The Last Train to Scarborough, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


One night, in a private boarding house in Scarborough, a railwayman vanishes, leaving his belongings behind...It is the eve of the Great War, and Jim Stringer, railway detective, is uneasy about his next assignment.

It's not so much the prospect Scarborough in the gloomy off-season that bothers him, or even the fact that the last railwayman to stay in the house has disappeared without trace.

It's more that his governer, Chief Inspector Saul Weatherhill, seems to be deliberately holding back details of the case - and that he's been sent to Scarborough with a trigger-happy assistant. And when Jim encounters the seductive and beautiful Amanda Rickerby a whole new personal danger enters Jim's life...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780571229703



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As with the rest of the series, this book is good for period atmosphere. None of the railway detective series is particularly fast moving, but this one seemed a bit slower than most, although it picks up towards the end. It employs the medium of flashbacks, which is quite confusing at the beginning, although it gets clearer towards the end. It also portrays a bit of inner turmoil in good old Jim Stringer; not sure whether that comes over well or not. All in all a good ending, but it took some work to get there.

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This is the second Andrew Martin novel I've read featuring railway detective Jim Stringer. It was an easy and light read, though I did get a bit confused with the fact that the author jumped back and forward between 2 different time periods/settings that involved the main character.

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Enjoyed the leisurely pace of most of the book - then felt a bit rushed at the end when the change of pace caught me up and I had to sit up late and finish the book just to see what happened. Then found it hard to sleep because Jim Stringer's internal and external life is so vivid. I have a feeling the books are getting darker and edgier as war looms, although my other (better) half reminds me that all the books are pretty dark.