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Four Classic Railway Murders on audiotape read by Patrick Malahide  "Classic Railway Murders: Four Unabridged Mysteries" on audiotape [2001]
Read by Patrick Malahide

Total run time: 2 hours 47 minutes; includes "A Warning In Red" (1899) by Victor Whitechurch & E. Conway; "The Mysterious Death On The Underground Railway" (1901} by Baroness Emma Orczy; "The Mysterious Railway Passenger" (1907) by Maurice Leblanc; and "The Mystery of The Sleeping Car Express" (1921) by Freeman Wills Crofts
Audio Partners UNABR audio cassette [3/2001] out of prodn/used
Parallel Lies  "Parallel Lies" [2001] by Ridley Pearson
Ex-cop Peter Tyler is hired to investigate sabotage on the Northern Union Railroad.
Hyperion mass pb [7/2002] for $7.99
Hyperion 9½x6½ hardcover [7/2001] out of print/many used
Brilliance ABR audio CD [6/2004] for $16.99
Last Train to Istanbul novel by Ayse Kulin  "Last Train To Istanbul: A Novel" [Turkish orig 2002; intl bestseller 2013]
by Ayse Kulin, Translated by John W. Baker

A Turkish woman marries a Jewish man and they exile themselves to Paris, France; when Hitler's armies threaten France, the Turkish embassy schedules a train to Istanbul to rescue Turkish & Jewish citizens; won the European Council Jewish Community Best Novel Award.
Kindle Edition from AmazonCrossing [10/2013] for $4.99
AmazonCrossing 8x5½ pb [10/2013] for $7.99
"Der Letzte Zug Nach Istanbul: Roman" [2015]
by Ayse Kulin, Translated by Ute Birgi

Kindle Edition from AmazonCrossing [8/2015] for $4.99
AmazonCrossing 7¼x5 pb [8/2015] for $10.99

Christmas Train  "The Christmas Train" [2002] by David Baldacci
Reporter Tom is banned from flying, due to an 'air rage' incident, so he books a train trip from D.C. to Holly-wood and decides to report on whatever happens on the journey. On the Capitol Limited to Chicago he meets his long-lost true love; on the Southwest Chief to California, his fiancée turns up on board and asks him to marry her – its Christmas, so guess how it turns out?
Kindle Edition from Hachette Book Group [2002 edition] for $5.41
Warner mass pb [11/2004] for $5.69
Warner 8¾x5¾ hardcover [10/2003] for $28.50
Warner UNABR audio CD [11/2004] for $12.80

