Peril on the Royal Train

Peril on the Royal Train

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Casemate Publishing
The driver and fireman of a goods train are speeding along near the Scottish border. As they take a sharp bend, they can see that the track ahead has been ripped up. With no time to break, there’s no way to avert disaster. Before they know what’s happening, the engine has veered off the rails and plunged into the lake below, taking the wagons and men with it. Summoned north by the Caledonian Railway Company, Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming learn that the sabotage might be the work of a rival company. But as they proceed, a larger conspiracy seems to be afoot. The targets: the Queen and Prince Consort en route to Balmoral. The legions of Railway Detective fans will be treated to an appearance by Queen Victoria in this the tenth Railway Detective novel.


"Peril on the Royal Train is exactly what a traditional whodunit should be; railway fiction fans especially should love it. The historical research is impeccable and cleverly woven into the story. The red herrings are eminently plausible... The book thunders along at a cracking pace; it certainly kept this reader on the edge of her seat."
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Baker & Taylor
Inspector Robert Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Leeming are called from the crime of London to investigate a fatal crash in the southern uplands of the Scottish countryside.

Publisher: London : Allison & Busby Limited, 2013
ISBN: 9780749012441
Characteristics: 383 p. ; 23 cm


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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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