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    • A Christmas Railway Mystery

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

    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. 

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Probably good reading as a book-a bit boring

    • By John on 12-08-18

    Regular price: $22.57

    • The Circus Train Conspiracy

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Following a string of successful performances along the west coast, the Moscardi Circus is travelling by train to Hexham on the Newcastle to Carlisle Railway for their next show. Yet a collision on the track causes pandemonium. When the headless body of a woman is discovered in nearby woodland, Inspector Colbeck is desperate to lend assistance, however a reluctant Superintendent Tallis forbids him from doing so. 

    Regular price: $21.81

    • The Roaring Boy

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

    Regular price: $21.05

    • 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

    • The Iron Horse

    • Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck
    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully Narrated

    • By Virginia Waldron on 08-30-10

    Regular price: $17.76

    • 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

    • Inspector Colbeck's Casebook

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Nick McArdie
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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?

    Regular price: $20.56

    • 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

    • 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

    • The Princess of Denmark

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    A fire at the Queen's Head deprives Westfield's Men of their home, so they seize the opportunity to travel to Denmark with their patron, Lord Westfield, who is to marry a beautiful young Danish widow. When they reach Elsinore castle, they are given a warm welcome, but the murder of Rolfe Harling, who brokered the wedding, changes the whole atmosphere of the place. Danger threatens from all sides, including England, where one man seeks revenge and dispatches assassins after the troupe. They are soon caught up in a complex web of political intrigue and betrayal.

    Regular price: $20.56

    • 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 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

    • A Ticket to Oblivion

    • The Railway Detective Series
    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Nick McArdle
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great Railway Detective story

    • By Charles on 01-31-17

    Regular price: $22.80

    • 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

    • Timetable of Death

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Nick McArdle
    • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • HOLDS YOUR ATTENTION

    • By JOHN on 07-07-17

    Regular price: $21.37

    • 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

    • Railway to the Grave

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Finally- Leeming escapes without a concussion!

    • By John on 09-30-17

    Regular price: $17.76

    • The Railway Viaduct

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    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.

    Regular price: $17.76

    • 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

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