The White Train suspense novel by Larry Purcell  "The White Train" [2003] by Larry Purcell
A secret train carrying nuclear missiles and protected by anti-terrorist devices vanishes without a trace. The President receives a fax in the Oval Office that is signed by a mysterious militant group, stating a simple ransom demand. But the highly illegal mission must remain secret, or the President's political career is ended.
iUniverse 9x6 pb [9/2003] for $14.95
iUniverse hardcover [9/2003] for $24.95
Two Trains Running book by Lucius Shepard  "Two Trains Running" [2004] by Lucius Shepard
includes Spin Magazine article "The Freight Train Riders of America Story" (1998), the short story 'Jail Bait', and the novella 'Over Yonder'
Golden Gryphon Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [3/2004] for $19.62
Great Locomotive Caper novel by John M. Gilbert  "The Great Locomotive Caper" [2005] by John M. Gilbert
Engine #468 has sat idle for 40 years at a city park. The mayor has made a deal with developers to buy the park, and the old locomotive is to be sold for scrap. Sam and best friend Ralph decide to save it; when no one is willing to help, the two old men decide to steal the 100-ton locomotive . . .
Bookman Publng 7¾x5 pb [4/2005] for $10.76
On The Wrong Track Western mystery novel by Steve Hockensmith  "On The Wrong Track: A Holmes On The Range Mystery" [2007] by Steve Hockensmith
Tired of the cowboy life, the Amlingmeyer brothers take a job as guards for the Pacific Express, and soon are contending with a gang of outlaws, a seductive suffragette, a shady Chinaman, a drunken railroad detective, the King of The Hoboes – and the severed head of the baggage man.
Kindle Edition from Minotaur/Macmillan [2007 edition] for $8.88
Minotaur Books 8¼x5½ pb [1/2008] for $11.91
St. Martin's Minotaur 9¼x6¼ hardcover [3/2007] out of print/used
Tantor Media UNABR audio CD [3/2007] for $28.75
The Chase novel by Clive Cussler  
"The Chase" [2007] by Clive Cussler
In 1950, a rusting steam locomotive is dredged from a Montana lake, with three bodies inside; the backstory goes to 1906 San Francisco and professional detective Isaac Bell's pursuit of a ruthless criminal mastermind.
Kindle Edition from Berkley Penguin [2007 edition] for $9.99
Berkley mass pb [10/2008] for $9.99
Penguin mass pb [10/2008] for $15.50
Putnam Adult 9x6¼ hardcover [11/2007] out of print/hundreds used
Silk Train Murder mystery novel by Sharon Rowse  "The Silk Train Murder: A Mystery of The Klondike Era" [2011] by Sharon Rowse
Set after the Turn of The Century; gentleman/adventurer John Lansdowne Granville takes a job guarding silk trains, along with his friend Sam Scott; when they stumble on a gangster’s corpse, Scott is arrested for murder and Granville seeks answers among the darker elements of Vancouver.
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [1/2011] for $4.99
Three Cedars Press 8½x5½ pb [2/2012] for $13.49
Carroll & Graf 9x6¼ hardcover [1/2008] out of print/40+ used
Pelican Road novel by Howard Bahr  
"Pelican Road: A Novel" [2008] by Howard Bahr
On Christmas Eve in 1940, snow drifts down on the rail line between Meridian, Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana as freight 4512 speeds south toward the northbound Silver Star passenger train.
MacAdam/Cage Publrs 9x6½ hardcover [6/2008] for $16.50
Yard Dog mystery novel by Sheldon Russell (Hook Runyon)  "The Yard Dog: A Hook Runyon Mystery" [#1 = 2009] by Sheldon Russell
Set in the 1940s; when a harmless hobo is found dead in the Waynoka, Oklahoma railyards, one-armed railroad detective Hook Runyon decides that the matter was no accident; his investigation soon turns up a smuggling ring, foul play at the nearby German P.O.W. camp, and the corrupt dealings of a local oil tycoon.author's official website
Kindle Edition from Minotaur Books [9/2009] for $6.99
Minotaur Books 8¼x5½ hardcover [9/2009] for $20.77
The Wrecker novel by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott  "The Wrecker" [2009] by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
Cussler's second Isaac Bell mystery, set in 1907; a mysterious saboteur is wreaking havoc on Southern Pacific's mountainous Cascades division.
Kindle Edition from Berkley Penguin [11/2009] for $9.99
Berkley mass pb [10/2010] for $9.99
Putnam Adult 9¼x6½ hardcover [11/2009] out of print/hundreds used
Super mystery novel by Jim Lehrer  "Super: A Novel" [2010] by Jim Lehrer
