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Edward Marston - Author

About the Author

Edward Marston was born and brought up in South Wales. A full-time writer for over thirty years, he has worked in radio, film, television and the theatre, and is a former chairman of the Crime Writers' Association.

Featured books by Edward Marston

A Ticket to Oblivion

A Ticket to Oblivion

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2014

Young Imogen Burnhope and her maid Rhoda board a non-stop train to Oxford to visit her Aunt Cassandra, who waits on the platform at Oxford station where the train terminates, to greet them. Only they never arrive. The train is searched and the coachman swears he saw them board a first-class carriage, but they seem to have vanished into thin air.When he learns his daughter is missing, Sir Marcus Burnhope contacts Scotland Yard for help and Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming are assigned to the case.Is it a merely a case of a runaway girl? Or is there a more sinsister, larger conspiracy at work?

Other books by Edward Marston

A Christmas Railway Mystery

A Christmas Railway Mystery

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2018

December 1860. The morning shift at Swindon Locomotive Works is about to begin and an army of men is pouring out of the nearby terraced houses built by the GWR. Frank Rodman should have been among them, but he is destined for the grave sooner than he might have expected, or he will be, once his missing head is found.But Christmas is fast approaching, and the last thing Inspector Colbeck needs is a complex case, mired in contradictions. As he wrestles with one crime, he is alarmed to hear of another - the abduction of Superintendent Tallis. Colbeck and Leeming find themselves in a hectic race to solve a brutal murder before rushing off to Kent in a bid to save the superintendent's life.

Points of Danger

Points of Danger

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2018

1861, East Anglia. Alone in a first-class carriage, the Swarbricks are robbed at gunpoint, but when the universally-admired Swarbrick fights back, the train robber takes more than money and jewellery, killing the man working to unify East Anglia's tangle of railway networks. Inspector Colbeck is brought in from London, as the only detective in Britain with enough expertise for the job. But as Swarbrick's glowing reputation begins to crumble, the line of investigation isn't clear: Is this the act of a bungling burglar, a business rival, a disgruntled son, or a jealous lover? Whoever it is, they are determined to involve Colbeck in their fight. Is the Railway Detective following the right track or will he need to switch points to bring the murderer to justice?

Under Attack

Under Attack

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2018

June, 1917. While another daylight air raid batters London, the body of respected businessman Gilbert Donohoe is fished from the Thames. Inspector Marmion struggles with the murder case alongside his anxieties for his now-missing son, Paul, but the pressure increases when the Metropolitan Police are the target of a series of vicious press attacks. As Marmion is pilloried in the press, he uncovers a seedy path through London which will lead him towards the killer.

Fugitive from the Grave

Fugitive from the Grave

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/06/2018

1817. Clemency van Emden receives an anonymous terse message informing her that her estranged father is dead and buried. Confounded by this news and desperate to visit her father's final resting place, she returns from Holland determined to seek answers. A chance encounter on a busy London street leads her to twin detectives Peter and Paul Skillen, who agree to help her unravel the mystery of her father's last days. However, Paul's attention is diverted away from London to Bath, as he seeks to thwart a daring band of highwaymen, one of whom appears to have more than just jewels on his mind. Meanwhile, the Bow Street Runners are struggling to redeem themselves after losing, yet again, the slippery and infamous Harry Scattergood. With mounting pressure from the local magistrate to produce results, they are sent to investigate a spate of bodysnatching from local cemeteries. When the body of Clemency's father is discovered to be missing from its casket, the twins embark on a chase of graverobbers, funerary agents and Good Samaritans to unearth the truth.

The Circus Train Conspiracy

The Circus Train Conspiracy

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2018

Following a string of successful performances, the Moscardi Circus is travelling by train to Newcastle for their next show. Yet a collision on the track with a couple of sleepers causes pandemonium: passengers thrown about and animals escaping into the night. When the body of a woman is discovered in nearby woodland, Inspector Colbeck is desperate to lend assistance, believing the two incidents might be connected. Who is the nameless woman and who is targeting the Moscardi's Magnificent Circus?

Date with the Executioner

Date with the Executioner

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2018

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. Paul and his twin Peter are determined to see justice done and are soon enmeshed in threads of inheritance, treachery and fraud.

Soldier of Fortune

Soldier of Fortune

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/11/2017

The dashing Captain Daniel Rawson - spy, linguist, duellist, ladies' man and career soldier - can charm a lady as well as he can parry a sword. And whether it is extracting information from the wife of a French general or leading his soldiers in a Forlorn Hope, Rawson proves himself invaluable to John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough, and the Confederate forces as they head towards the ferocious battle of Blenheim. But on their march across Europe, Rawson discovers he has two very different camps of pursuers. The beautiful Abigail Piper, with whom Rawson enjoyed a brief flirtation whilst in London, is determined to get her man. A soldier couldn't dare hope for a lovelier distraction, but the battlefield is no place for a lady. Also hot on Rawson's heels are the murderous servants of the General Salignac, the latest man Daniel cuckolded. Their instructions are simple - kill Rawson and bring back proof. A simple order, but have they underestimated their target?

The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

Pentonville Prison. Wally Hubbard is serving a long sentence for arson. But after befriending and tricking one of the officers, Hubbard makes an audacious escape. Inspector Marmion, the detective who arrested Hubbard, is warned to watch his back, but it seems that Hubbard has another target in his murderous sights. However, the investigation is mired in confusion, the identities of killer and victim become increasingly ambiguous. An inmate at an internment camp who might be a spy sending intelligence to the Germans complicates matters further, and the multiplying manhunts, as well as Marmion's concern for his injured and withdrawn son Paul, leave the detective desperate and perhaps with too many threads to untangle.

Under Attack

Under Attack

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

June, 1917. While German Gotha bombers raid London from above, a man's body is fished from the Thames below. The man had been garrotted and his tongue cut out before he was left to his watery grave, and as the killer has taken care to remove identifying items and even labels, Detective Inspector Marmion and Sergeant Keedy struggle to name the victim before they can begin properly with their investigation. As family and business associates are found, the list of suspects grows ever longer, and as Marmion wrangles with the case, he and his family must also contend with their anxieties for his now-missing son Paul. The interminable presence of war and, closer to home, pitched battles in the East End between rival adolescent gangs, suggest the Home Front is more insecure than ever before. With great care, Marmion must pick his way along a twisting path that will lead him towards the killer.

A Christmas Railway Mystery

A Christmas Railway Mystery

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2017

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, boiler smith 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. Was the victim a short-tempered brawler, or a committed Christian and chorister who aimed to better himself? On the trail of Rodman's enemy as the season starts to bite, Colbeck finds little festive cheer in the twists and turns of this peculiar case.

