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"The historical research is so good and the atmosphere of England in 1905 so well captured you would think that the author had lived there. A simply marvelous read."
As he did in The Necropolis Railway, Stringer doffs his railway hat and dons his detective’s derby, assisted once more by...
As he did in The Necropolis Railway, Stringer doffs his railway hat and dons his detective’s derby, assisted once more by "the wife" and her brilliant detecting skills. Capturing the world of railway stations and locomotives during the Edwardian Age, The Blackpool Highflyer carries readers to a place where dark shadows lurk behind innocence and the solution to the mystery waits at the end of the line.
UK PRAISE FOR THE BLACKPOOL HIGHFLYER
"A steamy whodunnit . . . This may well be the best fiction about the railways since Dickens."—INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
"An irresistible excursion into a bygone world." —THE SUNDAY TIMES
Set in 1905, Martin's second Jim Stringer mystery (after 2004's The Necropolis Railway) starts slowly but builds a head of steam like the monster locomotive Jim stokes for "Lanky," the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. A passenger dies when a huge grindstone on the tracks derails a train carrying the owner of Hind's Mill on an excursion to seaside Blackpool. Jim begins to suspect class warfare when a young socialist distributes tracts in Jim's hometown of Halifax, urging workers to shun holidays organized by mill owners. A fallen tree on another rail line further suggests conspiracy, as does the disappearance of smartly dressed Clive, the engine driver on Jim's next run. Lanky management's paltry £5 reward hardly seems likely to garner much information, so newlywed Jim turns to comely Lydia, a mill clerk he simply calls "the wife," for much needed help. Getting used to Jim's chatty Cockney narration takes time, but as the suspense rises, readers will be captivated. (July)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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