Signal for Vengeance

Signal for Vengeance

Book - 2016
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1860, Wimborne, Dorset. Rebecca Tullidge, miserably married to her callous husband, finds some escape through a love affair with another man. After putting her drunk husband to bed one Saturday night, she sneaks from their lodge to meet railway officer, John Bedloe. But much to her horror, she trips over her lover's corpse on the railway tracks. The railway director calls Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Lemming in from London to solve the hideous crime. As the pair arrives in the countryside, they find there is no shortage of difficult personalities and conflicting alibis, making the mystery much harder to unravel. On discovering Bedloe had plenty of enemies as well as a sordid past, Colbeck and Leeming must unearth which of them is capable of plotting a violent murder. Could it possibly be a woman, distraught that he'd taken another lover? Or a jealous husband who detected an affair? With pressure mounting from all sides, the Railway Detective is tasked with uncovering the truth.
Publisher: London :, Allison & Busby,, 2016
Edition: First edition
Description: 351 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780749020019
Branch Call Number: Mars


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Feb 12, 2018

Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck tears himself away from London even though his wife Madeleine is about to give birth to their first child. Colbeck and his colleague Sergeant Victor Leeming soon have a list of a half dozen suspects in a quiet southeast England county. This police procedural thriller carries over a pair of characters from the previous book "Timetable of Death" but the author provides enough background to avoid disrupting the flow of this tale. How did Colbeck get to the 'surprise' ending? Is the murderer's wife the other paramour of the victim who was code named "Betty"? Will the Colbeck's daughter grow up to be the first female detective inspector at Scotland Yard to break the prohibition enforced by Superintendent Edward Tallis? Although fingerprints were known to be unique to each individual by 1788, it wasn't until 100 years later that they were used to solve crimes, so Inspector Colbeck did not have this tool available to solve this brutal stabbing murder.

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