How Does It Feel to Be Old?

How Does It Feel to Be Old?

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2017

How Does It Feel to Be Old?

How Does It Feel to Be Old?

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/08/2017

The Circus Train Conspiracy

The Circus Train Conspiracy

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/06/2017

Following a string of successful performances, the Moscardi Circus is travelling by train to Newcastle for their next show. Yet a collision on the track with a couple of sleepers causes pandemonium: passengers thrown about and animals escaping into the night. When the body of a woman is discovered in nearby woodland, Inspector Colbeck is desperate to lend assistance, believing the two incidents might be connected. Who is the nameless woman and who is targeting the Moscardi's Magnificent Circus?

Signal for Vengeance

Signal for Vengeance

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/06/2017

1860, Wimborne, Dorset. Rebecca Tullidge, miserably married to her callous husband, is having an affair with a railway officer, who she finds dead 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. With a pregnant wife at home, Colbeck must work at speed if he is to return in time to be there when he becomes a father.

Steps to the Gallows

Steps to the Gallows

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2017

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. Peter and Paul Skillen find themselves in great danger as they unearth an enormous amount of scandal and corruption before the villains are brought to book.

Date with the Executioner

Date with the Executioner

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/02/2017

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. Paul and his twin Peter are determined to see justice done and are soon enmeshed in threads of inheritance, treachery and fraud.

The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2016

Pentonville Prison. Wally Hubbard is serving a long sentence for arson. But after befriending and tricking one of the officers, Hubbard makes an audacious escape. Inspector Marmion, the detective who arrested Hubbard, is warned to watch his back, but it seems that Hubbard has another target in his murderous sights. However, the investigation is mired in confusion, the identities of killer and victim become increasingly ambiguous. An inmate at an internment camp who might be a spy sending intelligence to the Germans complicates matters further, and the multiplying manhunts, as well as Marmion's concern for his injured and withdrawn son Paul, leave the detective desperate and perhaps with too many threads to untangle.

Dance of Death

Dance of Death

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2016

The fifth book in the Home Front Detective Series. London, Autumn 1916. When he slips out of a house in the early hours of the morning, 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. Guns begin to pound away as 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. While he is staring up at the sky, he is stabbed to death and left in an alleyway. It will prove to be a very puzzling case for Inspector Marmion and Sergeant Keedy...

Signal for Vengeance

Signal for Vengeance

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/06/2016

1860, Wimborne, Dorset. Rebecca Tullidge, miserably married to her callous husband, finds some escape through a love affair with another man. Saturday night, after putting her drunk husband to bed, she sneaks from their lodge to meet 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. As the pair arrive in the countryside, they are met with difficult personalities and conflicting alibis, making the investigation continue for much longer than Colbeck intends. With his pregnant wife back in London due to give birth to their first child, the inspector must work at speed if he is to return in time to be there when he becomes a father. On discovering Bedloe has a small town's worth of enemies as well as a sordid past, Colbeck and Leeming must unearth which of them is capable of plotting a violent murder. Could it possibly be a woman, distraught that he'd taken another lover? Or a jealous husband after discovering the truth? With a time limit looming over him, The Railway Detective is tasked with uncovering the truth.

Timetable of Death

Timetable of Death

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/06/2016

1859. St Mary's Church, Spondon. 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 a senior director of the Midland Railway. Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming travel to Derbyshire to investigate.

Steps to the Gallows

Steps to the Gallows

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/02/2016

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. Peter and Paul Skillen find themselves in great danger as they unearth an enormous amount of scandal and corruption before the villains are brought to book.

Shadow of the Hangman

Shadow of the Hangman

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2016

In this first instalment of the Bow Street Rivals series a riot breaks out in Dartmoor prison, enabling some American inmates to escape. The twin detectives Peter and Paul Skillen catch wind of a projected assassination but the target is unknown. Trouble ensues when a woman from the Home Office vanishes; a mysterious lady turns up at the archery shooting gallery; and Paul's gambling addiction worsens ...

The Painted Lady

The Painted Lady

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/12/2015

Araminta Jewell is one of the beauties of her day; a witty, resourceful, dazzling young lady who manages to resist all the blandishments that come her way. Even her marriage to the staid and ugly Sir Martin Culthorpe has not discouraged the rakes of London; for them she has assumed an almost iconic status. Before she wed, a special club had been set up - the Society for the Capture of Araminta's Maidenhood - with the first man to bed her standing to win a sizeable wager. Though she is now a wife, she is still pursued with unflagging zeal. It is during her first sitting for a portrait painted by the fashionable French artist Jean - Paul Villemot that the architect Christopher Redmayne meets the lovely Lady Culthorpe, although he has heard much about her through his dissipated brother Henry, one of her most ardent pursuers. Before the portrait can be finished and revealed, however, Sir Martin is murdered.Joining forces with Henry and his good friend the puritan Constable Jonathan Bale, Christopher embarks on a quest to discover the killer's identity. But with each new day bringing a fresh batch of suspects, and the matter of whether Sir Martin was killed because of his shady business dealings or for the exquisite prize of his wife still unclear, Christopher knows this will be far from an easy case to crack.

Deeds of Darkness

Deeds of Darkness

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2015

In June 1916, a young woman is found murdered in a cinema. Harvery Marmion and Joe Keedy set out to find the killer who so elusively 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. Suffering a vicious blow in No Man s Land, Paul is left blinded for the rest of his life. Marmion must come to terms with the permanent darkness of his son s life, while continuing to search for the brutal killer who only strikes in the dark.

Marston, by a Lady [R. St. Clair]

Marston, by a Lady [R. St. Clair]

Author: Edward Marston, Rosalia St Clair Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2015

The Princess Of Denmark

The Princess Of Denmark

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2015

Winter approaches and Westfield's Men are out of work. When their widowed patron decides to marry again, he chooses a Danish bride with vague associations to the royal family. Since the wedding will take place in Elsinore, the troupe is invited to perform as guests of King Christian IV. One of the plays they select is The Princess of Denmark - and it will prove a disastrous choice. Westfield's Men soon find themselves embroiled in political intrigue and religious dissension. Their patron, who has only seen a miniature of his future bride, is less enthusiastic when he actually meets the lady, but he can hardly withdraw. Murder and mayhem dogs the company until they realize that they have a traitor in their ranks. It is left to Nicholas Bracewell to solve a murder, unmask the villain, and rescue Lord Westfield from his unsuitable princess of Denmark.

