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The Railway murders often occur immediately after a Whitechapel murder. Yet no connection appears to exist between the crimes. As Doctor Roebuck performs a preliminary examination of the woman found dead on the train he discovers a paper in a hidden pocket of her dress. The paper announces a bible study group for young ladies at a local church. Other than that paper there is no clue to the woman’s identity. This begins a trail of clues that Norris must follow when additional murders occur.
Norris himself has a complex history and as the story unwinds it is apparent he is dedicated to his profession, regardless of any constraints placed on the investigation by higher authorities.
Although there are only three murders in this story directly related to the railway, they are also connected in a fascinating and skillful manner. The clues are all there and I did guess the identity of the killer(s?) early on. However following Norris and his team as they dig through seemingly disconnected pieces of the puzzle is intriguing. Porter has done his research and conveys the limitations as well as the skills of the London police force during the late Victorian period. The language and habits of the characters is well portrayed and believable.
The book concludes neatly without pulling surprises of thin air. It’s an honest crime thriller with excellent detective work. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Victorian crime stories.
As Norris and Hillman investigate they posit that a preacher might be the killer. The result of the investigation of the preacher is negative and a three day leave of absence ensues for Norris. Once again the duo are stymied by their leaders. But in time they will out the killer. They work and work and work and finally discover a small fact that leads them to other facts which lead them to the killer.
More I cannot tell you. The ending is explosive and somewhat anticlimactic. It will chill you to the marrow of your bones. I highly recommend this book. I have said about Brian L. Porter's books that he reminds me of earlier English mystery writers a great deal. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I think, would love sitting down with this book which would in its path of investigation certainly challenge even Sherlock Holmes. Another tour de force by Brian L. Porter.
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