Robert Colbeck, dubbed the Railway Detective by the newspapers, is investigating another murder. As a train was being unloaded, a hatbox falls from the hands of a porter and shocks all nearby when it pops open on impact to reveal a severed head. Who would want to transport such a deadly message in a fancy hat box? And who was it meant to scare?
Soon, Colbeck and Leeming find out the hat box was stolen and it just so happens the buyer has a horse that will run in the Debry. They realize that the severed head has to be connected. This is the fourth book I have read in the series I have read. The story flows well and I became hooked. However, toward the end, I began to feel the story dragged a bit. Luckily, the story picked back up speed and ended with a thrilling conclusion.