The Malevolent Comedy

The Malevolent Comedy

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2015

'Murder, mayhem, fire, riot and ruination!' Westfield's men are in dire straights, and their playwright appears to be suffering from a lack of creative inspiration. Thankfully, the company is offered a new play, The Malevolent Comedy, which they believe will drag them out of their rut and put on a spectacle enough to rival Banbury's Men, preventing them from stealing their audiences. However, during the play's opening performance, one of the cast members is struck down after being poisoned, making it his first and last appearance on stage. Suspicion is rife and Nicolas Bracewell, the trusty book keeper, refuses to let the crime go unpunished. Given the nature of the murder, subsequent plots to sabotage Westfield's Men during their performances and the theft of the only copy of The Malevolent Comedy, all signs appear to point to the company's rivals on the other side of the river

How Does It Feel to Be Old?

How Does It Feel to Be Old?

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2015

How Does It Feel to Be Old?

How Does It Feel to Be Old?

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2015

Timetable of Death

Timetable of Death

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/06/2015

1859. St Mary's Church, Spondon. 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 a senior director of the Midland Railway. Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming travel to Derbyshire to investigate.

A Ticket To Oblivion

A Ticket To Oblivion

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2015

Summer, 1858. Young Imogen Burnhope and her maid Rhoda board a non-stop train to Oxford to visit Imogen's Aunt Cassandra, who waits on the platform at the terminus to greet them. All the passengers alight at Oxford, but the two women are nowhere to be seen. The train is searched and the coachman swears he saw them join first class, however they seem to have vanished into thin air. When he learns his daughter is missing, Sir Marcus Burnhope contacts Scotland Yard for help. Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming are assigned to the case and are advised to tread carefully around Sir Marcus - an MP who is used to getting what he wants. With witnesses confirming the impossible - that the women boarded the train - is it a simple case of runaways? Or is there a larger, more sinister conspiracy at work? The Railway Detective must unravel the mystifying web of their disappearance before Imogen and Rhoda vanish into oblivion for good.

The Counterfeit Crank

The Counterfeit Crank

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2015

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.

The Vagabond Clown

The Vagabond Clown

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2015

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?

Fresh Woods and Pastures New - Scholar's Choice Edition

Fresh Woods and Pastures New - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/02/2015

Shadow of the Hangman

Shadow of the Hangman

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2015

In this first instalment of the Bow Street Rivals series a riot breaks out in Dartmoor prison, enabling some American inmates to escape. The twin detectives Peter and Paul Skillen catch wind of a projected assassination but the target is unknown. Trouble ensues when a woman from the Home Office vanishes; a mysterious lady turns up at the archery shooting gallery; and Paul's gambling addiction worsens ...

Inspector Colbeck's Casebook Thirteen Tales from the Railway Detective

Inspector Colbeck's Casebook Thirteen Tales from the Railway Detective

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

An eagerly awaited collection of brand new, specially commissioned short stories from the master of historical crime fiction Edward Marston, featuring his quick-witted Railway Detective, Inspector Robert Colbeck. In this thrilling selection of 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 real villains? Including 'The End of the Line' and 'The Barber of Ravenglass', jealousy, vengeance and duplicity all collide in this supercharged anthology, proving once again, that Inspector Colbeck is the master of mysteries.

Five Dead Canaries

Five Dead Canaries

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2014

1916. As thousands of Brits are fighting on the Front Line, a new breed of fiercely independent and fiery-spirited women emerge to hold the Home Front together. Among this raucous group of munitionettes, or 'canaries', is Florrie Duncan whose birthday celebrations are tragically cut short when a brutal explosion kills all but one of the party. Unconvinced it's the work of a German spy as Scotland Yard surmise, Detective Inspector Harvey Marmion and Sergeant Joe Keedy believe something more complex and sinister is at play. Suspicion is rife and as the pair begin to piece together the lives of the women, they unearth a tension simmering between many of the locals and the canaries. Marmion and Keedy must work fast to uncover the murderer before more canaries are turned to dust ...

The Bawdy Basket

The Bawdy Basket

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2014

Theatre troupe Westfield s Men take on a new actor, Francis Quilter, after reaching new heights of success. But with the new member, brings new trouble. Quilter s father, Gerard, is on trial for the murder of an enemy, but he denies the charge and Nicholas Bracewell sets about proving his innocence. However, Bracewell s loyalty to Francis drives a wedge between the players. Who will clear the Quilter family name? On their quest for the truth, they stumble across an unlikely ally, who may just hold the answers they re looking for.

The Wanton Angel

The Wanton Angel

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2014

In this installment of this dramatic Elizabethan series, Westfield s Men are flying high after a celebrated performance of The Insatiate Duke at the Queen s Head. However, victory is bittersweet as the company is soon faced with dissolution and the loss of their theatre; were it not for one of the company s rising stars. After acquiring a new benefactor, the company plan to build their own theatre. However, before they have the chance to find out who this guardian angel is, one of the group is found brutally murdered.Cue Nicholas Bracewell to uncover not one, but two hidden identities, of both the murderer and the anonymous benefactor, before the company gets disbanded.

The Devil's Apprentice

The Devil's Apprentice

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2014

Faced with the austerities of a bitterly cold English winter, the theatre is deserted and Westfield s Men find themselves out of work. Fortuitously, the company is invited to perform at a country home in Essex; welcome news to the disgruntled players. The company decides it s the perfect opportunity to trial their new play The Witch of Colchester. However, when the group s leading actor begins to fall mysteriously ill, the company fear witchcraft might be involved. Then on the performance night, an audience member inexplicably collapses and dies, paving the way for Nicholas Bracewell to uncover the cause of the strange events taking place in Silvermere.

Inspector Colbeck's Casebook Thirteen Tales from the Railway Detective

Inspector Colbeck's Casebook Thirteen Tales from the Railway Detective

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/06/2014

An eagerly awaited collection of brand new, specially commissioned short stories from Edward Marston, featuring his quick witted railway detective Inspector Colbeck.

Princess of Denmark

Princess of Denmark

Author: Edward Marston Format: eBook Release Date: 15/05/2014

In the final installment of the series, our beloved book keeper, Nicholas Bracewell takes his final bow as the curtain closes on Westfield's Men; but not before he solves just one more crime.Following a disastrous fire that burns down The Queen's Head, the players must take their talents elsewhere. Their newly widowed patron, Lord Westfield plans to marry again and sets his sights on a princess of Denmark. With her uncle being a fan of Westfield's Men, the troupe are invited to join their patron in his travels to go and wed his beautiful bride in Elsinore. Bracewell and his fellows face perils on the sea as they head for Denmark. But as always for Westfield's Men, trouble seems to follow them wherever they go and when a body is discovered, questions need to be answered.