A trip on the famous Santa Fe Super Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles (in 1956) involves a murdered railroad passenger agent, with possible links to Clark Gable and to the deaths of Harry S. Truman and a Hollywood movie producer.
Random House 8x5¼ pb [4/2011] for $10.20
Random House 8¼x5½ hardcover [4/2010] for $16.50
Loco Motive mystery novel by Mary Daheim  "Loco Motive: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery" [2010] by Mary Daheim
Seattle innkeeper Judith McMonigle Flynn gets talked into joining her cousin Renie on the Amtrak Empire Builder train to Boston; plot contrivances include a stunt man in a wheel chair, a missing train attendant, and a collision with a trainload of sugar beets.
Kindle Edition from HarperCollins [9/2010] for $6.99
Avon mass pb [4/2011] for $7.99
William Morrow Book Club 8¼x6 hardcover [9/2010] for $23.08
The Insane Train mystery novel by Sheldon Russell (Hook Runyon)  "The Insane Train: A Hook Runyon Mystery" [#2 = 2010] by Sheldon Russell
Set in the 1940s; after a fire burns down the insane asylum in Barstow, California, Hook is assigned to transport the inmates to Oklahoma by rail; his problems include a train that might not make it that far, all but four staff refusing the job transfer, and suspicion that the fire was not accidental.author's website
Kindle Edition from Minotaur Books [11/2010] for $9.99
Minotaur Books 8¼x5½ hardcover [11/2010] for $24.96
Train Dreams novella by Denis Johnson  "Train Dreams: A Novella" [2011] by Denis Johnson
First published in The Paris Review in 2002; an account of the life of an Idaho Panhandle railroad laborer, an ode to the vanished West that captures the splendor of a country that has since lost faith in its own mythology.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux hardcover [8/2011] for $11.30
End of the Line mystery novel by Stephen Legault  "The End of The Line: A Durrant Wallace Mystery" [2011] by Stephen Legault
Set in the Winter of 1884, when construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad has reached the Rocky Mountains. Durrant Wallace was retired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police when he lost a leg during a shootout, since he cannot ride a horse. But when the frozen body of the brutally murdered railroad contruction boss is found in the Bow River, Wallace is brought back to service.
Kindle Edition from TouchWood Editions [9/2011] for $7.69
TouchWood Editions 7¾x5 pb [9/2011] for $15.03
One Way Out crime novel by John Russell Fearn  "One Way Out: A Crime Novel" [2011] by John Russell Fearn
While traveling to Scotland by train, a London financier is confronted by the female secretary that he just sacked; his chief clerk later finds the man standing over her body, stating that she just committed suicide by strychnine; they remove all identification from the body and throw it from the train . . .
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [2/2012] for $2.99 {sic}
Borgo Press 9x6 pb [11/2011] for $13.44
Dead Aggies Don't Drive Trains novel by Don Bemis  "Dead Aggies Don't Drive Trains" [2011] by Don Bemis
Unemployed Rex Albert went wandering along a soon-to-be-abandoned rail line in the New Mexico desert; his decision to turn off at Communicado Junction and explore a hundred-year-old twice-failed townsite leads to all sorts of trouble.
self-publd 9x6 pb [11/2011] for $15.00
author's official website
Old Time Railroad Stories anthology for Kindle edited by Michael Gillespie  "Old Time Railroad Stories: True Adventures, Humorous Tales, and High Melodrama From The Days of Steam" [2012] Edited with Introductions by Michael Gillespie
includes 29 short stories and four news stories; authors include: W.H. Henry (3); Jack London ('Holding Her'); Frank L. Packard (2); Frank H. Spearman ('How McGrath Got An Engine'); Mark Twain ('The Invalid's Story') - and many others
Kindle Edition from Great River Publng [1/2012] for $9.99
Dead Man's Tunnel mystery novel by Sheldon Russell (Hook Runyon)  "Dead Man's Tunnel: A Hook Runyon Mystery" [#3 = 2012] by Sheldon Russell
Set in the 1940s in Colorado; one-armed railroad detective Hook Runyon and his dog Mixer are assigned to a tunnel at the top of America's steepest railroad grade; when one of the Army guards is killed by a train inside the tunnel, suicide is first suspected, then a love triangle gone wrong, but Hook suspects something much more sinister.author's official website
Kindle Edition from Minotaur Books [6/2012] for $12.99
Minotaur Books 8¼x5½ hardcover [6/2012] for $15.79

