‘The Dublin Railway Murder’ by Thomas Morris

My Review (5 stars out of 5)


Dublin, November 1856: When the chief cashier of the Broadstone railway terminus is found dead in his office, his colleagues assume he must have committed suicide. But further investigation uncovers the truth – George Little has been murdered. Most baffling is the fact that Little’s office door has been locked from inside with no sign of a key, and no obvious means for the killer to escape. With a great deal of cash left lying around in the office, this true locked-room mystery soon has Dublin police running rings round themselves.

Superbly narrated by Brendan Dempsey, this complicated case is told in great detail, giving a real sense of the atmosphere that must have surrounded the police and their many suspects at the time. What is most thrilling are the twists and turns as detectives and lawyers track down suspects, only to come up against a series of dead ends. When the case finally gets to court, yet more shenanigans ensue, and a guilty verdict continues to elude those convinced they have the right man.  

A fascinating and thoroughly entertaining book.

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