There’s something so linear and definite about a train journey — it can only take you from A to B, with no possible deviations. Except when murder intervenes, and throws everything off the rails.
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Books and sources:
—The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
—”The Fallow Fields of Fiction” by Arnold Bennett in The Author’s Craft: And Other Critical Writings of Arnold Bennett
—The Edwardian Detective: 1901-15 by Joseph A Kestner
—Thrilling Stories of the Railway by V.L. Whitechurch
—The Cask by Freeman Wills Crofts
—Bloody Murder by Julian Symons
—Masters of the “Humdrum” Mystery: Cecil John Charles Street, Freeman Wills Crofts, Alfred Walter Stewart and the British Detective Novel, 1920-19 by Curtis Evans
—“A Mystery of the Underground” by John Oxenham, collected in Capital Crimes: London Mysteries
—4.50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie
—The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
—The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
—Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
—An Autobiography by Agatha Christie
—The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
—Stamboul Train by Graham Greene
—Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
—The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White
—The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
—The Railway Detective by Edward Marston
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