A DI Crosier murder mystery – win a free copy

When Railway Detective Inspector Crosier finished his work for the day – not that DI’s are ever really off duty – he would often drop in at the Crewe Arms Hotel, for a tipple – yes, I’ve heard them all before. On his way he’d stop to admire the view from the road bridge over Crewe station, especially if there was a steam train on the move.

Straight ahead, you can see the West Coast Main Line route to Scotland. Crosier will have to travel this line a few times, taking with him his attractive assistant Sergeant Claire Cardin, of course and who really fancies him, in his search for the killers.

If he’d slipped out for a late lunch on a summer Saturday, he may have bumped into the man who took this photograph, Mr Ben Brooksbank, and seen this train winding its way across the points to platform 6. It’s the 13.20 Llandudno Summer Saturday express returning to Derby, coming off the Chester line, headed by LMS ‘Jubilee’ 6P 4-6-0 No. 45700 ‘Amethyst’ piloting Stanier black 5 4-6-0 45026.

Crosier loved steam trains but as this picture taken on 19 July 1958 shows, you can see the masts are already being erected for electrification. The first service commenced to Manchester – the line to the right – 18 months later. Dozens of train-spotters crowd the end of Platform 4 – in the days when trains were interesting.

Now here is your chance to win a free copy of my murder mystery.

There’s a unique relationship between the Crewe Arms Hotel and Crewe railway station. I’m offering the first 3 people who sign up to my blog and post what it is, a free copy of my murder mystery novel. The novel is not available yet, but it will be worth your while waiting – well that’s what Crosier says. Follow this blog for further news and five more chances, over the coming months, to win a free copy.




3 comments so far

  1. Alan Tipple on

    Hi Paul

    It was of course the first railway station in the world to have its very own hotel!!
    As we are family will this be allowed as an entry?


    • edwintipple on

      Um, now there’s an embarrassing question. No not the question I asked, but the family thing.
      I should have put in some long legal thing about relatives applying, but hey, you did some reading once so, I guess you’ll qualify.
      I’ll confirm if it’s the right answer when I’ve reviewed all the comments.
      I hope you signed up for the newsletter!

      • Alan Tipple on

        People only have to put the question into google and it comes up so expect many replies lol
        I think I signed up for the newsletter – it all got rather confusing but I had had rather a lot of red wine!!

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