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The Railway Detective (Inspector Robert Colbeck)

The Railway Detective (Inspector Robert Colbeck) - Edward Marston Needed to grab something quickly before heading off for the weekend, and Hubby has been reading this series, so took the first one. Actually quite good. Set in Victorian London, with DI Colbeck as the lead character. he has problems with his superior officer (who's a bit of an idiot, if truth be told) but has a way about him that gets results. Dresses nicely and isn't a typical copper at all (slightly dishy, if I'm honest). Has to solve a rather nasty train robbery, where the gold soverigns being transported to birmingham were stolen, the train driver beaten up and the train run off the rails. Goes about it to the best of his ability and finally prevents an attempt to blow up the Great exhibition. Along the way he meets the train driver's daughter and there's certainly something between them, especially when she ends up being kidnapped, in order to distract him from finding the crinimal mastermind. But he comes through and saves the day and the girl in fine style. As he solves a railway crime, the press nickname him the railway detective, and so the series begins. Nicely written, well paced, not terribly hard headed, or difficult to read, but it rolled along well and the steps are logical and sensible. Nothing worse than a far-fetched piece of deduction that you just can't believe, and that's not what happens here. Nicely put together & I'm about to raid his bookshelf for book 2...