A Ticket to Oblivion

A Ticket to Oblivion

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2014

Young Imogen Burnhope and her maid Rhoda board a non-stop train to Oxford to visit her Aunt Cassandra, who waits on the platform at Oxford station where the train terminates, to greet them. Only they never arrive. The train is searched and the coachman swears he saw them board a first-class carriage, but they seem to have vanished into thin air.When he learns his daughter is missing, Sir Marcus Burnhope contacts Scotland Yard for help and Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming are assigned to the case.Is it a merely a case of a runaway girl? Or is there a more sinsister, larger conspiracy at work?

Peril on the Royal Train

Peril on the Royal Train

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/04/2014

Spring, 1858. The route of the Caledonian Railway through the Scottish countryside is disrupted by a fatal crash. The Railway Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his trusty Sergeant Victor Leeming are called from London to investigate, and must contend with 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 personal vendettas to pursue. Can Colbeck and Leeming crack the case before the Royal family makes their train journey to Balmoral?

Vagabond Clown

Vagabond Clown

Author: Edward Marston Format: eBook Release Date: 20/03/2014

'I hoped that we might be safe but we have not seen the last of them, after all. They want more blood.'During a performance of their new play, A Trick to Catch a Chaste Lady, Westfield's Men are sabotaged, and they find themselves in the throngs of an audience-player melee. In the midst of the rotten-vegetable battlefield, one of the audience members is found stabbed, and their masterful clown, Barnaby Gill, is discovered with a broken leg.With the company clown-less, they must find a replacement before they embark on their tour of Kent. Enter Gideon Mussett, a ruffian, scallywag and all around drunk. Thinking the victim in the theatre was an accident. Nicholas Bracewell and his fellows soon learn that there is more to this death than a drunken brawl. With a murderer still on the loose, it appears further deaths are on the cards, but who will be the second victim?

Counterfeit Crank

Counterfeit Crank

Author: Edward Marston Format: eBook Release Date: 20/03/2014

Alexander Marwood, the cantankerous landlord of the Queen's Head is away, leaving the Westfield's Men theatre troupe free to play. Marwood's replacement, Adam Crowmere, is a welcome change and Westfield's Men being to dread their landlord's return.But strange occurrences begin to take place within the company and book holder Nicholas Bracewell fears something sinister is afoot. Then the company's costumes are stolen from a locked cabinet and they are forced to perform without them. Nick delves deeper into the mysterious events happening around London because for Westfield's Men, the show must go on.

Malevolent Comedy

Malevolent Comedy

Author: Edward Marston Format: eBook Release Date: 20/03/2014

'Murder, mayhem, fire, riot and ruination!'Westfield's men are in dire straights, and their playwright appears to be suffering from a lack of creative inspiration. Thankfully, the company is offered a new play, The Malevolent Comedy, which they believe will drag them out of their rut and put on a spectacle enough to rival Banbury's Men, preventing them from stealing their audiences. However, during the play's opening performance, one of the cast members is struck down after being poisoned, making it his first and last appearance on stage. Suspicion is rife and Nicolas Bracewell, the trusty book keeper, refuses to let the crime go unpunished. Given the nature of the murder, subsequent plots to sabotage Westfield's Men during their performances and the theft of the only copy of The Malevolent Comedy, all signs appear to point to the company's rivals on the other side of the river.

Wanton Angel

Wanton Angel

Author: Edward Marston Format: eBook Release Date: 13/02/2014

Lies, Lechery and an anonymous AngelIn the tenth installment of this dramatic Elizabethan series, Westfield's Men are flying high after a celebrated performance of The Insatiate Duke at the Queen's Head. However, victory is bittersweet as the company is soon faced with dissolution and the loss of their theatre; were it not for one of the company's rising stars. After acquiring a new benefactor, the company plan to build their own theatre.However, before they have the chance to find out who this guardian angel is, one of the group is found brutally murdered. Cue Nicholas Bracewell to uncover not one, but two hidden identities, of both the murderer and the anonymous benefactor, before the company gets disbanded.

Devil's Apprentice

Devil's Apprentice

Author: Edward Marston Format: eBook Release Date: 13/02/2014

Winter, Witchcraft and Devilish DeceitFaced with the austerities of a bitterly cold English winter, the theatre is deserted and Westfield's Men find themselves out of work. Fortuitously, the company is invited to perform at a country home in Essex; welcome news to the disgruntled players.The company decide it's the perfect opportunity to trial their new play The Witch of Colchester. However, when the group's leading actor begins to fall mysteriously ill, the company fear witchcraft might be involved. Then on the performance night, an audience member inexplicably collapses and dies, paving the way for Nicholas Bracewell to uncover the cause of the strange events taking place in Silvermere.

Bawdy Basket

Bawdy Basket

Author: Edward Marston Format: eBook Release Date: 13/02/2014

'You've killed before, I fancy,' he said.'It's my trade.'Theatre troupe Westfield's Men take on a new actor, Francis Quilter, after reaching new heights of success. But with the new member, brings new trouble. Quilter's father, Gerard, is on trial for the murder of an enemy, but he denies the charge and Nicholas Bracewell sets about proving his innocence.However, Bracewell's loyalty to Francis drives a wedge between the players. Who will clear the Quilter family name? On their quest for the truth, they stumble across an unlikely ally, who may just hold the answers they're looking for.

Railway Detective Collection

Railway Detective Collection

Author: Edward Marston Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2013

Three thrilling cases for The Railway DetectiveWith the Great Exhibition in the offing, interest is mounting in the icon of modern technological achievement: the railways. But this triumph of Victorian engineering has a darker side too, as these sinews of empire offer new opportunities for hidden crime and quick escape, vast destruction and dark double-dealings.Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck is the Railway Detective. When a train is robbed or a passenger killed, Colbeck and his trusty sergeant Victor Leeming must take to the rails and use their expert knowledge of crime and railways to untangle webs of murder, blackmail and destruction.

Nicholas Bracewell Collection

Nicholas Bracewell Collection

Author: Edward Marston Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2013

For Lord Westfield's men, sometimes murder takes centre stage...The reign of Elizabeth I has seen a flowering of English theatre. The esteemed theatrical company called Lord Westfield's Men have enjoyed many a success but it falls to Nicholas Bracewell, the company's bookholder and mainstay, to save his beloved actors when they are threatened by fierce rivals, assassins, plague and much more.Includes the first three instalments in the Nicholas Bracewell series: The Queen's Head, The Merry Devils and The Trip to Jerusalem.

