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.

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Order of Frankenstein Horror Series

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1 Dragon's Teeth 1973 Description / Buy

Order of Alan Saxon Series

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

Order of Action Scene Series

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

Order of Sin Bin Series

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

Order of Merlin Richards Series

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

Order of Elizabethan Theater Series

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

Order of Domesday Series

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

Order of Dillman & Masefield / Ocean Liner Mysteries Series

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1 Murder on the Lusitania 1999 Description / Buy
2 Murder on the Mauretania 2000 Description / Buy
3 Murder on the Minnesota 2002 Description / Buy
4 Murder on the Caronia 2003 Description / Buy
5 Murder on the Marmora 2004 Description / Buy
6 Murder on the Salsette 2005 Description / Buy
7 Murder on the Oceanic 2006 Description / Buy
8 Murder on the Celtic 2007 Description / Buy

Order of Christopher Redmayne Series

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

Order of Inspector Robert Colbeck Series

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1 The Railway Detective 2004 Description / Buy
2 The Excursion Train 2005 Description / Buy
3 The Railway Viaduct 2006 Description / Buy
4 The Iron Horse 2007 Description / Buy
5 Murder on the Brighton Express 2007 Description / Buy
6 The Silver Locomotive Mystery 2009 Description / Buy
7 Railway to the Grave 2010 Description / Buy
8 Blood on the Line 2011 Description / Buy
9 The Stationmaster's Farewell 2012 Description / Buy
10 Peril on the Royal Train 2013 Description / Buy
11 A Ticket to Oblivion 2014 Description / Buy
12 Timetable of Death 2015 Description / Buy
13 Signal for Vengeance 2016 Description / Buy
14 The Circus Train Conspiracy 2017 Description / Buy
15 A Christmas Railway Mystery 2017 Description / Buy
16 Points of Danger 2019 Description / Buy
17 Fear on the Phantom Special 2019 Description / Buy
18 Slaughter in the Sapperton Tunnel 2020 Description / Buy
19 Tragedy on the Branch Line 2021 Description / Buy
20 The Railway Detective's Christmas Case 2022 Description / Buy
21 Death at the Terminus 2023 Description / Buy
22 Murder in Transit 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Inspector Robert Colbeck Collections

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1 Inspector Colbeck's Casebook 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Captain Rawson Series

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

Order of Home Front Detective Series

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1 A Bespoke Murder 2011 Description / Buy
2 An Instrument of Slaughter 2012 Description / Buy
3 Five Dead Canaries 2013 Description / Buy
4 Deeds of Darkness 2014 Description / Buy
5 Dance of Death 2015 Description / Buy
6 The Enemy Within 2016 Description / Buy
7 Under Attack 2017 Description / Buy
8 The Unseen Hand 2019 Description / Buy
9 Orders to Kill 2021 Description / Buy
10 Danger of Defeat 2023 Description / Buy
11 Spring Offensive 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Bow Street Rivals Series

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

Order of Edward Marston Standalone Novels

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

Order of Edward Marston Short Story Collections

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1 Murder, Ancient And Modern 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Edward Marston Non-Fiction Books

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1 Crime Archive (Short Story) 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Peter Lovesey Short Stories/Novellas with Peter Lovesey

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1 Vandals ( By: Peter Lovesey) 1985 Description / Buy
2 The Crime of Miss Oyster Brown (Short Story) ( By: Peter Lovesey) 1994 Description / Buy
3 A Parrot is Forever (Short Story) ( By: Peter Lovesey) 1996 Description / Buy
4 Corbett Correspondence (Short Story) ( With: Peter Lovesey) 1997 Description / Buy

Edward Marston Anthologies

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1 Malice Domestic 6 1997 Description / Buy
2 The Sunken Sailor 2004 Description / Buy
3 The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 8 2011 Description / 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?

Edward Marston doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Spring Offensive and was released on June, 20th 2024. 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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