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Blood on the Tracks: Railroad Mysteries

edited by Martin Edwards
# UV2912 Paperback, 363 pages; 2018
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This short story collection from British Library Crime Classics offers a selection of train-related whodunits from the past century of crime writing. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle yields a non-Holmes mystery in "The Man with the Watches," in which a detective investigates the murder of a man found alone in a train carriage with six watches, the other occupants of the carriage having mysteriously vanished. In "The Unsolved Puzzle of the Man with No Face," Dorothy L. Sayers presents a Lord Peter Wimsey tale with multiple solutions and a resolution that will puzzle readers. Of the stories by lesser-known authors, the eerie, supernaturally tinged "The Railway Carriage" by F. Tennyson Jesse is a standout, and should result in demands for her works to be brought back into print. All in all, an evocative collection of mysteries that showcases the development of the genre, ideal for reading in an armchair on a rainy day. (BH)
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