Death on a Branch Line

Death on a Branch Line It s the sweltering summer of and one Friday evening a young aristocrat arrives into the custody of detective Jim Stringer a man recently found guilty of murdering his father in the sleepy vill

  • Title: Death on a Branch Line
  • Author: Andrew Martin
  • ISBN: 9780571229680
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s the sweltering summer of 1911, and one Friday evening a young aristocrat arrives into the custody of detective Jim Stringer, a man recently found guilty of murdering his father in the sleepy village of Adenwold He warns Jim of another murder likely to happen in the same village that of his brother, a reclusive intellectual When Jim and his wife Lydia arrive at AdeIt s the sweltering summer of 1911, and one Friday evening a young aristocrat arrives into the custody of detective Jim Stringer, a man recently found guilty of murdering his father in the sleepy village of Adenwold He warns Jim of another murder likely to happen in the same village that of his brother, a reclusive intellectual When Jim and his wife Lydia arrive at Adenwold they encounter a host of likely suspects and the intended victim, and suddenly Jim has one weekend in which to stop a murder and unravel a conspiracy of international dimensions
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    1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information Andrew Martin born 6 July 1962 is an English novelist and journalist.Martin was brought up in Yorkshire, studied at the University of Oxford and qualified as a barrister He has since worked as a freelance journalist for a number of publications while writing novels, starting with Bilton, a comic novel about journalists, and The Bobby Dazzlers, a comic novel set in the North of England, for which he was named Spectator Young Writer of the Year His series of detective novels about Jim Stringer, a railwayman reassigned to the North Eastern Railway Police in Edwardian England, includes The Necropolis Railway, The Blackpool Highflyer, The Lost Luggage Porter, Murder at Deviation Junction and Death on a Branch Line He has also written the non fiction book How to Get Things Really Flat A Man s Guide to Ironing, Dusting and Other Household Arts.

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    1. G AUDIO BOOKS to read Death_on_a_Branch_LineRead by Richard BurnipAbr Unabr UnabridgedGenre Fiction MysterySynopsis blurb It s the sweltering summer of 1911, and one Friday evening a special train rolls into York station It carries a young aristocrat recently found guilty of murdering his father in the sleepy village of Adenwold He is briefly entrusted into the custody of railway detective Jim Stringer, and he warns of another murder likely to happen in the same village that of his brother, a re [...]


    2. Dull, poorly paced and filled with cardboard cutout characters If you re looking for an engaging mystery with the rural oddbods one of the blurbs promises, try Buried For Pleasure by Edmund Crispin.


    3. I have not read these books in order and it doesn t seem to matter On the plus side, I would say this story was atmospheric and the author has a knack of describing places It seems fairly authentic although sometimes the detectives language seems a bit off and it s not accurate that he would be surprised by a man having the name of Jocelyn in those days it was far conmonly male then If you love trains, you will probably love the details given about the locomotives As a non rail enthusiast, I fe [...]


    4. I was tempted to give this just two stars, but I think that I felt the way I did about this book because of being female I am sure that there will be many people out there who will truly enjoy this read It really pains me to say that I didn t enjoy the book, due to being female and I have never in a very long history of being an avid reader felt this way about a book or even been particularly aware of whether a book was directed towards females than males A disappointing read and I won t be hun [...]


    5. I have never read any of these books before and so starting on book five of the series might not have been the best one to start with It was an okay story and of course being set in 1911 meant rules of society were very different to nowadays, letting potential murderers socialise at parties it got confused with all the various characters so I think I know why the murder was committed but not entirely wouldn t rush to read the others but passed the time


    6. As reliable as ever, with the winds of war starting to blow across Europe, Jim Stringer yet again puts together the clues that you can t see to solve the crime Enjoyable reading nonetheless, to immerse yourself in the world of 100 years ago, when life was simpler and branch lines still existed


    7. I must admit I lost interest in this book half way through I felt it rambled along with lots of asides and events that had little bearing on the main plot Not a book I could recommend.


    8. I m having a little trouble with this book, and I can t tell whether it s me tiring or the author who s getting tired What I rated as a virtue in the first couple of novels, Stringer s non centrality to the action, is present here as well, but in this case it becomes problematical First, he is a this point actually with the police rail police, yes, but he has a warrant card and arrest powers and is enough older to be less of a bumble puppy than in his first outings There is, though, the same sen [...]


    9. Jim Stringer is a detective for the railroad As he escorts Hugh Lambert to a prison for hanging Stringer begins to feel that Lambert is innocent of murdering his own father and he learns that there might be another murder over the weekend After delivering Lambert, Stringer and his wife Lydia head to Lambert s small village for a short holiday Once there Stringer begins to look into the death of Lambert s father What he finds is a whole village of possible suspects, some of whom are not very nice [...]


    10. I m giving this 3 although it should be nearer 2.5 I think I liked the railway ambience there really was a branch from Pilmoor to Malton with about 3 trains a day I wonder how this and other similar lines ever made money As to the story itself, it was all a bit of a muddle and the denoument unbelievable I did like the way the characters spoke, however I m sure the f word was in as common use between males a hundred years ago The character of Stringer s wife is also very likeable The author bring [...]


    11. A very interesting read.Hugh Lambert has been convicted of patricide, but something about the man convinces detective Jim Stringer that something just does not add up Hugh is being transferred to Durham goal to hang when he encounters Jim.The execution to to take place in 48 hours Jim, convinced of Hugh s innocence follows him to the scene of the crime, and the intrigue of 1977 Britain Even then the specter of WW I looms and preparations are under way to protect the realm Can Jim prove Hugh s ca [...]


    12. Railway detective Jim Stringer is on the case again, this one most perplexing, not only for himself but for the reader also He encounters a condemned man on York railway station and learns of another plot in the man s home village of Adenwold He sets of with his wife who he most annoyingly refers to as the wife to try to sort matters out.However, they do not seem as simple as first portrayed and a host of suspects are encountered and underlying it all there appears to be a plot that would have d [...]


    13. Set in 1911 and evocative of the great steam age on the railways, this is a gentle murder mystery and an easy holiday read Detective Jim Stringer spends a weekend in rural Yorkshire unravelling a murder plot and attempting to save a man from being hanged on Monday morning There are some good twists and turns, but overall the plot is sometimes a little simple and under developed I recommend it for its ease of reading and the high quality of writing.


    14. I d rate this higher, but for a few annoying anachronisms and one howler.The book concerned, among other things, the events following the murder of a baronet whose elder son is referred to throughout the book as Mr.Also, expressions such as ten after the hour were not current before 1914, any than were firearms referred to as shooters.


    15. Overall a passable read but the good plotline with its twists, turns, and an unexpected conclusion are sadly let down by a clumsy first person writting style and poor characterisation of the two main characters although side characters and scene setting aren t as bad Good but could have been much better.



    16. Another brilliant Railway Detective book, a must for any fan of either crime or the railways Full of thrill and historically accurate too, very enjoyable.







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