Five Dead Canaries

Five Dead Canaries

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2013

1916. As thousands of Brits are fighting on the Front Line, a new breed of women emerges to hold the Home Front together. Fiercely independent and fiery-spirited, the munitionettes, or 'canaries', are easily recognisable with their chemically-stained yellow faces. Among the raucous group of women is Florrie Duncan, who plans to celebrate her birthday in style at the Golden Goose pub. But the celebrations are cut short when all but one are killed in a brutal explosion. Scotland Yard suggests it's the work of a German spy but Detective Inspector Harvey Marnion and Sergeant Joe Keedy remain unconvinced, believing something more complex and sinister to be at work. With five times the victims there are five times the motives for murder. As the pair begins to piece together the lives of the women, they unearth a tension simmering between many of the locals and the canaries. The dark days of the war has left everyone on edge and suspicion is rife. From marital dysfunction to a failed bomb plot, it seems everyone in the small town of Hayes has a motive, so Marmion and Keedy must work fast to uncover the murderer. Before more canaries are turned to dust.

Instrument of Slaughter

Instrument of Slaughter

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2013

January 1916. Britain is on the brink of enforcing conscription. Eligible young men who have not yet signed up to fight are despised as 'conchies' and 'shirkers', subjected to hatred and verbal abuse. Cyril Ablatt, leader of Shoreditch's group of conscientious objectors, makes a rousing speech at a meeting of the No-Conscription Fellowship, refusing to be 'an instrument of slaughter in a khaki uniform'. When Cyril is brutally bludgeoned to death, Scotland Yard detectives Inspector Marmion and Sergeant Keedy are assigned to the case. As the pair build up a portrait of Cyril, they unearth an intriguing private life behind the man's saintly facade. It soon becomes clear there are plenty of suspicious characters with motives for the killing. Meanwhile, public sympathy is lukewarm. Some people even claim that a conchie deserves to die if he won't fight for King and Country. And in the wake of the murder, three close friends of Ablatt fear that they may also be under threat. Marmion and Keedy will have to work fast to find the killer before any more deaths occur ...

The Laughing Hangman

The Laughing Hangman

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2013

When Nicholas Bracewell finds himself in the parlour of his lost love, Anne Hendrik, he is not expecting her entreaties to embroil him in the murder of a beloved choir master. Between tales of cruelty, forgotten maps of London and a butcher determined to rescue his son, it is yet another mystery for the book holder to untangle. But will his quest endanger Lord Westfield's Men? As the troupe's latest play threatens to break them apart beneath the playwright's own belligerent ribaldry, the shadow of the hangman stalks ever closer. And with every step his laughter rings with the power to turn even the hallowed stage into a gallows.

The Fair Maid Of Bohemia

The Fair Maid Of Bohemia

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2013

The plague has struck London once again but so has opportunity for theatre company Lord Westfield's Men. Invited to perform at the wedding celebrations of Sophia Magdalena, the fair maid of Bohemia, the company's book holder Nicholas Bracewell and his acting troupe begin the long journey across Europe. Confident they will arrive safely and deliver Lord Westfield's secret missive to an alchemist in the Imperial Court, Nicholas is unaware that danger travels with them. Treacherous seas become the least of Nicholas's worries when one of their actors is savagely killed. To make matters worse, when they finally arrive in Prague, the King of Bohemia proves to be an eccentric and bewildering host and Nicholas's beloved Anne Hendrik is kidnapped ...

The Roaring Boy

The Roaring Boy

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2013

One play, two murders and a grievous miscarriage of justice 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 the offer of a new play, anonymously penned, his proposal seems too good to refuse. It is the 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. It is up to Nicholas to once more save the acting troupe from disaster, to reveal the traitor that threatens both Queen and country, and to prove who really killed The Roaring Boy.

The Stationmaster's Farewell

The Stationmaster's Farewell

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/04/2013

1857. Joel Heygate is the popular stationmaster at Exeter St David's railway station. So when the charred remains of a body are discovered in the embers of the town's annual Bonfire Night celebration, everyone is horrified to discover that they belong to Mr Heygate. Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant Victor Leeming are dispatched to Exeter with all due haste, and quickly unearth a number of suspects. But as Colbeck closes in on the killer, he finds himself in mortal danger. Can justice prevail, or will his beloved Madeleine be robbed of a husband on the very eve of their marriage?

The Mad Courtesan

The Mad Courtesan

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2013

Butchery outside a London brothel leaves Westfield's Men in disarray While England is brought low by rumours of Queen Elizabeth's declining health, celebrated theatre company Lord Westfield's Men suffer their own bitter blows. A vicious feud between players causes chaos; a rival company launches a new production; a mysterious beauty reduces their leading actor to a lovelorn wreck; and a brutal murder leaves the group of actors reeling. With matters so fraught, even a performing horse becomes a threat. Stage manager Nicholas Bracewell, accustomed to damage control, is the only man with the wit to keep the company afloat. As the Queen sinks towards death, Nicholas begins to discern the connections between the company's misfortunes and the larger shadow falling over England ...

The Nine Giants

The Nine Giants

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2013

Who could enact such a deadly design, lurking behind the scenes? As book holder and stage manager of theatrical company Lord Westfield's Men, Nicholas Bracewell is accustomed to solving problems. So when he discovers the naked corpse of a man while crossing the Thames by boat one night, he becomes determined to unravel its mystery. After several attacks on the company's members, Nicholas begins to suspect a connection - could these apparently accidental events be part of some hidden design? When Lord Westfield's Men are asked to stage one of their comedies at the Nine Giants in Richmond, Nicholas must put aside his worries and focus on the play. But as the attacks become more sinister, culminating in a grisly death, Nicholas is under increasing pressure to prevent more disaster ...

The Silent Woman

The Silent Woman

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/01/2013

When fire destroys their London theatre, Lord Westfield's players must seek out humbler venues in the countryside. But stage manager Nicholas Bracewell is distracted by a shocking tragedy - a mysterious messenger from his native Devon, murdered by poison. Though the messenger is silenced, Nicholas understands what he must do: return to his birthplace and conclude some unfinished business from his past. The rest of Westfield's Men, penniless and dejected, ride forth with him on a tour that will perhaps become their valedictory, dogged as they are by plague, poverty, rogues and thieves. And among the sinister shadows that glide silently with them towards Devon is one who means Nicholas never to arrive ...

