Edward Marston Books

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Edward Marston is a pen name that author Keith Miles uses. He writes historical fiction and mystery novels. He turned to writing fiction in the eighties, and by the year 1986, he published his first novel (which was called “Bullet Hole”). It was the first in a series about a professional golfer that becomes an amateur detective. The bulk of the work that Keith Miles uses, have been published under the Edward Marston name.

Order of Frankenstein Horror Series

1Dragon's Teeth 1973Description / Buy

Order of Alan Saxon Series

1Bullet Hole 1986Description / Buy
2Double Eagle 1987Description / Buy
3Green Murder 1990Description / Buy
4Bermuda Grass 2002Description / Buy
5Honolulu Play-Off ( As: Keith Miles) 2004Description / Buy
6Flagstick 2012Description / Buy

Order of Action Scene Series

1Bushranger (Short Story) 1987Description / Buy
2Skydive (Short Story) 1987Description / Buy
3Seabird (Short Story) 1987Description / Buy
4Snowstorm (Short Story) 1988Description / Buy

Order of Sin Bin Series

1Iggy (Short Story) 1988Description / Buy
2Melanie (Short Story) 1988Description / Buy
3Tariq (Short Story) 1989Description / Buy
4Bev (Short Story) 1989Description / Buy

Order of Merlin Richards Series

1Murder in Perspective 1997Description / Buy
2Saint's Rest 1999Description / Buy

Order of Elizabethan Theater Series

1The Queen's Head 1988Description / Buy
2The Merry Devils 1989Description / Buy
3The Trip to Jerusalem 1990Description / Buy
4The Nine Giants 1991Description / Buy
5The Mad Courtesan 1992Description / Buy
6The Silent Woman 1992Description / Buy
7The Roaring Boy 1995Description / Buy
8The Laughing Hangman 1996Description / Buy
9The Fair Maid of Bohemia 1997Description / Buy
10The Wanton Angel 1999Description / Buy
11The Devil's Apprentice 2001Description / Buy
12The Bawdy Basket 2002Description / Buy
13The Vagabond Clown 2003Description / Buy
14The Counterfeit Crank 2004Description / Buy
15The Malevolent Comedy 2005Description / Buy
16The Princess of Denmark 2006Description / Buy

Order of Domesday Series

1The Wolves of Savernake 1993Description / Buy
2The Ravens of Blackwater 1994Description / Buy
3The Dragons of Archenfield 1995Description / Buy
4The Lions of the North 1996Description / Buy
5The Serpents Of Harbledown 1996Description / Buy
6The Stallions of Woodstock 1997Description / Buy
7The Hawks of Delamere 1998Description / Buy
8The Wildcats of Exeter 1998Description / Buy
9The Foxes of Warwick 1999Description / Buy
10The Owls of Gloucester 2000Description / Buy
11The Elephants of Norwich 2000Description / Buy

Order of Christopher Redmayne Series

1The King's Evil 1999Description / Buy
2The Amorous Nightingale 2000Description / Buy
3The Repentant Rake 2001Description / Buy
4The Frost Fair 2003Description / Buy
5The Parliament House 2006Description / Buy
6The Painted Lady 2007Description / Buy

Order of Inspector Robert Colbeck Series

1The Railway Detective 2004Description / Buy
2The Excursion Train 2005Description / Buy
3The Railway Viaduct 2006Description / Buy
4The Iron Horse 2007Description / Buy
5Murder on the Brighton Express 2007Description / Buy
6The Silver Locomotive Mystery 2009Description / Buy
7Railway to the Grave 2010Description / Buy
8Blood on the Line 2011Description / Buy
9The Stationmaster's Farewell 2012Description / Buy
10Peril on the Royal Train 2013Description / Buy
11A Ticket to Oblivion 2014Description / Buy
12Timetable of Death 2015Description / Buy
13Signal for Vengeance 2016Description / Buy
14The Circus Train Conspiracy 2017Description / Buy
15A Christmas Railway Mystery 2017Description / Buy
16Points of Danger 2019Description / Buy
17Fear on the Phantom Special 2019Description / Buy
18Slaughter in the Sapperton Tunnel 2020Description / Buy
19Tragedy on the Branch Line 2021Description / Buy

Order of Inspector Robert Colbeck Collections

1Inspector Colbeck's Casebook 2014Description / Buy

Order of Captain Rawson Series

1Soldier of Fortune 2008Description / Buy
2Drums of War 2008Description / Buy
3Fire and Sword 2009Description / Buy
4Under Siege 2010Description / Buy
5A Very Murdering Battle 2011Description / Buy

Order of Home Front Detective Series

1A Bespoke Murder 2011Description / Buy
2An Instrument of Slaughter 2012Description / Buy
3Five Dead Canaries 2013Description / Buy
4Deeds of Darkness 2014Description / Buy
5Dance of Death 2015Description / Buy
6The Enemy Within 2016Description / Buy
7Under Attack 2017Description / Buy
8The Unseen Hand 2019Description / Buy
9Orders to Kill 2021Description / Buy

