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The Lost Luggage Porter (Jim Stringer Book 3) Kindle Edition
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- Book 3 of 9 in Jim Stringer (9 Book Series)
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This book is much better than the Necropolis Railway. There is alot more going on and a little bit less emphasis on train terminology. The book flows very well and it holds your attention because you wonder what Jim Stringer is basically letting himself in for.
I like the character of Jim's wife even though she's not actually in this story a great deal, she does come across as somebody with a good brain who wants to do something with it.
Good read, which I would recommend.
First, Andrew Martin writes really well and his powers of description are fabulous. He brings every milieu vividly to life, and with a few words can describe characters so that you would recognise them if you met them.
Second, the first person voice allows him to show off his Edwardian English. I bought The Necropolis Railway because I heard Mr Martin on Radio 4 enthusing about Edwardian slang, and he certainly has a splendid grasp of the subject.
Third, I can't help but be drawn to his main character. Jim is not really likeable but he is terribly believable: stubborn, geeky, more than a bit odd. I particularly liked the way in this book he prevaricates and puts off what he knows he needs to do until he is absolutely driven to it - very realistic, I felt.
The plots are really quite thin and because Jim (not the world's clearest thinker, unlike his wife) is telling you about them, they mostly seem even murkier than they are. But I go on reading for the sheer enjoyment of the recreation of the historical context.
I suppose I enjoy these books because they are really well-crafted historical fiction, and not for the crime or railway aspects!
As a mainly "just before I go to sleep" reader this series is ideal. The chapters are not too long and the plots are never too complex.
Major literary works they are not but as a window on Edwardian life they seem pretty accurate and as a railway enthusiast the background settings are perfect.
Stringer’s real passion in life is driving trains but this ambition has been curtailed after he crashed a train at Halifax station. His wife, Lydia, an enterprising suffragist, is expecting their first baby and the detective’s mood swings between the optimism of his family life, worry about his wife’s behavior and condition, and pessimism about the job he has undertaken, largely at Lydia’s behest.
The author’s knowledge of early 20th-century railways is beyond question but occasionally the detail becomes somewhat claustrophobic. The characters are broadly drawn but, as the book continued, I found myself getting more engaged with the investigation and with the tensions between Lydia [‘the wife’] and Stringer’s Conservative-supporting father, a retired-butcher, who has a traditional opinion of the role of women.
As Stringer’s underground investigation continues his ethical and moral concerns, allied to his inexperience, are very evident. He must prove himself by taking part in the gang’s criminal activities but is unsure whether he has overstepped the mark and whether and when his railway police colleagues will come to his rescue.Read more ›
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A good read for the railway enthusiast and all those that enjoy a good whodunnit.Published 4 months ago by J. Mosse
A good read with mostly believable period detail, although rather surprising his bike never got stolen - even in those (supposedly) more honest days; by leaving it outside the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. H. Liddell
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