4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
poor , very very poor
, 23 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Night Train to Jamalpur (Jim Stringer) (Hardcover)
sorry but im struggling to finish this one, if it was the 1st stringer novel, id read i wouldnt struggle to the end, and certainly wouldnt read any more. i thought the last one was bad and things could only get better. to make sure it wasnt just me, i re read the necropolis railway, blackpool highflyer , lost luggage porter , murder at deviation junction and death on a branch line. it wasnt me , the writing seems to have changed. up to now im about 80 pages from the end , the plot is thin, drawn out and dragging , the quaint and cosy period details, that kept you gripped in the earlier books are not there, yes i expect a good twist will come at the end of this one, but its not enough im afraid. i think the style changed a bit on last train to scarborough with the tooing and froing as if the author was looking for a new direction and the somme stations started well but ran too thin and unbelievable by the end and i was strugglin to finish. surely there are enough storys and plots to be found amongst the long disappeared mist and gas light of long disappeared branch lines in the yorkshire - N.E.R areas. shame , i really enjoyed the earlier books , and enjoyed them on second read but i wont re read anything after the somme stations. look at the book covers for the earlier books, with a scrap book like look compared to this one. like the storys themselves the covers have also lost their appeal and magic. if i were to ask andrew martin one thing it would be this , will you go back and do some prequel or infill books, why not track down the villains who got away to manchester in the 1st book? to any new readers i would say this , start at the beginning,the necropolis railway and work forward. dont just jump in here , you will be dissappointed. i couldnt put the earlier books down, i dont want to pick night train to jamulpar one back up.
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