Thrilling Stories of the Railway

Victor L Whitechurch

Thorpe Hazell, the first 'Railway detective' and other stories

A must-read for railfans, these stories integrally feature the railways (way before modern trains and computers) that will draw one to the magical world of locomotives, signals, changing points but all the while with crime happening around them.

In 'The Affair of the German Dispatch-Box', Hazell has to come up with a daring plan to retrieve a secret government document before it reaches the German Ambassador. In 'Sir Gilbert Murrell's Picture' an entire wagon with valuable paintings disappears from a goods train, and Hazell has to solve the crime. In 'The Affair of the Corridor Express', a multimillionaire's son is kidnapped from a moving train. In 'The Stolen Necklace', a diamond necklace is stolen and must be found. In 'The Affair of the Birmingham Bank', Hazell must guard gold reserves on a train against train robbery.

"The first 'specialty detective'." Ellery Queen on Thorpe Hazell

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 214
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357311380
  • Price : INR 399

Victor L Whitechurch

Victor Lorenzo Whitechurch was born on 12 March 1868, the son of an East Anglian clergyman. He was educated at Chichester Grammar School and then at the Theological College in the same city, whence he was ordained deacon at the age of twenty-three. Various curacies mainly in the Thames Valley took him around the districts until 1904, when he attained his own parish at Blewbury near Didcot

For a man in his thirties, just-promoted, not long married and newly a father, his output was prodigious. Already Whitechurch had published one full-length detective novel, and in the nineteenth century he had begun to produce short stories for markets ranging from The Strand to the newly founded Railway Magazine and a humorous series for the Boy's Own Paper; but in the decade after 1904, his production ran to a book a year as well as many more short stories. The books, furthermore, covered a spectrum including crime, clerical lore, travelogue, locale histories, and autobiography.

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