A Ticket to Oblivion

A Ticket to Oblivion

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Young Imogen Burnhope and her maid Rhoda board a non-stop train to Oxford to visit her Aunt Cassandra, who waits on the platform at Oxford station where the train terminates, to greet them. Only they never arrive. The train is searched and the coachman swears he saw them board a first-class carriage, but they seem to have vanished into thin air. When he learns his daughter is missing, Sir Marcus Burnhope contacts Scotland Yard for help and Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming are assigned to the case. Is it a merely a case of a runaway girl? Or is there a more sinsister, larger conspiracy at work?
Publisher: London : Allison & Busby Limited, ©2014
ISBN: 9780749014278
Branch Call Number: MARSTON
Characteristics: 383 pages ; 23 cm

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Liber_vermis
Feb 05, 2018

With 15 characters, in addition to the five main characters of the Railway Detective series, this reader needed to keep a list. Marston's primary theme in this police procedural thriller is male-female relationships. The exciting ending seemed a titch contrived as the author approached the publisher's 383 page limit (for the 3rd time). As Inspector Colbeck and Madeleine have, finally, married might readers fear the arrival of babies to drain the Inspector's zeal for train trips around Britain in pursuit of criminals?

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Roundcat
Oct 22, 2015

Once again Inspector Colbeck and Sgt. Leeming are faced with a railroad related puzzle. A young woman and her maid board a train to Oxford to visit relatives and they apparently do not reach their destination. Colbeck surmises that, perhaps, disguises were used, especially after meeting the young lady's fiancée, who would not be any young woman's romantic dream of a husband to be. A ransom note arrives and the plot thickens. Victor Leeming is once again subjected to train and horseback rides, which, as a city dweller, are not his element. The kidnappers cleverly evade capture more than once. If only Superintendent Tallis and the missing young woman's family would just listen to Robert Colbeck, this case could be wrapped up much faster; but that wouldn't be any fun, would it?

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