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 to greet them. Only they never arrive. All the passengers alight but the two women are nowhere to be seen. The train is searched and the coachman swears he saw them board onto first class, 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 simple case of a runaway? Or is there a larger, more sinister conspiracy at work? The Railway Detective must unravel the mystifying web of their disappearance before Imogen and Thoda vanish into oblivion for good.
Publisher: London : Allison & Busby, c2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780749014278
Branch Call Number: M MAR
Characteristics: 383 p. ;,23 cm

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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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