Peril on the Royal Train

Peril on the Royal Train

Large Print - 2014
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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. Colbeck and Leeming face further obstacles when the Railway announces a reward of ?400 for information - soon they are pitched against criminals and the public in their attempt to solve the case.
Publisher: Long Preston : Magna Large Print Books, 2014
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780750538541
0750538546
Branch Call Number: LP MF MARSTON
Characteristics: 396 p. (large print) ; 24 cm

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Liber_vermis
Jan 29, 2018

The outline (above) is inaccurate in some ways. The derailment of the freight train and the deaths of its 3 train crew give rise to a number of suspects as Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his colleague Sergeant Victor Leeming start their investigation. But as the book's title indicates the derailment eventually (around page 200) has links to the royal family who are about to travel by train to their summer castle in Scotland. Once again, the author, Edward Marston, offers a fast-paced police procedural thriller that keeps the reader's adrenaline flowing right to the last pages. View a brief video of a steam engine working hard to haul passenger cars up Beattock Bank at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG9cruoIk98 [perhaps the quarry visible in the hill near the end of the video is the one that figures in this crime thriller?]

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Roundcat
Aug 18, 2014

Inspector Colbeck meets Prince Albert and together they decide how to trap the men who are planning to blow up the Royal Family's train taking them to their castle in Scotland. The suspects are many and varied, and it's only at the very end that we discover who the real culprits are. Quite an interesting puzzle. Who ever heard of Sabbatarians?! I learned a bit of history too.

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