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The Necropolis Railway

av Andrew Martin

Serier: Jim Stringer (1)

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Bright and ambitious, young Jim Stringer moves from the English countryside to London deter- mined to become a railway man. It is 1903, the dawn of the Edwardian age, when steam runs the nation and the railways drive progress. Jim can't believe his luck to have gotten his foot in the door at South East Railway, run out of Waterloo Station. He finds, however, that his duties involve a graveyard shift, literally-a railway line that takes coffins from London morgues to the gigantic new cemeteries being dug in the city's outskirts. He also learns that his predecessor had disappeared and that his coworkers seem to have formed an instant loathing for him. Forced to live by his wits and to arrive at his own deductions-assisted by his landlady, for whom he falls- he tries to figure out what is going on before he is issued a one-way ticket on the Necropolis Railway.… (mer)
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I enjoy Andrew Martin's railway detective stories but this one was more difficult to get involved in. He takes his readers to London, a whole different place to Yorkshire where his novels are usually set. The railway set up for the line to the cemetery appears to be complex and I never really grasped the geography of the railways. The city of London was well-drawn and I felt I was living alongside the railway staff members in the grime and oil, the polluted river and the poor housing. ( )
  CarolKub | Jul 13, 2020 |
Having read and enjoyed some of Andrew Martins non fiction books I thought that I would give one of his fictions books a go. That and we used to live near Brookwood cemetery, so had an interest there as well.

It is written in the first person, and whilst I don't mind this way of writing a story, this comes across as stilted and disjointed. This may be because he is trying to get the effect of the victorian / edwardian culture, but it didn't work for me.

The murder mystery part was well considered, but it was let down by the way it was written. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
The Necropolis Railway by Andrew Martin is the first of a mind boggling eight long series of train themed mysteries set in the turn of the last century's England.

Jim Stringer gets his wish to work on the steam trains. Instead of getting the line he wants, he's assigned the Necropolis Railway — a line that ran from London to a massive cemetery.

While the book's description claims to be a thrilling mystery steeped in railway lore — I never really got to the mystery. Although I like trains, my interest doesn't come close to Stringer's obsessive fasciation.

Then there's Stringer himself. As the new kid on the railway, he's not popular. There's obviously something hinky going on that he's not privy to. Rather the usual bullying or hazing that this sort of story usually requires, Stringer prattles on about how good he is and how good a railway man he'll be someday. He becomes such an unbelievable and unlikable Marty Stu that I had to stop the book. ( )
  pussreboots | Apr 18, 2015 |
Firstly I feel that it is only fair that I admit to working on the railway and that was the main reason why I picked the book up in the first place. That said I'm not a train enthusiast as such and am more interested in the social history of that rather than the actual engines etc themselves.

I feel in something of a quandary as just how I feel about the book. I really enjoyed the historical part of the book, it is obvious that the author has done his research into London and in particular the area around Waterloo at the turn of the 20th century I could almost imagine myself on those streets,in the lodgings with its damp patch and in particular in those bustling pubs. The characterisation of Jim Stringer is OK up to a point as a naive Northern lad enthusiastic about all things railway but the whole things fails to really gel with me. In particular his affair with his landlady just didn't seem to work and the visit to the whore house seemed totally superfluous. The fact that Stringer is called a 'railway detective' also seems a bit of a stretch because with the exception of his vist to the offices of the Necropolis Company felt that he was lead by events rather than being pro-active. Nor was the character of Rowland Smith as a criminal mastermind really convincing as he was not developed enough. The action part of the story was a bit of a let down for me as I never felt that Jim was ever in any real danger.

That said as the first book in a series there is obviously plenty of time to further develop the characters and it certainly showed plenty of potential. I already have the next book in the series so will try to get to it sooner rather than later. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Sep 8, 2013 |
The first in a truly marvellous series featuring the exploits of Jim Stringer, steam-detective. Historical fiction at its best wrapped up in beautiful writing, interesting characters, intriguing plots and (of course) the pleasures of steam railways! ( )
  Seanzilla | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Bright and ambitious, young Jim Stringer moves from the English countryside to London deter- mined to become a railway man. It is 1903, the dawn of the Edwardian age, when steam runs the nation and the railways drive progress. Jim can't believe his luck to have gotten his foot in the door at South East Railway, run out of Waterloo Station. He finds, however, that his duties involve a graveyard shift, literally-a railway line that takes coffins from London morgues to the gigantic new cemeteries being dug in the city's outskirts. He also learns that his predecessor had disappeared and that his coworkers seem to have formed an instant loathing for him. Forced to live by his wits and to arrive at his own deductions-assisted by his landlady, for whom he falls- he tries to figure out what is going on before he is issued a one-way ticket on the Necropolis Railway.

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