The Stationmaster's Farewell

The Stationmaster's Farewell

[an Inspector Robert Colbeck Mystery]

Book - 2012
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Guy Fawkes Night, 1857. Joel Heygate is the popular stationmaster at Exeter St David's railway station - an impressive figure of a man replete with frock coat and top hat, bushy eyebrows and walrus moustache. But when the charred remains of a body are discovered in the embers of the town's annual Bonfire Night celebration, everyone is horrified when it becomes clear that they belong to Mr Heygate.
Mr Gervase Quinnell of the South Devon Railway contacts Scotland Yard for their assistance, and Superintendant Edward Tallis sends the Railway Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant Victor Leeming to Exeter with all due haste. They quickly unearth three suspects, but are they missing something? It is only when Heygate's diary turns up unexpectedly that the truth becomes clear and a fourth suspect emerges. 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?
Publisher: London : Allison & Busby, c2012.
ISBN: 9780749013066
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY MAR

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Liber_vermis
Jan 24, 2018

With so many suspects and a lack of significant clues (especially the identity of the deceased), will Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck be able to apprehend the murderer without interfering with his forthcoming marriage to Madeleine Andrews? Edward Marston has written another fast-paced, intricate crime thriller and police procedural in Exeter on the Great Western Railroad.

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paulsarkisian
Sep 08, 2014

If I knew how to give a book five stars, I'd give the Stationmaster's Farewell" all I could. I like period mysteries, and this is one of the most enjoyable I've read. It sets the stage in 1857 Wales without bogging the reader down with details and color.The reader can see the author's cinematic background coming through in the crisp segues between scenes. I found this very readable and engrossing. I'm putting others by Marston on reserve to read more.

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Roundcat
Aug 26, 2014

Everyone loves the stationmaster, who leads a lonely life, since his wife died, but only the waitress in the café would he trust with his beloved canary, when he was away from home. It is she who helps Colbeck and Leeming to find the murderer among several suspects, who want his money, his position, or his love.

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Liber_vermis
Jan 24, 2018

"'An owl, a canary, a missing diary, a bonfire, an angry bishop, a well-known thug on the loose, a crazed female in a revolting display of blasphemy - this is the most bizarre case in which I've ever been involved', said [Scotland Yard Superintendent Edward] Tallis. 'One is bound to wonder what comes next.'"

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