Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Review - Death on the Scotland Express

Title:   Death on the Scotland Express 
Author:  Fliss Chester
Series:  A Cressida Fawcett Mystery #4
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  288
Date of Publication:  November 27, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars  


Someone on board has a deadly destination in mind… can Cressida stop them before it’s too late?

After an eventful trip to the Scottish Highlands, Cressida Fawcett is looking forward to being back among her society friends in London. Enjoying an ice-cold martini in the lounge car of the express train, loyal pug Ruby on her lap, she’s ready to blow off some steam!

But Cressida’s hopes for a relaxing journey are dashed when a gunshot resounds through the carriages. Industrial tycoon Lewis Warriner has been shot dead in his cabin. And as this train has been racing through the countryside, the culprit must be among Cressy’s fellow passengers…

Teaming up with Detective Andrews of Scotland Yard, also on his way back to London, they work their way through the suspects. Did Warriner’s mistress, a famous dancer, see his death as her ticket on to the silver screen? Or was it the mysterious man who can’t take his eyes off Lewis’s close companion?

When the murder weapon is found in the compartment Mr Warriner’s wife occupies alone, she becomes the chief suspect. Until there’s another gunshot. When Cressida finds out that Andrews is hit, panic sets in, but she must try to stay calm.

But with her friend and co-investigator out of action, can Cressida get the journey, and the investigation, back on track? And will she catch the murderer before they reach their final destination?

Fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss will absolutely love this addictive Golden Age cosy mystery.

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Cressida Fawcett has an eleven-hour train ride ahead of her. Someone has been killed and obviously, there is a killer on the train. While it seems very likely that the victim's wife was the killer, as she had means, motive and opportunity, Cressida is not quite convinced. 

The locked-roomed trope is one of my favorites. With a speeding train, and only so many passengers, it was rather fun trying to guess the identity of the killer right along with Cressida. 

Cressida is not just among strangers on the train ride, Detective Andrews and his partner Kirby are on the train as well. Perhaps with the three of them, they can figure out the killer before the train reaches its destination. 

Death on the Scotland Express is the enjoyable fourth book in a delightful cozy mystery series. As a diehard series fanatic, I have enjoyed this series from the first book, Death Among the Diamonds. However, these cozy mysteries are written in such a way that they each serve well as standalone novels.

Besides being a cozy mystery, this is also a period piece, as the setting was during the early 1920s, and that makes this book and the rest of the series truly enjoyable. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Fliss Chester lives in Surrey with her husband and writes historical cozy crime. When she is not killing people off in her 1940s whodunnits, she helps her husband, who is a wine merchant, run their business. Never far from a decent glass of something, Fliss also loves cooking (and writing up her favourite recipes on her blog), enjoying the beautiful Surrey and West Sussex countryside and having a good natter.


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