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1.0 out of 5 stars poor , very very poor, 23 Jan. 2014
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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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Initial post: 2 Oct 2014 13:59:24 BDT
I could not agree more. Bring back the old Stringer !
The Somme Station was a good read and I was looking forward to more exciting N.E.R. stories around the York area. However we ended up in The Baghdad Railway Club and then to Jamulpar. It would seem that the latest book has been written by a different author. Did not enjoy the read at all.
As i said at the beginning.Bring back the old Stringer and his family !!
" OLD STEAMER "

Posted on 6 Feb 2015 16:44:46 GMT
Mark Burgess says:
I agree - I thought it was just me, but the series ran off the rails with 'The Somme Stations'
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