Fishing for Pleasure and Catching It

Fishing for Pleasure and Catching It

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2013

A Very Murdering Battle

A Very Murdering Battle

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2012

Behind enemy lines, Captain Daniel Rawson must face a ruthless foe. 1709. Europe is in the midst of the coldest winter for a century. France, her people starving and her army rattled by mutiny and desertions, negotiates with England for peace. But despite Captain Daniel Rawson's attempts to seek out vital information in Paris, the peace talks collapse. As the opposing armies mass in the area around the village of Malplaquet, a bloody encounter looms. If Daniel manages to return safely to the British forces, he must then stand fast and fight in their most murdering battle yet.

A Bespoke Murder

A Bespoke Murder

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2012

May 1915. While thousands of Britons fight in the trenches, a severely depleted police force remains behind to keep the Home Front safe. In London, the sinking of the Lusitania sparks an unprecedented wave of anti-German riots and arson attacks across the city. Among the victims is the immigrant tailor Jacob Stein, found dead in his burnt-out shop. Detective Inspector Harvey Marmion and Sergeant Joe Keedy must take on this case of cover-ups and contradictions and track down Jacob's killer - a hunt which carries them from the crime-ridden streets of wartime London to the chaos of the front line. But is the murder simply the result of a tragic excess of wartime hysteria, or perhaps a more premeditated crime?

Blood on the Line

Blood on the Line

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2012

1857. 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 cold-blooded murder. When the Railway Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck learns that Oxley, his arch nemesis, has escaped, black memories of their shared past leave him no choice but to do his duty, whatever the cost. With the faithful Victor Leeming at his side, Colbeck must use all of his skills to track his elusive enemy. But could he have finally met his match?

The Trip To Jerusalem

The Trip To Jerusalem

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

FOR LORD WESTFIELD'S MEN, EVERY HIGH ROAD LEADS TO DEATH. When the deathly horrors of the Black Plague decimate the audiences in London's theatres, the acclaimed troupe of players called Lord Westfield's Men take to the high road to seek out fresh audiences. But wherever they go, they are thwarted by misfortune and baffled by mysteries. Their scripts are stolen, their players abducted. A dead man walks, and a beautiful woman hears the voice of God. Only one man is clever enough to match swords with the troupe's burgeoning troubles. Upon Nicholas Bracewell, the company's bookholder and mainstay, falls the burden that may cost him his life - as they head for an ancient inn called The Trip to Jerusalem, where the last act of a bloody drama is about to begin.

The Merry Devils

The Merry Devils

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

HE HAD THE POWER TO ASSUME A PLEASING SHAPE, BUT WOULD HE TAKE TO THE STAGE? The audience was merry indeed when a third devilish imp bounded onstage to join the two that had been written into the script. But backstage all was uproar. The third demon seemed too much like the real thing. Even Nicholas Bracewell, the company mainstay, was shaken when, next time the play was given, only one devil appeared. The second, poor fellow, was now only a little red heap under the stage. Dead. Before the curtain rose again, Lord Westfield's Men would suffer the sermons of a Puritan fanatic, the enchantment of passion, the terror of a London madhouse, prophecies of a famous alchemist, and danger as they'd never known it before ...

The Queen's Head

The Queen's Head

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

HE WAS EGOTISTICAL, VERBOSE AND HOT-HEADED TO A FAULT. BUT HE DID NOT DESERVE TO DIE...His name was Will Fowler, an actor in the esteemed theatrical company called Lord Westfield's Men, a vibrant young man flushed from the success of a recent performance at The Queen's Head theatre. So exuberant was he that he persuaded the resourceful manager of the company, Nicholas Bracewell, to quaff a pint or two at a nearby pub. Alas, it was to be Will's last taste of beer. A tavern brawl left him dead - but not before he gasped for Nicholas to find his fast-fleeting, red-bearded murderer and administer a just revenge. Yet finding Will's murderer in London's dark, crowded streets was a seemingly impossible task - not to mention the fact that Lord Westfield's Men were just commanded to appear at the court of Elizabeth I - an honour one dare not refuse ...

Under Siege

Under Siege

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2011

SOLDIER OF FORTUNE CAPTAIN DANIEL RAWSON FACES HIS TOUGHEST BATTLE YET Despite winning a resounding victory at the battle of Oudenarde, the Duke of Marlborough finds his position as captain-general threatened by political enemies back in England, and his campaign to strike deeper into French Flanders is stalled at the siege of Lille, the 'pearl of fortresses'. To help facilitate the new Allied strategy, Captain Daniel Rawson is given the treacherous task of entering Lille undercover to steal vital plans. Meanwhile, in England, Daniel's beloved Amalia is herself under siege - a dangerous admirer is determined to have her, even if he has to have Daniel murdered first. As the weather worsens and Lille's famed defences appear to be holding, Daniel has to fight against one of his own allies, dwindling supplies, weakening morale, French patrols and a hired assassin. He must battle bravely on or risk losing everything ...

The Elephants of Norwich

The Elephants of Norwich

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2011

The Foxes of Warwick

The Foxes of Warwick

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2011

The Owls of Gloucester

The Owls of Gloucester

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/05/2011

Railway to the Grave

Railway to the Grave

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2011

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.

The Repentent Rake (Christopher Redmayne Mysteries)

The Repentent Rake (Christopher Redmayne Mysteries)

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2010

'London is a veritable cesspool...A swamp of corruption and crime' When Sir Julius Cheever's son, a notorious rake, goes missing, and a blackmailer begins terrorising London's most dissolute fops, it seems plausible that the two events are connected. Divided by politics but united in a desire to see justice done, Christopher Redmayne and Jonathan Bale must combine forces once again. But how can they hope to find those who exploit the scandal of others, when the victims themselves will do anything to maintain their anonymity? And what of Sir Julius's son? Most feel he must have been the victim of his own, debauched appetites, but a few talk of his repentance. So where is the repentant rake? And, with only lies, rumours and gossip to work with, can Redmayne and Bale ever hope to find him?

The Hawks of Delamere

The Hawks of Delamere

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2010

The Wild Cats of Exeter

The Wild Cats of Exeter

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2010

Fire and Sword

Fire and Sword

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2010

This is Captain Daniel Rawson's most dangerous escapade yet. Flanders, 1707. Returning to camp from a dangerous solo mission behind enemy lines, Captain Daniel Rawson finds himself stranded, with French soldiers in fierce pursuit. A kindly farmer helps Daniel hide and then to escape - but with dire consequences. Back in England there is political unrest. Queen Anne's favour has shifted causing the Duke of Marlborough to resign as Commander-in-Chief. And all the while, the treacherous and scheming Duc de Vendome, is hell-bent on capturing Daniel, by any means at his disposal, including kidnapping the beautiful Amalia. With the odds stacked against him, Daniel, aided by his friend Henry Welbeck, must face his greatest challenge yet and fight for his life at the bloody battle of Oudenarde.

