Travelling back and forth to Fife from the North East two days in a row last week may not sound like much fun, but there was a definitely silver lining. I got through two of Edward Marston’s Railway Detective novels! As my thoughts on both novels were very similar, I thought I might as well kill two birds with one stone and review them together. I won’t go into any big plot spoilers – there’s nothing worse than a mystery spoiled!
A fortnight ago, when my husband and I were in Waterstones, I had what can only be described as a weak moment. I really only meant to pick up a couple of books to put in with a family member’s Christmas present, but before I knew it I was also holding a Christmas compendium of Jeeves and Wooster and a Christmassy Georgette Heyer.
Just as I decided I’d better head to the till for my own good, my husband appeared holding a hardback and said “Christmas and murder – sounds like your cup of tea!”. He handed me A Christmas Railway Mystery by Edward Marston. I’d not read any of the author’s other work, but I decided to give it a try (I’d filled up my Waterstones stamp card and got a £10 voucher in return so it didn’t even cost me a penny – bargain).