The Railway Viaduct

The Railway Viaduct As a train speeds over the Sankey Viaduct the dead body of a man is hurled into the canal below Inspector Robert Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Leeming take charge of their most complex and difficult ca

  • Title: The Railway Viaduct
  • Author: Edward Marston
  • ISBN: 9780749081140
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • As a train speeds over the Sankey Viaduct, the dead body of a man is hurled into the canal below Inspector Robert Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Leeming take charge of their most complex and difficult case yet Hampered by the fact that the corpse has nothing on him to indicate his identity, they are baffled until a young woman comes forward to explain that the murder victimAs a train speeds over the Sankey Viaduct, the dead body of a man is hurled into the canal below Inspector Robert Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Leeming take charge of their most complex and difficult case yet Hampered by the fact that the corpse has nothing on him to indicate his identity, they are baffled until a young woman comes forward to explain that the murder victim, Gaston Chabal, is an engineer, working on a major rail link in France As the case takes on an international dimension, problems accumulate The detectives wonder if the murder is connected to a series of vicious attacks on the rail link that is being built by British navvies under the direction of a British construction engineer Colbeck and Leeming have to survive personal danger, resistance from the French government, broadsides from their Superintendent, and many other setbacks before they solve the crime.

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    1. I enjoyed this mystery, I just felt it was missing a twist or something to really surprise the reader. Still it was entertaining! 3.75 Stars!!

    2. I won't pretend these books are anything but light escapism, but as such they hit a sweet spot. The era is familiar, a few decades earlier than the famous cases of Sherlock Holmes. The focus on murders related to the burgeoning railway system brings into focus settings that are usually just passing mentions in Doyle's stories. The writing in these books is sometimes plodding but the plots are good, solid mystery fare and this one is especially entertaining with its long, convoluted trail across [...]

    3. A man is thrown from a moving train as it crosses a viaduct, and an artist captures the moment. This is the exciting start of the latest case for Robert Colbeck. The third in the Railway destective sereies sees Robert Colbeck spending part of his investigation in France, among the railway engineers, while his trusty sergeant Victor Leeming tries to infiltrate a violent group of Irish navvies that are suspected of sabotage. Me meet Madeline Andrews and her father again, although they don't play s [...]

    4. I really enjoy these books for the historical detail, and what they tell me about the development of the rail system and the impact that had upon the times. Personally I found the plot in this book far fetched, but I never feel that's very fair criticism of fiction. Perhaps that is more a function of history, the way people acted in the past can seem very alien to today.

    5. Marston’s prolific approach to writing – he currently has three (or perhaps four) continuing series underway – should raise the threat of a write by numbers style where work is repetitive and predictable. It is to his credit that this is not the case – and even more so (or perhaps because) each of his series has different settings: medieval England, London during World War One, Restoration England and mid-19th century England of the railways. Even though he follows, not slavishly, the ge [...]

    6. Heavens to MurgatroydI grudgingly give this book two stars rather than one, simply based on the fact that as a murder mystery it does have that push and pull that compels one to keep turning the pages. Other than that, though, this really was the most incredible tosh. The author appears to be unfamiliar with the period in question (1850s England), its manners, its social hierarchies and customs, and its forms of speech. Three examples will suffice: director's wives did not invite train driver's [...]

    7. Whilst I find the historical interjections interesting they are also a little stilted and don't always help the story. The story, however, is well though out and interesting. It was a good read, and I am looking forward to reading others in the series.As a train speeds over the Sankey Viaduct, the dead body of a man is hurled into the canal below. Inspector Robert Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Leeming take charge of their most complex and difficult case yet. Hampered by the fact that the corpse ha [...]

    8. I love this series of books Inspector Robert Colbeck as the enthusiastic train detective is a character that I find believeable and as there is no bad language to contend with its refreshing. He is ably assisted by his sergeant Leeming who is not a train lover, I also like the way the series develops his relationship with Madeleine Andrews again its a series I would recommend to readers who like the period of the early steam trains

    9. Marston's Railway series is a simple set of unchallenging mysteries. Unfortunately this one was awful. I may not read another one after this.

    10. The Railway Viaduct is a tale of sabotage. The clues regarding the death of an upcoming French engineer who is visiting England on a fact-finding mission end up leading Inspector Colbeck to France. In France of the Victorian Era, British engineers and contractors built many of the rail lines for the French rail system. In view of past enmity between the continent and the isles, there is some question as to whether this murder will become an international incident. Inspector Colbeck isn’t known [...]

    11. To get my grubby paws on any Edward Marston books in my local libraries I often have to borrow the large print, hard cover edition, a pain, but the paperback novels always have a reservation on them. Grrr, other people have obviously discovered that this author is a master at drawing readers into his historical, fictional worlds.Railway Detective, or rather Scotland Yard's Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his trusted Sergeant Victor Leeming, are called in to solve a baffling murder case of [...]

    12. I loved it! It's part of my favourite book series ever. I love the history of the Railways and Victorian Detective Novels and when I first saw this series I thought it was too good to be true but when I started to read the books I loved them. Especially this one

    13. This is the third in Marston's "The Railway Detective" series, featuring Insp Robert Colbeck and his colleague, Sergeant Victor Leeming, of the nascent Scotland Yard pain-clothes crime investigation force. Like many police detective stories, our hero has not only to battle against criminals but also against internal interference and incompetence, in Colbeck's case in the form of his immediate superior, Supt Tallis.Colbeck became associated with the resolution of a robbery on the railways in the [...]