Inter Rail novel by Alessandro Gallenzi  "Inter Rail: A Novel" [2012] by Alessandro Gallenzi
A young Italian leaves his repressive family and small town to wander around Europe on an InterRail pass; he finds love in Sweden and other adventures in Munich and London and Amsterdam and Montecarlo, and is caught up in international intrigue . . .
Alma Books, Ltd 7½x5¼ pb [10/2013] for $12.14
Alma Books, Ltd 8½x5¼ pb [7/2012] out of print/used
'Running With Mr. Bell' novel by Will Gibson  "Running With Mr. Bell: A Novel" [2013] by Will Gibson
Harold Darden is an Afro-American with a fifth-grade education, so he is pleased and proud to work as a porter for Mr. Pullman, even becoming a trusted advisor to the man on certain company affairs. Harold's nephew Frank from Georgia gets a job at Pullman, but is assigned to work with Claude Bell, who is suspected of being a union leader. (Mr. Pullman hates unions.) Frank's brother Haley also comes up from Georgia, and the tension quickly builds until someone is murdered . . .
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [6/2013] for $3.99
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [6/2013] for $9.99

Trains and Lovers novel by Alexander McCall Smith  "Trains and Lovers: A Novel" [2013] by Alexander McCall Smith
Four travelers on the train from Edinburgh to London pass the time by reminiscing about railway-related events in their past: a Scot tells of a painting that led to a romance; an Australian woman tells of her parents' happy lives running a remote railway station in the Outback; an American sees two men saying goodbye and remem-bers a love affair from long ago; and a young Englishman recalls what happened after he once got off at the wrong station.
Kindle Edition from Random House Digital [6/2013] for $10.99
Pantheon 7¼x5¼ hardcover [6/2013] for $16.67

My Name Is America / Until The Last Spike book by William Durbin  "Until The Last Spike: The Journal of Sean Sullivan, A Transcontinental Railroad Worker, Nebraska and Points West, 1867 (My Name Is America YA Series)"
[ages 8-12; 2013] by William Durbin

Kindle Edition from Scholastic Paperbacks [8/2013] for $5.38
Scholastic Paperbacks 7¾x5¼ pb [8/2013] for $6.99
Turtleback Reprint 7½x5 library hardcover [8/2013] for $15.48
The Hanging of Samuel Ash mystery novel by Sheldon Russell (Hook Runyon)  "The Hanging of Samuel Ash: A Hook Runyon Mystery" [#4 = 2013] by Sheldon Russell
Dispatched to check out a misfunctioning wigwag signal, railroad detective Hook Runyon & his dog Mixer find the body of a young man hanging by a rope from the signal, strangled to death.
Kindle Edition from Minotaur/Macmillan [8/2013] for $7.59
Minotaur Books 8½x5½ pb [8/2013] for $15.00
Minotaur Books 8½x5¾ hardcover [8/2013] for $21.16
Death Rides the Zephyr mystery novel by Janet Dawson  "Death Rides The Zephyr: A Mystery Novel" [2013] by Janet Dawson
Set in December 1952; the California Zephyr streamliner passenger trains from Chicago to California were famous for the Vista Dome cars giving 360-degree views of the scenery; when the train is stalled by a snow storm and someone murders a passenger, Zephyrette {hostess} Jill McLeod must solve the murder before any more terrible events occur.
Kindle Edition from Perseverance Press [9/2013] for $9.99
Perseverance Press 8½x5½ pb [9/2013] for $12.60
Red Sky in Morning novel by Paul Lynch  "Red Sky In Morning: A Novel" [2013] by Paul Lynch
An Irish tenant farmer is threatened with eviction and the confrontation results in the killing of the landlord. The dead man's family sends hired thugs after the fleeing Coll, who endures sea passage to America and finds work on the new (circa 1830s) railroad just in time for an outbreak of cholera.
Kindle Edition from Little, Brown/Hachette [11/2013] for $6.49
Back Bay Books 8¼x5½ pb [10/2014] for $12.34
Little, Brown & Co. 8½x6 hardcover [11/2013] for $20.60
Martin Harbottle's Appreciation of Time novel by Dominic Utton  "Martin Harbottle's Appreciation of Time: A Novel" [2014] by Dominic Utton
A modern epistolary novel, i.e. all emails; after moving to the suburbs and commuting daily to London for fourteen months, Dan finds the email address of the railroad president and sends him a series of complaints about the daily inconveniences due to chronic railroad service delays; surprisingly, the railroad man replies in a kindly manner and the two men are soon engaged in a deeply-connected conversation.
Kindle Edition from Oneworld Publns [1/2014] for $3.22 {sic}
Oneworld Publns 7¾x5 pb [2/2014] for $12.83
Slocum and the Bullet Express book #422 by Jake Logan  "Slocum and The Bullet Express" [2014] by Jake Logan
Cowboy John Slocum has reached bottom (again) and his only way to elude bounty hunters and get out of San Diego is to stow away on the Yuma Bullet Express train; being hired to guard a railroad magnate’s beautiful daughter seems like good luck, but he soon finds himself facing down her outlaw fiancé – and marauding Apache war parties.
Kindle Edition from Jove/Penguin [3/2014] for $5.98
Jove Books mass pb [3/2014] for $6.99
Stranger on the Train novel by Abbie Taylor  "The Stranger On The Train: A Novel" [2014] by Abbie Taylor
While single mother Emma struggles to load her stroller & bags onto a train in the London Under-ground, her 13-month-old son climbs into the car without her and the door closes. As the train pulls away, a woman on board indicates Emma should take the next train and get off at the next stop, where she will wait with the boy. But after meeting up, Emma returns from the lavatory to find the woman and her son gone . . .
Kindle Edition from Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [5/2014] for $10.93
Atria Books 8¼x5¼ pb [5/2014] for $12.34
The Railwayman's Wife novel by Ashley Hay  "The Railwayman's Wife: A Novel" [2014] by Ashley Hay
In 1948 in seacoast Australia, a wife and mother suddenly becomes 'just another postwar widow'.
Kindle Edition from Atria/Simon & Schuster [4/2016] for $13.99
Allen & Unwin 9¼x6¼ pb [8/2014] out of print/used
Allen & Unwin 7¾x5 pb [8/2014] out of print/used
Atria Books 9x6 hardcover [4/2016] for $13.00
The Railroad Man suspense novel by John V. Pasquariello  "The Railroad Man" [2014] by John V. Pasquariello
An ex-New Jersey state cop has reached bottom, now leading a dull life as a railroad cop – until he pulls a young woman from a boxcar who spills a wild tale about being kidnapped, computer biometrics, and a mysterious rail shipment due the next morning. He figures she is a nutcase, until shadowy special ops military types take her away from him . . .
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [2/2014] for $2.99 {sic}
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [6/2014] for $14.99
Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Thrilling Stories of The Railway for BBC Radio album on CD  "Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Thrilling Stories of The Railway" [2014]
by Victor L. Whitechurch [1868-1933]

