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.
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I enjoyed this book, but somehow it sounded like an amateur dramatics performance of a detective story. I am not sure if this is the reading or the writing, but I didn't feel like that after reading the first book on Kindle. I enjoy amateur dramatics, so it didn't bother me too much, but I am not sure how many more of these I would listen to.
Railway settings and descriptions of lifestyle were interesting background to the plot. The story was credible and not too contrived, although perhaps a bit formulaic. (The obvious grumpy character was not guilty and certain key details were withheld till the end).
Slow and steady.
Good for railway buffs but maybe not for the common man (or woman).