Inspector Colbeck’s Casebook: Thirteen Tales from the Railway Detective – Edward Marston

As I failed to enjoy the most recent full-length book in Edward Martson’s long-running series, you may be wondering why I’m writing about this collection of shorter pieces. Well, as it happens, I read this one first. If I’d read Ticket to Oblivion first, I might have left this one languishing in the “to read” folder on my Kindle for a long time, which would have been my loss.

Most of the stories here are very short, and stripped of the usual length, there’s no digression, no changes of viewpoint and much more of the Railway Detective actually doing some detecting and deducing. Altogether much more enjoyable than the novel, and well worth a read.