B.B.C. Books audio CD [7/2014] for $14.95
five stories by Rev. Whitechurch published in 1912 featuring vegetarian railway detective Thorpe Hazell: "The Affair of The Birmingham Bank", "The Affair of The Corridor Express", "The Affair of The German Dispatch Box", "Sir Gilbert Murrell's Picture", and "The Stolen Necklace"
The Rail Queen railroad novel by B.J. Scott  
"The Rail Queen: A Novel" [2014] by B.J. Scott
Set in Montana in 1884; seventeen-year-old schoolgirl Ryka Sundstrom dreams of doing what no girl has ever done - build a railroad. She gets closer and closer and eventually has a showdown with the feared Empire Builder of the Great Northern Railway, James J. Hill
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [12/2014] for $4.49
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [11/2014] for $13.81
Pullman Hilton Christmas Mystery book by Charlie Ryan  "The Pullman Hilton: A Christmas Mystery" [ages 12-18; 2015] by Charlie Ryan
Author grew up on Maple Street in Keyser, West Virginia - the setting for this novel of seven kids who find adventure and danger at the local railroad passenger car salvage yard.
Kindle Edition from Single Star [1/2015] for $6.99
The Girl on the Train mystery novel by Paula Hawkins  "The Girl On The Train: A Novel" [2015] by Paula Hawkins
Rachel commutes by train to and from London each day, and becomes intrigued with a particular couple, often seen in their backyard. Then one day Rachel sees the woman kissing another man, and the next day the woman goes missing . . .
Kindle Edition from Riverhead/Penguin [1/2015] for $10.99
Riverhead Books 9½x6½ hardcover [1/2015] for $16.17
The Orphan's Tale novel by Pam Jenoff  "The Orphan's Tale: A Novel" [2017] by Pam Jenoff
A village teenager is impregnated by a Nazi soldier; the baby is taken away from her and she is given a job cleaning the railway staiton. She finds a railcar of babies and steals one of them and runs away, landing with a traveling circus, where she is trained by a Jewish aerialist . . .
Kindle Edition from MIRA/Harlequin Digital Sales [2/2017] for $9.99
MIRA 9x6 pb [2/2017] for $10.43
MIRA 9½x6½ hardcover [2/2017] for $17.70
Bridge Troll Murders mystery novel by Sheldon Russell (Hook Runyon)  "The Bridge Troll Murders: A Hook Runyon Mystery" [#5 = 2017] by Sheldon Russell
Lately stuck in an office job, railroad detective Hook Runyon is glad to get out in the field when the body of a local girl is found 60 miles down the line; on the negative side, he is asked to solve the case before the news-papers get wind of it, and he is told to let an aspiring criminologist from Back East tag along.
Roadrunner Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [11/2017] for $23.89

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