The Amorous Nightingale (Christopher Redmayne Mysteries)

The Amorous Nightingale (Christopher Redmayne Mysteries)

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2010

This title presents an intriguing mystery that surrounds the king's mistress. London 1667. Acclaimed beauty and singer Harriet Gow is the star performer at the famous Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, as well as the favourite mistress of King Charles II. After seeing her perform, Christopher Redmayne is likewise captivated so he is intrigued when the King urgently summons him - it seems Harriet has been kidnapped. Redmayne, with the help of his friend Jonathan Bale is engaged to resolve this delicate affair and they quickly begin delving into Harriet's background. The facade of elegance soon begins to crumble in the face of their investigations, and just as Redmayne and Bale start to question whether Harriet is really the victim or the guilty party, a brutal murder provides the answer...

The King's Evil (Christopher Redmayne Mysteries)

The King's Evil (Christopher Redmayne Mysteries)

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2010

This is a perilous investigation in the heart of London ravaged by the great fire. September 1666. Meeting in the ashes of a devastated London, Christopher Redmayne, an architect with Cavalier instincts, and Jonathan Bale, a Puritan constable, are hardly kindred spirits. Redmayne dedicates himself to rebuilding the city that Bale believes was destroyed by its own inner corruption. The two men are thrown together when they catch thieves who are stealing from the house that Redmayne has designed for Sir Ambrose Northcott. The foul murder of Sir Ambrose joins them again, albeit reluctantly, in a complex and dangerous investigation that takes them through the brothels and gaming houses of Restoration London, right to the heart of the King's court.

The Stallions of Woodstock Medieval Mysteries

The Stallions of Woodstock Medieval Mysteries

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/06/2010

The Serpents of Harbledown Medieval Mysteries

The Serpents of Harbledown Medieval Mysteries

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/06/2010

The Silver Locomotive Mystery

The Silver Locomotive Mystery

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2010

1854. As the Cardiff-bound train puffs out of Paddington Station, young Hugh Kellow wraps a protective arm around his large valise. He has been entrusted with a priceless silver coffee pot, designed in the shape of a locomotive, by his elderly silversmith employer. But two of Hugh's fellow passengers are taking an enormous interest in the young man and his priceless cargo. When a dead body is discovered in a room at the Cardiff Railway Hotel, beside an empty valise, the great Railway Detective Robert Colbeck and his trusty sergeant Victor Leeming are called in to investigate; and face a whole host of unexpected problems.

Railway to the Grave

Railway to the Grave

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2010

Now here's a murd'rous tale of woe, See a hero misbehave. For it shows a valiant soldier go By railway to the grave. Yorkshire 1855. Colonel Aubrey Tarleton is a man respected by his neighbours in the small Yorkshire village of South Otterington - as much for his heroic feats in the army as for his social position. So the community is left stunned when Tarleton, deliberately, walks into the path of a speeding train. He is crushed to death on the track, but it is not his broken limbs that attract the attention of the train driver; rather, it is the note pinned to his chest, fluttering in the breeze: 'Whoever finds me, notify Superintendent Tallis of the Detective Department at Scotland Yard'. The famous Railway Detective, Inspector Robert Colbeck, finds his superior officer in great distress when he arrives at the Yard the following morning. Tallis is clutching a letter from his now-deceased friend. In it, Tarleton makes it clear that he no longer wishes to live if he has to do so without his beloved wife, who has disappeared. When the news arrives that a man's body has been found on the track near Thirsk, the coincidence is too great. Was Tarleton responsible for his wife's disappearance, and was his suicide the act of a guilty man? Tallis cannot believe that to be the case and sets out for Yorkshire, accompanied by Colbeck and his trusty Sergeant Victor Leeming, determined to uncover the truth.

On a Sunshine Holyday'

On a Sunshine Holyday'

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/11/2009

On a Sunshine Holyday'

On a Sunshine Holyday'

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/11/2009

Fresh Woods and Pastures New

Fresh Woods and Pastures New

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/11/2009

Fresh Woods and Pastures New

Fresh Woods and Pastures New

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/11/2009

Drums of War

Drums of War

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2009

In this title, dashing soldier of fortune captain Daniel Rawson returns in an explosive new adventure. It's France, 1705. Captain Daniel Rawson is always ready for adventure, so when the Duke of Marlborough proposes a dangerous undercover mission to discover what has happened to one of their spies, a Dutch tapestry-maker, Rawson happily accepts. He journeys to France in disguise, and is delighted to find a lovely distraction in the form of the tapestry-maker's beautiful daughter. Unaware of her father's espionage role, Amalia is fearful for his safety and it's up to Daniel to find her father and put Amalia's mind at rest. Meanwhile, Rawson's stalwart Sergeant Welbeck is left in camp with complications of his own. His wide-eyed nephew has joined the army as a drummer boy in pursuit of honour and glory. Welbeck would like nothing more than to ignore this eager young boy, but circumstances are conspiring to make this impossible.

Wolves of Savernake

Wolves of Savernake

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/09/2009

The Ravens of Blackwater

The Ravens of Blackwater

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/09/2009

The Lions of the North

The Lions of the North

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/09/2009

The Dragons of Archenfield

The Dragons of Archenfield

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/09/2009

Murder on the Brighton Express

Murder on the Brighton Express

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2009

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 - Chaos, fatalities and unbelievable destruction are the scene soon after when the train derails just outside the Balcombe Tunnel. Could it simply be a case of driver error? Detective Inspector Colbeck thinks not. But digging deep to discover the intended target of the accident takes time, something Colbeck doesn't have as the killer prepares to strike again.

