The outline (above) is inaccurate in some ways. The derailment of the freight train and the deaths of its 3 train crew give rise to a number of suspects as Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his colleague Sergeant Victor Leeming start their investigation. But as the book's title indicates the derailment eventually (around page 200) has links to the royal family who are about to travel by train to their summer castle in Scotland. Once again, the author, Edward Marston, offers a fast-paced police procedural thriller that keeps the reader's adrenaline flowing right to the last pages. View a brief video of a steam engine working hard to haul passenger cars up Beattock Bank at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG9cruoIk98 [perhaps the quarry visible in the hill near the end of the video is the one that figures in this crime thriller?]
Inspector Colbeck meets Prince Albert and together they decide how to trap the men who are planning to blow up the Royal Family's train taking them to their castle in Scotland. The suspects are many and varied, and it's only at the very end that we discover who the real culprits are. Quite an interesting puzzle. Who ever heard of Sabbatarians?! I learned a bit of history too.
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