Order of Bow Street Rivals Series

1Shadow of the Hangman 2015Description / Buy
2Steps to the Gallows 2017Description / Buy
3Date with the Executioner 2017Description / Buy
4Fugitive from the Grave 2018Description / Buy
5Rage of the Assassin 2021Description / Buy

Order of Edward Marston Standalone Novels

1Ambridge Summer 1975Description / Buy
2The Warrior Kings 1978Description / Buy
3Marco Polo 1982Description / Buy
4We'll Meet Again 1982Description / Buy
5Breaks 1983Description / Buy
6Boys from the Blackstuff 1984Description / Buy
7Finest Swordsman in All France 1984Description / Buy

Order of Edward Marston Short Story Collections

1Murder, Ancient And Modern 2005Description / Buy

Order of Edward Marston Non-Fiction Books

1Crime Archive (Short Story) 2008Description / Buy

Edward Marston Anthologies

1 Malice Domestic 61997Description / Buy
2 The Sunken Sailor2004Description / Buy
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The name comes from John Marston; who was an Elizabethan playwright. Miles has also written more than forty original plays for theater, radio, and television. He has worked as a director, an actor, and manager of his own professional fringe theater company. Marston has even taught drama in a prison and worked at Pinewood (a film company) as a story editor. Keith Miles was brought up and born in Wales. He studied the subject of Modern History at Oxford and then lectured the subject for three years. Then he became a full-time writer, working freelance.

Under the Edward Marston name, he has written the “Home Front Detective” series, the “Bow Street Rivals”, the “Railway Detective” series, the “Captain Rawson” series, the “Domesday” series, the “Restoration” series, and the “Elizabethan Theatre” series (which is also called the “Nicholas Bracewell” series, its namesake stars). He has also written some short stories and a non fiction book.


“The Roaring Boy” was nominated for an Edgar Award in the best novel in the year 1996.


For those readers looking to get into novels by Edward Marston, this section will help with that. It will go over the novels “The Queen’s Head”, “The Merry Devils”, and “The Trip to Jerusalem”.

The Queen’s Head: This is the first novel in the “Elizabethan Theatre” series and was released in the year 1988. In the year 1587, Mary (Queen of Scots) is executed and her head rolls across the platform; it does not have the auburn wig attached anymore. Is this going to end all of the plotting that goes on against Mary’s redheaded cousin, named Elizabeth?

The next year (1588, the year of the Spanish Armada) is a scary time; there is a lot of terror and triumph going on, for all of England (not just the court or the queen). All of this turmoil is seen in the theater, and the galleries of the inns (like London’s “The Queen’s Head”) where the Men of Lord Westfield perform.

After an actor is murdered, the book holder for the company (named Nicholas Bracewell) faces two consequences. As book holder, he has a bigger role than a producer would. He has to get a replacement that will acceptable to the temperamental star of the show (named Lawrence Firethorn). He has to catch the killer of Will Fowler, like he promised Will right as he died.

The Merry Devils: This is the second novel in the “Elizabethan Theatre” series and was released in the year 1989. Nicholas Bracewell, is fresh off succeeding at holding the strained players’ company together. At the same time, a treasonous plot against the queen is about to make “The Queen’s Head” ring with laughter. This is because “The Merry Devils”, a new comedy, is about to premiere.

The gloomy landlord is certain that mischief will be the result of the whole thing. All Nicholas sees is just a harmless comedy that is not going to have real devils come to life, just a pair of actors that are great tumblers. How can it be possible then, that three devils appear on stage during the crucial scene of the show? One of which even looks quite real, disturbingly enough. There is one imp that lies dead, in the deviltry that follows the whole thing.

The Trip to Jerusalem: This is the third novel in the “Elizabethan Theatre” series and was released in the year 1990. London is being taken over by the Black Plague, making the theaters close and the frightened citizens are going to the country. Lord Westfield’s Men choose to go on the road, as it is a safer place to be, and tour the North. Before they are supposed to go, one of the players is murdered.

They travel, this company (managed by Nicholas Bracewell) finds out that Banbury’s Men (Lord Westfield’s Men’s chief rivals) have been stealing their best works. They try to shake Banbury’s Men off, and an actor (named Lawrence Firethorn) later takes them to York. All is revealed here in a performance that is quite thrilling.

When Does The Next Edward Marston book come out?

The next book by Edward Marston is Orders to Kill and will be released on October, 21st 2021. It is the newest book in the Home Front Detective Series.


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  1. It’s always fascinating to me how an author can write so many different series, and they all are highly entertaining. For the most part, that is the case with Edward Marston (Keith Miles). My favorite series is The Railway Detective series, even though it’s incredibly frustrating that Inspector Colbeck tries to solve his cases based solely on his intuition rather than digging for clues and facts. Nevertheless, the novels are very entertaining.

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