having an affair with a railway officer, John Bedloe. Much to her distress, she trips over her lover's dead body on the railway tracks. Determined to win votes for the upcoming election of mayor, Mr Feltham calls for Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Lemming to solve the hideous crime, which takes longer than anticipated.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not great

    • By JOHN on 05-19-18

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Instrument of Slaughter

    • Home Front Detective, Book 2
    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffith
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Inspector Marmion and Sergeant Keedy are assigned to the case when the body of a young conscientious objector is found bludgeoned to death. Public sympathy is lukewarm for conscientious objectors with some people even claiming that a "conchie" deserves to die if he won't fight for his King and Country. As the detectives identify one suspect, others pop up in the most unexpected places. Everyone speaks well of Ablatt but is he really the saint they describe?

    Regular price: $16.31

    • Under Attack

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    June 1917. While German Gotha bombers raid London from above, a man's body is fished from the Thames below. The man had been garrotted and his tongue cut out, and as the killer has taken care to remove identifying items, Detective Inspector Marmion and Sergeant Keedy struggle to name the victim before they can begin properly with their investigation. The list of suspects grows ever longer, and as Marmion wrangles with the case, he and his family must also contend with their anxieties for his now-missing son. The interminable presence of war and pitched battles between rival gangs suggest the Home Front is more insecure than ever before.

    Regular price: $22.57

    • The Silent Woman

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    When fire destroys their London theatre, Lord Westfield’s players must seek out humbler venues in the countryside. But company manager Nicholas Bracewell is distracted by a shocking tragedy: a mysterious messenger from his native Devon is murdered by poison. Though the messenger is silenced, Nicholas understands what he must do: Return to his birthplace and reconcile some unfinished business of the past.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Trickery, treachery, murder, thieves, plague...

    • By Kathi on 07-05-14

    Regular price: $23.34

    • A Bespoke Murder

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 27

    May 1915. With thousands of Britons fighting in the trenches, a severely depleted police force remains behind to keep the Home Front safe. Scotland Yard is already overstretched when the sinking of the Lusitania sparks an unprecedented wave of anti-German riots and arson attacks. Among the victims is the immigrant tailor Jacob Stein, found dead in his burnt-out shop.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very Disappointed in New Series

    • By Judith A. Weller on 07-18-13

    Regular price: $15.48

    • Date with the Executioner

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    1817. Dawn breaks on a summer's day in Chalk Farm, London, and the scene is set for a duel between a lady's two ardent admirers. Paul Skillen has been teaching Mark Bowerman how to shoot properly and, although he is not sanguine of his chances, stands as his second. Although the duel is broken up, the passions behind the duel seem to spill out into the full light of day when one of the two duellists is found dead, shot between the eyes.

    Regular price: $22.57

    • The Counterfeit Crank

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Nicholas Bracewell befriends a young beggar who is trying to eke out a living as a counterfeit crank, pretending to have spectacular epileptic fits in order to get money from gullible bystanders. When the beggar is murdered inside Bridewell, Nicholas has to pose as a beggar himself in order to get inside the notorious institution so that he can solve the crime. Counterfeiting of all kinds is exposed.

    Regular price: $31.08

    • Steps to the Gallows

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    A scurrilous newspaper has built up a large following by publishing details of political and sexual scandals. It is remarkably well informed and has therefore created a whole host of enemies. When the editor is killed and the printing press smashed to bits, the Invisible Detectives are hired by the man who financed the production of the paper. He wants the killer brought to justice and the scandal sheet revived.

    Regular price: $21.37

    • The Silver Locomotive Mystery

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    An exquisite silver coffee-pot in the shape of a locomotive is on its way to Cardiff in the care of silversmith, Hugh Kellow. When the coffee-pot is stolen and a murder is committed, Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming are called in to investigate.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun when you need a light read with good mystery

    • By Kathi on 07-04-14

    Regular price: $16.52

    • Dance of Death

    • The Home Front Detective Series
    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    London, Autumn 1916. When he slips out of a house in the early hours, Simon Wilder is too preoccupied to realise that he is being stalked. As he walks along the street, lights begin to dim as a warning that there's another Zeppelin attack. British aeroplanes attack the Zeppelin. Suddenly, it bursts into flame and lights up the whole sky. The crowds cheer as the great fireball drops slowly down and crashes in a field but the one person unable to watch is Simon Wilder.

    Regular price: $20.65

    • Shadow of the Hangman

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    It's 1815. Peter and Paul Skillen, identical twins and fearless thief catchers, stalk all who dare to walk in the shadow of the hangman. When they catch a notorious burglar, they claim a handsome reward and infuriate the Bow Street Runners, who believe they have a monopoly on policing in the capital. Home Secretary Viscount Sidmouth faces a crisis.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Horrible. Unless you like British drool.

    • By Jeff on 09-10-15

    Regular price: $22.80

    • The Devil's Apprentice

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Faced with the austerities of a bitterly cold English winter, the theatre is deserted, and Westfield’s Men find themselves out of work. Fortuitously, the company is invited to perform at a country home in Essex - welcome news to the disgruntled players. The company decides it's the perfect opportunity to trial their new play, The Witch of Colchester. However, when the group's leading actor begins to fall mysteriously ill, the company fear witchcraft might be involved.

    Regular price: $23.34

    • Soldier of Fortune

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Christopher Oxford
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Capitan Daniel Rawson is a soldier, spy, linguist and ladies' man. Whether he is extracting valuable intelligence from the wife of a French general or leading his men in a Forlorn Hope, Rawson is a man on whom the Duke of Marlborough can always rely. Seething with intrigue and packed with swashbuckling heroics, the novel follows the Confederate army on the long, perilous trek across Europe to meet the French and their allies at the ferocious battle of Blenheim.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Trite story line.

    • By Gerald D. Johnson on 10-17-15

    Regular price: $31.19

    • Murder on the Brighton Express

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    When the engines finally met, there was a deafening clash and the Brighton Express twisted and buckled, tipping its carriages on to the other line. It was a scene of utter devastation. October 1854. As crowds of passengers rush to make the departure of the London to Brighton Express, a man watches from the shadows nearby, grimly satisfied as the train pulls out of the station. Chaos, fatalities and unbelievable destruction are the scene soon after when the train derails on the last leg of its journey.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous Narrator

    • By Virginia Waldron on 08-30-10

    Regular price: $17.76

    • The Enemy Within

    • Home Front Detective, Book 6
    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Pentonville Prison. Wally Hibbert is serving a long sentence for arson. But after befriending and tricking one of the officers, Hibbert makes an audacious escape. Inspector Marmion, the detective who arrested Hibbert, is warned to watch his back, but it seems that Hibbert has another target in his murderous sights. However, the investigation is mired in confusion, and the identities of killer and victim become increasingly ambiguous.

    Regular price: $22.06

    • The Frost Fair

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Glen McCready
    • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    December 1669. During one of the coldest winters in living memory, the Thames freezes over, and a frost fair is held on the thick ice. Architect Christopher Redmayne and puritanical constable Jonathan Bale are both visiting the fair when one of Bale's sons gets into trouble on the ice. They rescue the boy but in the process make a grim discovery - a frozen corpse....

    Regular price: $22.27

    • Deeds of Darkness

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    In June 1916 a young woman is found dead in a cinema. Harvey Marmion and Joe Keedy are assigned the task of finding the killer who fled in the dark. Before long two more victims, of striking similarity but differing backgrounds, are found dead around the city. Meanwhile, miles from home, Marmion's son, Paul, prepares for life on the front line as he marches towards the Battle of the Somme.

    Regular price: $22.10

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