    14. I am madly in love with this series set in 1850's England featuring Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck of Scotland Yard and his faithful sergeant Victor Leeming.In this third book of the series, the body of a French engineer is tossed off of a train as it passes over the Sankey Viaduct . Gaston Chabal had been on his way to meet his married lover (he was himself married to a girl only 16 or 17 in Paris) , a wealthy woman he took up with to get her husband to invest in the railway being built by [...]

    15. The Railway Viaduct starts off with an artist painting a ground's eye view of the Sankey Viaduct when a train passes over it and a man's body falls from a car into the water. Railway Detective Robert Colbeck is tasked to solve the murder. His investigations take him and his crew of quirky co-workers across the channel to France, where a British entrepreneur is expanding that country's rail lines, and employing a huge crew of Irish migrant workers to do so. As Colbeck gets closer to the solution, [...]

    16. My husband, who loves railways, pounced on this book. He read it three times and raved. 'Wonderful,' he said, 'marvellous story and the railway details are great.' He has ordered the previous two books in the series. I think that would be the standard reaction to this book. It's a good read. Edward Marston has been producing several different series for years, and if you like a well written, plain and simple tale, these books are for you. He’s a solid and reliable writer, one men and boys part [...]

    17. A body is thrown from a train crossing the Sankey viaduct, and it lands in a canal. There were no witnesses on the train, and apparently none on the ground below. Until a watercolour artist responds to Inspector Robert Colbeck's advert with a perfect painting of the scene, showing the falling body, three passers-by and a canal barge at the scene (as well as a few cows, but they don't count). With his trusty Sergeant, Victor Leeming, they set out to identity the victim and to catch the killer. Co [...]

    18. This started off really well - I liked the eccentric artist at the beginning but I thought the crime soon got overshadowed by the descriptions of the Irish navvies working on the railway. It was as if the author got caught up painting his own vivid picture of these characters and what the times were like then and forgot that there was a crime to solve until the last chapter. I liked the fact that Brendan Mulryne came back and that Leeming got a chance to shine for once but the frequent interrupt [...]

    19. The Railway Viaduct (The Railway Detective #3) by Edward Marston – The third Railway Detective book presents a complex story that begins with Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Leeming trying to solve the murder of a Frenchman named Gaston Chabal, whose body had been hurled from a train into a canal in Britain. Colbeck quickly discovers that Chabal had been an engineer working on an important rail line expansion in France. The investigation takes Colbeck and Leeming to France where the murd [...]

    20. Another Victorian era police procedural set in the early days of the railways. This time Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming are called in to investigate a murder on the Sankey Viaduct, but their hunt for the murderer takes them to the construction site for a new railway line in France. The construction company is British, but the navvies come from all over Europe, adding a new dimension to the problems of investigating murder.[return][return]I thought the first book in this series suffered f [...]

    21. Opening:1852. Something was missing. His preliminary sketch of the Sankey Viaduct was both dramatic and satisfyingly precise but it needed something to anchor it, a human dimension to give a sense of scale.3* The Excursion Train (Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck #2)CR The Railway Viaduct (Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck #3) 3* The Wolves of Savernake (Domesday #1) 3* The Queen's Head (Elizabethan Theater #1) 3* Soldier of Fortune (Captain Rawson #1) 2* The Painted Lady (Christopher Redmayne [...]

    22. The third book in the series of the Railway Detective. Usually set in England when the railroad was becoming the major mode of transportation, the majority of this story takes place in France where an English contractor and his group of Irish navvies are building a new rail line. One of the contractor's design engineers is murdered and Inspector Colbeck and his faithful assistant Leeming are on the trail, moving between England and France to solve the mystery. This is pretty light reading but is [...]

    23. I started the Railway Detective series last year and enjoyed getting to know Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and Madeline Andrews and her father. I enjoy the settings of the books and the growing relationships, and this third in the series didn't disappoint. Looking forward to continuing on with The Iron Horse at some point.

    24. This is the third of the Railway Detective series and each one has got better as you get used to the characters. The book is fairly short at just over 200 e pages, but there is no waffle, just good storytelling. It does help if you like detectives, trains and historical novels, but it's not essential. I often turn to this type of book after reading a long, sometimes complex book and it's a real tonic. Long live the railway detective. I hope there are many more to come.

    25. Quite an interestingly convoluted historical mystery built around the English and French railway systems. The focus is less on the mystery and the fairly standard cast of mystery characters than other historical elements, including the place that railway navvies occupied as the football hooligans of the time. Initially I didn't think this was going to be all that interesting, but soon got caught up in it, enough so that I'll look for more in this series.

    26. I borrowed this from the library and have grown to like the series.I enjoy the historic snippets most of all the railway history.In this we novel we move from the North West to France.The Inspector and his sergeant are called to solve the crime and once again Superintendent Tallis is a thorn in their side.A well written mystery perfect to pass the time on a train journey.

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