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4.0 out of 5 stars
Lost Luggage Porter, 26 Feb 2012
I like Andrew Martin's detective. I am not a great fan of the genre, but this one appeals to me. He is not really a maverick or outsider in the usual style, apart from an over-fondness for railways and a tendency to act or speak his mind when it might be wiser not to do so. The storylines might not be particularly sophistocated, but what makes these books work is the atmosphere Martin creates, the array of odd yet recognisable characters, and the earthy sense of humour. The Edwardian era is conjured up without excessive detail but with just the right balance of description and an authentic-feeling dialogue. It probably helps to be fond of railways and steam engines, but it is not essential. I think the best works have been the Lost Luggage Porter and the Last Train to Scarborough, and I am enjoying Somme Stations at the moment.