Death Rides the Zephyr

Death Rides the Zephyr

A Mystery

Book - 2013
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Christmas 1952: the holiday crush is at the train station. Zephyrette (think flight attendant) Jill McLeod welcomes her passengers aboard as they leave the San Francisco Bay area and wend eastward to Denver and then Chicago. As Jill learns more about the train's guests, the University of California, Berkeley, grad notices that several of them have connections to Los Alamos, NM, including a noted physicist from Berkeley. All is going well until a string of petty thefts mount up, and then, shockingly, the professor is found murdered in his compartment.
Publisher: McKinleyville, California : John Daniel & Company, [2013]
ISBN: 9781564745309
Branch Call Number: M DAWSON JANET
Characteristics: 226 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 18, 2018

Replete with stereotypical characters and stock situations this is not this author's best outing - by far. The event that gets this book classified as a murder mystery doesn't even happen until you are 3/4 the way into the book. Top-heavy with train info, train history, California and Colorado history this is a slow read at best. And the conclusion - most unsatisfactory. She winds it all up by cramming a far-fetched explanation and solution into the last chapter. Don't waste your time. Unless you need something to make you sleep or just love trains and train lore.

Nov 12, 2016

The first book in the California Zephyr Mystery serie

Sep 15, 2016

Train lovers will love this glimpse of a life spent riding the rails on this unique streamliner that originally operated from its inauguration on March 19, 1949 to its final westbound run from Chicago to Oakland on March 22, 1970.

Jun 25, 2014

What starts out as an homage to a classic Agatha Christie whodunit, instead is nothing more than a very detailed description of the historic train California Zephyr. Interesting history lesson that makes me want to travel like that, but the mystery takes backseat, and isn't all that interesting.

Apr 22, 2014

Interesting story of railroad travel in the early 1950s. The mystery part takes forever to occur and then the book is over.


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