Ticket to Oblivion – Edward Marston

The latest in Edward Marston’s Railway Detective series follows much the same formula as most of its predecessors. A crime is committed, Inspector Colbeck is called in, supported by Sergeant Leeming and berated by Superintendent Tallis. We’re shown the perpetrator, and know more than Colbeck does for much of the story. There’s a setback or two, more crime is committed and a false trail or two is followed.

And that, for me, was the problem with this book, which failed to capture me in the same way as the earlier ones. Maybe it was just me, and I’d have enjoyed it more at a different time, but this had the feeling of a series either coming to a conclusion, or in need of a change…


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