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Death on a Branch Line (Jim Stringer Steam Detective 5)

Death on a Branch Line (Jim Stringer Steam Detective 5) [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Martin
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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`It has the best title yet ... this one is just right.'
-- Time Out

`Offers a snap-shot into a beautifully realised Victorian world.' -- Independent - 50 Best Summer Reads

`The story builds up a good head of steam early on and rattles along nicely to a satisfying conclusion.' -- Guardian

Book Description

Jim Stringer has 48 hours to uncover the truth in the fifth book in the widely celebrated ‘Steam Detective’ series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 379 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Crime (2 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI91GW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andrew Martin grew up in Yorkshire. After qualifying as a barrister, he won The Spectator Young Writer of the Year Award, 1988. Since, he has written for The Guardian, the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, the Independent and Granta, among many other publications. His columns have appeared in the Independent on Sunday and the New Statesman. His Jim Stringer novels - railway thrillers - have been published by Faber and Faber since 2002.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death on a Branch Line, Andrew Martin: 10 Aug 2008
Andrew Martin's Death on a Branch Line is the 5th railway detective novel of a 6 book series. They are all excellent but this latest book underlines his great writing skill through its movement and stillness, and a handful of compelling quirky characters. Tension is achieved by a race against the clock; the sleepy Yorkshire village is curiously empty. I couldn't put the book down once I'd started, and I was frustrated to have rushed through to the last page so hastily. I didn't want it to end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...but... 19 Feb 2010
I have been reading Martin's Jim Stringer books since his very first, and they are entertaining and nicely written, full of good period atmosphere and have some excellent characters- though oddly, I have never quite warmed to Stringer himself, though his wife is a great personality, and is Stringer's fiery 'Chief'. Perhaps it is because it is written in the first person (never easy) Stringer does not say much about himself or how he looks?

Still, I like his books and snap them up. This one is perfectly readable, ticks most of the boxes..but the plot is very ill-defined. I was left not wholly convinced about the setting up of the situation, and his attempts to create a series of potentially threatening characters all visiting this sunny country station and village, is not really very gripping and it meanders.

I felt that Martin needed to take a hold of the plot and tighten it all up, inject some more pace and genuine tension into it, and drive everything forwards.

However, it is not a failure by any means, and I would suggest that it is worth reading, but perhaps not as a starting point in the Jim Stringer series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series 10 Mar 2014
By M. Chan
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This series of historical detective novels just keeps getting better! Full of background detail - partic about the railway system in early 20th century - it never descends into a treatise and the main characters become increasingly rounded and interesting as they develop over time. A real sense of menace is sustained as Railway Detective Jim Stringer doggedly continues to pursue his case despite dangerous high-society opposition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars jim stringer detective 27 Oct 2013
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As previously mentioned this detective is very good and brings the past back to life,as though you are actually there.
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By Dave
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I'd give the previous books in this series a 4 star rating, but this is better than those.

Maybe its because of the pre-war themes, or maybe its because Jims wife Lydia features much more in this book, but I hurried through this unable to put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Death on a Branch Line 23 Jan 2013
By Sophia
Jim Stringer, railway detective, meets convicted murderer Hugh Lambert at York station and is convinced Hugh is not guilty even though he is to face the death penalty in just over 48hours. Jim had intended to spend the weekend in Scarborough with his wife Lydia but instead they travel to an isolated Yorkshire village to try and prevent another murder which Hugh fears may happen.

Jim and Lydia soon find things are not as simple as they thought and they start seeing threats behind every tree in the woods surrounding the village. Everyone is a suspect and it is not until close to the end of the book that the whole thing is revealed as far more complicated than Jim had supposed.

This is an unusual story set in 1911 when war is imminent and there are potential spies everywhere. The characters are interesting and believable and I particularly liked Lydia with her down to earth attitudes and her interest in the struggle for women's votes. The story is well written and the plot intricate enough to keep the reader guessing until very near the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 16 Mar 2014
Superb local colour, with the North Yorkshire countryside expertly portrayed.
A plot full of twists and turns, dead ends, and the reddest herrings imaginable. It's also thoroughly plausible, and ultimately quite moving, as well as being a tense and gripping race against the clock.
The characterisation is as good as ever : Jim Stringer is his usual Yorkshire self - plain-speaking and slightly cynical, but never overbearing. He again comes across as well-meaning and mildly heroic, and in this novel he's not slow off the mark, taking effective action early on, and finally grasping the nettle just in time.
His wife Lydia's part in the story shows how their excellent relationship extends beyond the home, and she again reveals her intelligence and strength of character, as well as some of her 'personal preferences' in the bedroom! Stringer's boss, the Chief, shows himself to be a bigger fish than was previously thought, and a more professional one, and his relationship with Jim is nicely revealed as a mutual respect based around the job and the pub.
The novel maintains the high standard of the previous one in the series, and Mr. Martin shows how his stories do not necessarily have to be anchored entirely on the railways.
A thoroughly absorbing read.
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This is one of the Jim Stringer stories, set before and during 1st World War. Fascinating! Well worth investing in the whole series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This isn't the best book I've read from Andrew Martin but it held my attention like so many novels the endings seem to run out of steam.
Published 8 months ago by M. Garey
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I found this book, my second Jim Stringer read, rather slow, with a lot of rather unbelievable characters in it.
Published 11 months ago by Jenny M
3.0 out of 5 stars Where are the characters?
Andrew Martin hails from Yorkshire, and he is fascinated by railways (he has has recently made an excellent BBC documentary on the social impact of railways since their... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Michael Tracy
3.0 out of 5 stars backwards from Somme Stations
The actual book was a bit of a disappointment after having read Somme Stations first - not as strong a story and doesnt capture the N. Yorks area in the same way. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Wrxhm man
3.0 out of 5 stars Each one better than the last
This set of books get better as you read each one.
As a mainly "just before I go to sleep" reader this series is ideal. Read more
Published on 28 April 2012 by Albatross
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD READ SPOILT
As with the previous five books in this series, this is an excellent read spoilt by the gratuitous introduction at intervals of four-letter words. Read more
Published on 7 April 2011 by Mr. R. Hurst
4.0 out of 5 stars a little contrived
This is my first of the `steam detective `books and it wont be my last but it was oddly unsatisfying. Read more
Published on 27 July 2010 by A. Browne
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