The Body on the Train by Frances Brody

An unidentified body is found on a special train from Yorkshire. In the wake of workers strikes Scotland Yard suspects someone is attempting to fomenting unrest and request that Kate Shackleton investigate. Soon she uncovers another murder. Is it just a coincidence? Kate doesn’t believe in coincidences. The local police have their culprit, but Kate is unconvinced and is determined to uncover the truth.

I was intrigued by the plot for this story and thought it had great potential. Unfortunately, there was too much of an attempt to make the mystery overly complex. The solution was fairly clear from the beginning, and the end was something of an anticlimax. Also, something about the tone of the story-telling did not grab me…there seemed to be no real inflection to it.

I will say that I especially enjoyed learning about the history of the English rhubarb industry and the special Rhubarb Train. And I thought the many of the secondary characters (Phillip, Alex, and Milly) were very compelling. 

My thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane books for the advanced reader copy made available for my review.

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