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Death on a Branch Line (Jim Stringer Book 5) Kindle Edition
It is the summer of 1911 and as Britain is gripped by paranoia about German spies and secret preparations for war, railway detective Jim Stringer decides to set out for a much-needed holiday.
But before he can leave he finds himself escorting a young aristocrat, Hugh Lambert, who is on his way to be executed for the murder of his father. When Hugh warns that a second murder is imminent in his isolated village, Jim sees a chance to kill two birds with one stone. And so, as he visits the village with his wife Lydia on the pretext of holidaying, Jim finds he has one weekend in which to stop another murder and unravel a conspiracy of international dimensions . . .
'Enough historical details and rural oddbods for a BBC serial, a baffling plot and - most importantly - good writing.' Scotland on Sunday
'Fascinating . . . Altogether an entertaining read.' Crimesquad.com
'An eccentric and engaging novel.' Sunday Times
'The period detail is wonderful . . . The story builds up a good head of steam early on and rattles along nicely to a satisfying conclusion.' Guardian
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- ASIN : B002RI91GW
- Publisher : Faber & Faber; Main edition (2 April 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 567 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 272 pages
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I have now read all of them except for the last train to Scarborough,which I plan to read now. I will then be able to give an opinion over the whole series. Check out my review of The last train to Scarborough for an overall review of JimS tringer books
As a mainly "just before I go to sleep" reader this series is ideal. The chapters are not too long and the plots are never too complex.
Major literary works they are not but as a window on Edwardian life they seem pretty accurate and as a railway enthusiast the background settings are perfect.