Dove Dale Revisited With Other Holiday Sketches

Dove Dale Revisited With Other Holiday Sketches

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2009

Dove Dale Revisited With Other Holiday Sketches

Dove Dale Revisited With Other Holiday Sketches

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/04/2009

Prison Five Hundred Years of Life Behind Bars

Prison Five Hundred Years of Life Behind Bars

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/01/2009

This compelling history of our most feared institution charts the growth of prisons across the country: castle dungeons and decaying hulks, the dreadful Fleet and Marshalsea of Dickens' novels and the soulless structures of Dartmoor and Reading Gaol. Drawing on rarely seen material from The National Archives, it vividly portrays aspects of prison life that stayed constant for centuries: loss of liberty, privacy and comfort; hard labour; restricted rations; and, solitary confinement; corporal punishment and execution - as well as tracing key developments such as Jeremy Bentham's panopticon, the Victorian spate of prison-building, and successive reform Acts. The book also relates the curiosities, abuses and scandals that occurred within prison walls, from the racking of Henry VIII's enemies to the force-feeding of Suffragettes centuries later. At the heart of the book are dramatic stories of the men, women and children who lived - and died - behind bars. Their extraordinary tales range from those of political prisoners incarcerated in the Tower of London to celebrities such as Oscar Wilde who wrote so movingly of his imprisonment at Reading Gaol. Prison tells the stories of wartime convicts, suffragettes and highwaymen, cult criminals such as The Krays and 'ordinary' prisoners like armed robber James Edward Spiers - who in 1930 committed suicide at Wandsworth Gaol in front of a group of JPs gathered to see him receive 15 lashes. There are also fascinating accounts of officers, governors and executioners as well as reformers like John Howard and Elizabeth Fry, who spent their lives seeking to improve the lot of prisoners within.

Fresh Woods and Pastures New

Fresh Woods and Pastures New

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2008

Fresh Woods and Pastures New

Fresh Woods and Pastures New

Author: Edward Marston Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2008

Fresh Woods and Pastures New

Fresh Woods and Pastures New

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/08/2008

Fresh Woods and Pastures New

Fresh Woods and Pastures New

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/08/2008

The Iron Horse

The Iron Horse

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2008

Derby Day at Epsom Downs. A multitude of people crowd to watch the races: dukes and dustmen, bishops and beggars, privileged ladies and prostitutes. The gamut of Victorian society and a hotbed for crime and crooks of all kinds. With the nation a-flutter in the run up to this national event, 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. Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant are assigned to the case and are soon snarled up in a web of skulduggery stretching across the country. They are forced to ask themselves, just how much is someone prepared to hazard to win?

The Painted Lady (Christopher Redmayne Mysteries)

The Painted Lady (Christopher Redmayne Mysteries)

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2008

Araminta Jewell is one of the beauties of her day; a witty, resourceful, dazzling young lady who manages to resist all the blandishments that come her way. Even her marriage to the staid and ugly Sir Martin Culthorpe has not discouraged the rakes of London; for them she has assumed an almost iconic status. Before she wed, a special club had been set up - the Society for the Capture of Araminta's Maidenhood - with the first man to bed her standing to win a sizeable wager. Though she is now a wife, she is still pursued with unflagging zeal. It is during her first sitting for a portrait painted by the fashionable French artist Jean-Paul Villemot that the architect Christopher Redmayne meets the lovely Lady Culthorpe, although he has heard much about her through his dissipated brother Henry, one of her most ardent pursuers. Before the portrait can be finished and revealed, however, Sir Martin is murdered.Joining forces with Henry and his good friend the puritan Constable Jonathan Bale, Christopher embarks on a quest to discover the killer's identity. But with each new day bringing a fresh batch of suspects, and the matter of whether Sir Martin was killed because of his shady business dealings or for the exquisite prize of his wife still unclear, Christopher knows this will be far from an easy case to crack.

The Railway Viaduct

The Railway Viaduct

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2007

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. But in a new country the detectives face new problems. Anti-British feeling is rife and Colbeck and Leeming must put their own lives in danger to pick up the murderer's trail. This is the third in the acclaimed Railway Detective series, The Railway Viaduct is an absorbing mystery that will keep you guessing till the very end.

The Parliament House (Christopher Redmayne series)

The Parliament House (Christopher Redmayne series)

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2007

It is London, 1670. Commissioned to design and build a new house for Francis Polegate, a merchant, Christopher Redmayne is pleased when the project is completed without a hitch. To celebrate the success of the venture, Polegate throws a party and invites Christopher as the guest of honour. But the party comes to an abrupt end when one of the guests is murdered upon leaving the house...With blood staining the doorstep of his new creation, Christopher can't help but feel involved. With the help of his good friend, the Puritan constable Jonathan Bale, and his dissolute brother Henry, Christopher vows to find the killer and bring him to justice. With suspicions running high and the life of someone close to him in peril, this is one of Christopher's most difficult cases as he discovers that politics really can be deadly.

The Excursion Train

The Excursion Train

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2006

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. However, the further he delves into the case, the more mysterious it becomes. And when a second man is strangled by a noose on a train, Colbeck knows that he must act quickly. Can he catch the murderer before more lives are lost? Set in Victorian England and rich in historical detail, The Excursion Train will hold you captivated from the beginning to the end of its journey.

The Railway Detective

The Railway Detective

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2005

In 1851 England, the city of London anticipates the grand opening of the Great Expedition. Excitement is mounting with each engineering triumph of the railways, but not everyone feels like celebrating. A sudden attack hits the London to Birmingham mail train and it is looted and derailed. Planned with military precision, Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck fights to untangle a web of murder, blackmail and destruction. As Colbeck closes in on the criminal masterminds, events take an unexpected turn when the beautiful Madeline, daughter of the injured train driver, becomes a pawn in the criminals game. With time running out, good and evil, new and old, battle against each other. But will the long arm of the law have speed on its side? Full of historical detail, unexpected twists and memorable characters, this is a mystery that will surprise you at every turn.REVIEWS A thoroughly enjoyable Victorian crime novel, a must for aficionados. For the general reader in search of fresh entertainment, and well worth reading. Historical Novels Review

The Frost Fair (Christopher Redmayne Mysteries)

The Frost Fair (Christopher Redmayne Mysteries)

Author: Edward Marston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2004

Christmas, 1669. In the grip of the coldest winter for years, the River Thames is frozen from bank to bank and London celebrates with a traditional frost fair held on its broad back. Revellers come from far and wide to enjoy the spectacle. Among the throng is ambitious young architect Christopher Redmayne. By chance he meets a good friend, Constable Jonathan Bale, attending with his family. As the adults talk, Bale's sons skate around them. But their competitive nature spells trouble onto thin ice and is in danger of crashing into the freezing water below. Christopher and Jonathan save the boy but make a chilling discovery - the frozen corpse of a naked man embedded in the ice. Bale vows to investigate but Christopher sees no reason to involve himself further until his own brother Henry is accused of the murder and thrown in jail. Now Henry faces execution if Christopher cannot prove his innocence. The architect must risk all he holds dear, both professionally and personally, to uncover the truth.

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