I read this in ebook form, a Kindle compilation of British Mysteries. Except for the review cited at the end of this post, the author is new to me.
Thrilling Stories of the Railway by Victor L. Whitechurch, 1912.
“Peter Craine’s Cigars”
“The Tragedy On the London and Mid-Northern”
“The Affair of the Corridor Express”
“Sir Gilbert Murrell’s Picture”
“How the Bank Was Saved”
“The Affair of the German Dispatch-Box”
“How the Bishop Kept His Appointment”
“The Adventure of the Pilot Engine”
“The Stolen Necklace”
“The Mystery of the Boat Express”
“How the Empress Was Saved”
“A Case of Signaling”
“Winning the Race”
“The Ruse That Succeeded”
Victor Lorenzo Whitechurch (1868 – 1933) was a Church of England clergyman and author. He wrote many novels on different themes. He is probably best known for his detective stories featuring Thorpe Hazell, which appeared in the Strand Magazine, Railway Magazine, Pearson’s and Harmsworth’s Magazines. Hazell was a vegetarian railway detective, whom the author intended to be as far from Sherlock Holmes as possible. He appears in about half of these stories.
The first of these stories is about a smuggler of cigars, the second is about a passenger killed mysteriously while in his locked compartment. The rest, well, you’ll have to find out for yourself.
For a nice review of the book, see Pretty Sinister Books here. It’s where I got the cover image. Thanks, John!
It’s funny. I could have sworn I had this one, but I don’t. I read one story recently in a Martin Edwards anthology (I remember the vegetarian thing) and may have read it at one point, but for the price (99 cents!) I couldn’t resist it.
When I was buying and selling books, I had several Whitechurch books, one (MURDER AT THE COLLEGE) in the White Circle paperback edition. I did read one of his novels, probably MURDER AT THE PAGEANT. But that was probably 40 years ago.
Yes, I think one of these was in one of Edwards’ anthologies, though I can’t say which. I was tempted to ty a novel, but have so much else in hand…
New author to me also, Rick. I have purchased the ebook now, definitely worth a try. I like that many of the stories have the same protagonist.
New authors can be fun, especially old ones. Maybe railroad stories will fit into one of your many challenges.
I’ve read a few of the stories over the years, Rick, and it may be time to read the entire book. Whitechurch was fairly popular in his day but readers now tend to scratch their heads and say, ‘Who?”
Exactly, Jerry. I enjoyed this collection.
Just FYI – we got text messages from NYU Langone this afternoon, and Jackie was able to schedule us for the first shot of the vaccine tomorrow morning at 8:20. In New York you need to be 65 or older. Now she is relieved.
Hooray for Jackie!
Good for her! Good for anyone who can get one. Still looks to be a long time for us.
I’m always interested in mysteries that take place on trains. So was Agatha Christie. The supply of vaccine is increasing in our area so more people are getting their shots. Hang in there! Your chance will be here before you and Barbara know it!
So will Christmas, George. The whole thing is a massive screw-up and I’m disgusted by it. When Oregon decided to vaccinate all incarcerated persons BEFORE seniors, that was about it for me. I’m extremely angry. I feel that, since I’m not in medicine, teaching or prison, I don’t matter.