The Necropolis Railway : A Historical Novel, Paperback Book

The Necropolis Railway : A Historical Novel Paperback

Part of the Jim Stringer series

2 out of 5 (4 ratings)


When railwayman Jim Stringer moves to the garish and tawdry London of 1903, he finds his duties are confined to a mysterious graveyard line.

Perplexingly, the men he works alongside have formed an instant loathing for him. And his predecessor has disappeared under suspicious circumstances.

Can Jim work out what is going on before he too is travelling on a one-way coffin ticket aboard the Necropolis Railway?

A gripping detective story, fabulously rich in atmosphere and period detail, The Necropolis Railway steams toward an unexpected conclusion.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780571228782

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I'm not sure anyone who didn't like railways would care for these. Jim is a young railwayman in Edwardian England who gets caught up in various crimes, and eventually becomes a detective. I enjoyed the first and the third in the series; there is a lot of well painted atmosphere, and Jim is enjoyably naive, but the second (The Blackpool Highflyer) drags mightily. (Jim has the common failing of fictional detectives ... he doesn't do any detecting. He never finds out squat until the Big Bad tells him. Not many authors know anything about forensics).

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An interesting idea, and clearly very well researched. Unfortunately that did not make up for the absence of a cohesive plot.

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This book didnt do anything for me. Was so glad to finish it. I so wanted to enjoy this book but found it very confusing and some questions were still unanswered.

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 mmm. Frankly a bit odd. narrated in the first person by Jim Stringer, a Yorkshire Butcher's boy who would really rather be an engine driver. Gets himself an opportunity to work at a london engine shed and spends most of the rest of the book being a complete idiot, and trying not to get killed. Has a most annoying mode of speaking and seems to be a bit wet. Could have been really interesting, as he's not a detecitve, just an inquisitive young man, but just wasn't. Wont be bothering to seek out the sequel...

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