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  • The Railway Murders

  • A Yorkshire Murder Mystery, Book 8
  • By: J. R. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (92 ratings)

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The Railway Murders

By: J. R. Ellis
Narrated by: Michael Page
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Summary

A puzzling locked-room mystery that puts someone Oldroyd loves in terrible danger…

When a film shoot on Wharfedale’s vintage railway turns into a grisly crime scene, DCI Oldroyd’s idyllic visit to the countryside with his partner Deborah is well and truly stopped in its tracks. One of the film’s stars has been shot dead in a train carriage while the cameras rolled outside. But nobody else went in—or came out. Has the killer really pulled off the perfect, impossible crime?

Scouring the victim’s past for clues, Oldroyd soon unearths a string of heartbroken lovers and a mountain of unpaid debts, each adding to the growing list of suspects. But before he can determine who the culprit is, there’s the small matter of figuring out how they did it. A potential connection to a previous tragedy offers Oldroyd a much-needed lead…

Whoever the perpetrator is, they are ruthless and determined to avoid detection, and when a railway worker starts joining the dots, they are quickly silenced—for good. But as Oldroyd gets ever closer to the truth, it’s only a matter of time before he is given a chilling warning to back off.

Perhaps Deborah should have stayed somewhere safe…

©2022 J. R. Ellis (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“The steady, gravelly voice of longtime narrator Michael Page transports listeners to a present-day film shoot at a vintage railway station.… The railway enthusiasts and assorted actors are portrayed with genuineness, and the locals sound convincingly like Yorkshire folks. While the mystery takes place in the present, there is a charming vintage feel to this production.”AudioFile Magazine

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Great story

As always great story,great performance.I enjoy listening to the JR Ellis books and hope there will be more

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Don't listen if badly pronounced words annoy.

I liked the stories & have lived in several of the cities/towns described in these novels.
However , if they only proof listened to the narration places like Keighley ( Keith-lee) wouldn't be pronounced 'Keeley' & various mispronounced place-names & in the Yorkshire dialect the 't' is silent, though will be there when written. It quite spoiled a good series of books.

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Inventive

Great story and surprises amongst Yorkshires beautiful landscape. Looking forward to their next murder mystery

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Easy listening

Lovely gentle crime story as with all the other books but with the Yorkshire names were pronounced correctly

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Well worth the wait!!

I always eagerly await a new J.R. Ellis and I am never disappointed! The characters, who are already old friends continue to develop more and more and the stories always entertain and keep you guessing. Also the narration is as always top notch!!

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Great story but prefer authentic Yorkshire voice

I enjoyed the story but felt distracted by Michael Page's narration. The narrator tried his best but. as a Yorkshireman, I found his attempt to portray Yorkshire accents was irritating. Worst of all was his pronunciation of the name of the town Keighley. He repeatedly pronounced it "Keeley". The correct pronunciation is "Keith-ly".

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enjoyable

enjoyed the twisting plot all the way to the end.
the voice chariture was okay, but not differentials were not clear enough.

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Good enough story

Nice story but badly voiced with the same type of voice for male and female and a dire Yorkshire accent, worth perseverance thou just for
the story only just some glaring mistakes ie man rings some one then gets shot and at no point did they check his phone calls also previous history of first victim not fully explored right till the end

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Excellent listen

i thourghly enjoyed this series, this last one lives up to the high standard of mystery murder, l also love the character's and love following them through the series
Narration is a wonderful superb with its local accents

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Another great audio book

Loved this mystery, sorry its finished it, i cant wait for next one to come out.

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  • G. Douglas Eddy
  • 05-02-23

Excellent

The story is very good. The narration is excellent. An enjoyable book read by a very skilled narrator. Ellis is always an excellent writer. Can’t wait for the next!!

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  • Eleanor
  • 10-01-23

Hmmmm?

I listened to this book in rather broken intervals so my experience was subpar. But it had a very good reader and the sense of the book was classic British Golden Age only set in a more recent time. The plot and resolution were classic. I did think that it could have a little more zest or eccentricity or charm.

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  • Erin OBrien
  • 04-01-23

Another great one from J. R. Ellis!!

I loved everything about this book: the fantastic plot & subplots, the comforting voice of the narrator and the characters!!

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  • MGS425
  • 22-12-22

Always well done!

I love this series. Oldroyd, Steph, and Andy are such a wonderful group and do such lovely things. I am glad that he also now has Deborah as a love interest and partner. She does find herself in danger in this one and they have to work exceptionally hard to find her and solve the original two murders. The train setting in this is delightful and all of this makes me want to go to Yorkshire. Can't wait to read the next one!

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  • kws
  • 05-12-22

A good one

I really like this series. This one is particularly good. Michael Page wonderful as always.

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  • Gregory
  • 26-11-22

Weakest of the series

I have generally enjoyed this series but I found this one a struggle to get through. The plot to me seems to be a real stretch, especially with how our renowned DCI Oldroyd finally discovers the motive behind the crimes. The narration also was weak, especially with the female characters.
The other problem with this story for me, is the almost overwhelming amount of political correctness that seems to be increasing with each book in the series. It's reached the point of irritating, especially over the last two or three books, but that is merely my opinion. I used to look forward to the latest release by this author but I am in no hurry for the next one.

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  • JAC
  • 26-11-22

Great read

Love the characters and the plot was very creative. Will be looking forward to the next book

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  • Barbara
  • 17-11-22

Disappointed

How many times can you say catastrophic? Loved the series but this was weak. Almost as if ghost writer pinched hit for JREllis. Story was meh, slow and lots of errors in the narration. Hopefully next in the series regains it’s strength.