A Metropolitan Murder : (Inspector Webb 1) Paperback
by Lee Jackson
Part of the Inspector Webb series
The last train of the night pulls into the gas-lit platform of Baker Street underground station. A young woman is found strangled, her body abandoned in a second-class carriage.
The brutal 'Railway Murder' brings Inspector Decimus Webb to the newly-formed Metropolitan Line on a bleak winter's night. His investigation leads him through the slums of Victorian London to the Holborn Refuge, a home for 'fallen women', and to Clara White, a respectable servant.
But Clara has her own tragic and shameful history. As her past is revealed, Inspector Webb must decide whether she is merely a victim of circumstance, or a prime suspect.
Only then can he unearth a dark secret, hidden in the depths of underground London.
Lee Jackson's second novel brilliantly recreates the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian London, taking readers on a suspense-filled journey through its criminal underworld.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 07/10/2004
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099440024
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Review by isabelx
I first noticed this book soon after it was published, due to the cover picture which is based on the cover of a railway timetable for the newly opened Metropolitan underground line.Set in 1864, just a year after the opening of London's first underground line, the story starts with the discovery of a young woman's body in a second-class carriage. The crime is investigated by Inspector Decimus Webb, who is seen as eccentric by his fellow policemen because he rides a newfangled boneshaker bicycle, but the story is seen from several points of view, not just that of the investigating officers. I liked the setting, but some of the characters didn't ring true, and the policemen didn't seem to do much detecting.
Review by samsheep
I inherited this from my dad who must have bought it for the link with the Metropolitan Line. I like learning about Victorian London so gave it a go. It was quite a good read - certainly I read it quite quickly and wanted to reach the denouement - but after I'd finished it, the appeal seemed a bit limited. None of the characters had real depth and to be honest it was all quite depressing. So a bit mixed.