The Railway Viaduct

The Railway Viaduct

eBook - 2007
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The Railway Detective faces his most dangerous adversary yet

1852. 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.

The third in the acclaimed Railway Detective series, The Railway Viaduct is an absorbing mystery that will keep you guessing till the very end.

Publisher: London : Allison & Busby, 2007
ISBN: 9780749008918
Characteristics: 1 online resource (198 p.)


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Jan 05, 2018

A fast-moving, quick-scene changing plot that takes place in England and France at the pace of thundering steam locomotives. [Note: Roundcat has confused two painters in this crime novel. Ambrose Hooper happens to be painting the Sankey Viaduct when the initial crime takes place; and is able to help Inspector Colbeck early in the investigation. Later, Madeleine Andrews, Colbeck's girlfriend, paints an imaginative sketch of a viaduct across the English Channel that shifts the investigator's mind in a new direction.] Thomas Brassey was a real English railway contractor whose biography (with maps) is available at the Internet Archive.

Jul 06, 2014

When a man is thrown from a train crossing a viaduct, Robert Colbeck's lady friend is at the scene exercising her new painting talents. Her view helps Colbeck and Leeming track down the killer.


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Jan 05, 2018

Coarse Language: Frequent use of the F-word; and denigrating nationalist stereotypes expressed


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