'Never had I been given a tougher problem to solve, and never had I been so utterly at my wits' end for a solution.'
A signalman is found dead by a railway tunnel. A man identifies his wife as a victim of murder on the underground. Two passengers mysteriously disappear between stations, leaving behind a dead body.
Trains have been a favourite setting of many crime writers, providing the mobile equivalent of the 'locked-room' scenario. Their enclosed carriages with a limited number of suspects lend themselves to seemingly impossible crimes. In an era of cancellations and delays, alibis reliant upon a timely train service no longer ring true, yet the railway detective has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the twenty-first century.
Both train buffs and crime fans will delight in this selection of fifteen railway-themed mysteries, featuring some of the most popular authors of their day alongside less familiar names. This is a collection to beguile even the most wearisome commuter.
- Edited by
- Martin Edwards
- British Library Crime Classics
- British Library Publishing , The British Library Publishing Division
- Publication date
- Feb 28, 2018
- Product dimensions
- 138 x 173 x 28mm
The Man with the Watches - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Mystery of Felwyn Tunnel - L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace
How He Cut His Stick - Matthias McDonnell Bodkin
The Mysterious Death on the Underground Railway - Baroness Orczy
The Affair of the Corridor Express - Victor L. Whitechurch
The Case of Oscar Brodski - R. Austin Freeman
The Eighth Lamp - Roy Vickers
The Knight's Cross Signal Problem - Ernest Bramah
The Man with No Face - Dorothy L. Sayers
The Railway Carriage - F. Tennyson Jesse
Mystery of the Slip-Coach - Sapper
The Level Crossing - Freeman Wills Crofts
The Adventure of the First-Class Carriage - Ronald Knox
Murder on the 7.16 - Michael Innes
The Coulman Handicap - Michael Gilbert