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  • Murder on the Brighton Express | Edward Marston

    Murder on the Brighton Express

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Virginia Waldron says: "Fabulous Narrator"
  • A Ticket to Oblivion: The Railway Detective Series | Edward Marston

    A Ticket to Oblivion: The Railway Detective Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Nick McArdle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Young Imogen Burnhope and her maid board a non-stop train to Oxford but they never arrive. All the passengers alight but the two women seem to have vanished into thin air. Is it a simple case of a run away? Or is there a more sinister, larger conspiracy at work? The Railway Detective must unravel the mystifying web of their disappearance before they vanish into oblivion for good.

    Charles says: "Another great Railway Detective story"
  • Signal for Vengeance | Edward Marston

    Signal for Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Nick McArdle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

  • The Iron Horse: Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck | Edward Marston

    The Iron Horse: Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (31)
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    (25)
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    Derby Day at Epsom Downs and a multitude of people crowd to watch the races: dukes and dustmen, bishops and beggars, privileged ladies and prostitutes. The gamut of Victorian society, though, is also a hotbed for crime and crooks of all kinds. With the country a-flutter in the run-up to this national occasion, events reach fever pitch when a disembodied head is discovered on a passenger train at Crewe; the first in a murky course of events that takes in murder, fraud and race-fixing.

    Virginia Waldron says: "Beautifully Narrated"
  • The Silent Woman | Edward Marston

    The Silent Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
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    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.

    Kathi says: "Trickery, treachery, murder, thieves, plague..."
  • The Stationmaster's Farewell | Edward Marston

    The Stationmaster's Farewell

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (12)
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    (12)

    Guy Fawkes Night, 1857. Joel Heygate is the popular stationmaster at Exeter St David's railway station - an impressive figure of a man replete with frock coat and top hat, bushy eyebrows and walrus moustache. But when the charred remains of a body are discovered in the embers of the town's annual Bonfire Night celebration, everyone is horrified when it becomes clear that they belong to Mr Heygate.

  • Peril on the Royal Train | Edward Marston

    Peril on the Royal Train

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Nick McArdle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The route of the Caledonian Railway through the Scottish countryside is disrupted by a fatal crash. Inspector Robert Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Leeming are called from the crime of London to investigate, and must contend with the old enemy Superintendent Rory McTurk to uncover the criminals behind the disaster. The motive for the crash is unclear, with suspects including the North British Railway, a group of sabbatarians and those with vendettas to enact.

    Charles says: "Another great Railway Detective story"
  • The Excursion Train: Railway Detective, Book 2 | Edward Marston

    The Excursion Train: Railway Detective, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Kathi says: "Greatly entertaining!"
  • Timetable of Death | Edward Marston

    Timetable of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Nick McArdle
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    Eighteen fifty-nine, St. Mary’s Church, Sponden. A little girl playing hide-and-seek jumps into a freshly dug grave to find a dead man already occupying it. It is the body of Cecile Norton, a senior director of the Midland Railway. Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming travel to Derbyshire to investigate.

    JOHN says: "HOLDS YOUR ATTENTION"
  • Inspector Colbeck's Casebook | Edward Marston

    Inspector Colbeck's Casebook

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Nick McArdie
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    In this thrilling selection of short stories, a young porter is found dead in a coal tub; Colbeck devises a trap to catch a thief; and a burnt train carriage holds a gruesome secret in a small coastal village. As Colbeck and his trusty aide Sergeant Victor Leeming begin to piece together clues and motives for each crime, it becomes clear the pair must stay a step ahead of the culprits to solve the cases. With a new suspect at every turn, can the duo unearth the villains?

  • Date with the Executioner | Edward Marston

    Date with the Executioner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    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.

  • The Railway Viaduct | Edward Marston

    The Railway Viaduct

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    The Railway Detective faces his most dangerous adversary yet. It is 1852, and Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant Sergeant Victor Leeming are faced with their most complex and difficult case to date. As a train speeds over the Sankey Viaduct, a man is hurled from a carriage and plummets into the canal below. It later transpires that he has been stabbed to death. With no papers by which to identify the man, the detectives' investigation is hampered from the start. Suspecting that the victim may have come from continental Europe, Colbeck and Leeming take the case to France where a new railway is being built by a British contractor.

  • A Bespoke Murder | Edward Marston

    A Bespoke Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Joy Easton says: "Scotland Yard puzzles me in this book"
  • Shadow of the Hangman | Edward Marston

    Shadow of the Hangman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Jeff says: "Horrible. Unless you like British drool."
  • The Vagabond Clown | Edward Marston

    The Vagabond Clown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When unexpected disaster strikes Lord Westfield's Men during a packed performance, Nicholas Bracewell must save the day. Will a vagabond clown prophesy the end of the troupe - and perhaps the demise of Nick himself?

  • The Roaring Boy | Edward Marston

    The Roaring Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
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    After a calamitous performance and the death of one of their own, Lord Westfield's Men are more than despondent. So when the mysterious Simon Chaloner follows Nicholas Bracewell home with an offer of a new play, anonymously penned, his offer seems too good to refuse. It is a story of a simple death used to conceal a greater treachery, perhaps even treason. But they could never have known how dangerous one play could be. Or how telling the tale of a murdered mathematician might put them all in jeopardy.

  • Railway to the Grave | Edward Marston

    Railway to the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Yorkshire 1855. When Colonel Aubrey Tarleton walks into the path of a speeding train, he is crushed to death on the track. The famous Railway Detective, Inspector Robert Colbeck, is immediately put on the case to determine why such a well-respected man would have resorted to suicide. Tarleton's wife had recently gone missing, but was the colonel responsible for her disappearance? It's up to Colbeck and his trusty sergeant Victor Leeming to uncover the truth.

    John says: "Finally- Leeming escapes without a concussion!"
  • Dance of Death: The Home Front Detective Series | Edward Marston

    Dance of Death: The Home Front Detective Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

  • Blood on the Line | Edward Marston

    Blood on the Line

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The year is 1855, and on the LNWR train to London, a criminal is being escorted to his appointment with the hangman. But the wily Jeremy Oxley, conman, thief and murderer, has one last ace up his sleeve: a beautiful and ruthless accomplice willing to do anything to save her lover, including committing cold-blooded murder... When Inspector Robert Colbeck learns that Oxley, his nemesis, has once again escaped, black memories of their shared past leave him no choice but to do his duty.

  • The Silver Locomotive Mystery | Edward Marston

    The Silver Locomotive Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (14)
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    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.

    Kathi says: "Fun when you need a light read with good mystery"
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