Peril on the Royal Train

Peril on the Royal Train

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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.
Publisher: London : Allison & Busby Limited, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780749012441
0749012447
Characteristics: 383 p. ; 23 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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