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The Lost Luggage Porter by Andrew Martin
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The Lost Luggage Porter

by Andrew Martin

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Another enjoyable novel from Andrew Martin. Set in 1906, this novel sees Jim Stringer as a detective on the railway in York. York appears in the novel as a damp town, with areas for visitors and areas where the York underworld inhabit. Jim Stringer is plunged in to this underworld by his boss and as an undercover detective gets in to many scrapes that take him eventually to Paris. The novel is a good read that is well paced and interesting. Andrew Martin includes some humour among the criminal activity, particularly in the scenes between Jim Stringer and his wife, Lydia. His father keeps sending her clippings from the paper about running a good household, while Lydia takes in typing and is very involved with the suffragettes. ( )
  Tifi | Jul 15, 2016 |
I enjoyed this much more than the previous Andrew Martin book I've read. This is better paced and I loved reading about places in my home city (some of which were very close to home). Stringer's wife is a more rounded character in this volume of the Jim Stringer series. Stringer is now a railway detective and is immediately plunged into undercover work, due to his lack of recognition by the criminals of York.

I thought the final incident was rather at odds to the pace of the rest of the book and could have been expanded on further.

After reading this, I will seek out the remaining books in the series. ( )
1 vote floriferous | Aug 15, 2012 |
In this third installment of the Jim Stringer series, Stringer has left off engine work as a result of an accident. He signs up to be York's newest railway detective. After a meeting with the titular porter, Stringer is pointed in the direction of a criminal outfit operating around the station. Are Brains and the Blocker also mixed up in the recent murders, all three being somehow related with the railway?

Stringer's new chief decides to take advantage of his not being known locally, and gets him to work undercover to try and infiltrate the gang.

The encounter with th lost luggage porter sets in motion a chain of events, which will lead Stringer as far as Paris and put his life in danger. In this installment, we get more of an idea of Stringer's wife. Heavily pregnant, she is worried that the baby'll will be the end of her life. She is more involved than ever in the suffragette movement, causing friction between her and her father-in-law, who tries to 'help' her by sending her columns on household hints.

Another entertaining installment of the series, I look forward to book 4. As I said about the previous books, the charm for is in the backdrop of the railway. ( )
  soffitta1 | Mar 26, 2011 |
York sounds a very dangerous place according to this book. Stringer, the Steam Detective, gets in over his head here as he becomes involved in a criminal gang out to rob the railway. This reader got the impression that Martin didn't know how to end the story - the shoot out at the end isn't terribly convincing.

Still, these books do help dispel any merry nostalgia about steam railways. ( )
  ngmcd | Mar 15, 2009 |
Fine writing evokes turn-of-the-century England in a suspense tale of robbery and murder connected to the railyards of York. ( )
  omphalos02 | Feb 20, 2008 |
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In York, Winter, 1906 - two brothers have been shot to death. Meanwhile, Jim Stringer meets the Lost Luggage Porter, humblest among the employees of the North Eastern Railway company. He tells Jim a tale which leads him to the roughest part of town, a place where the police constables always walk in twos. Jim is off on the trail of pickpockets, 'station loungers' and other small fry of the York underworld. But then, in a tiny, one-room pub with a badly smoking fire, he enters the orbit of a dangerous, disturbed villain who is playing for much higher stakes...

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Edwardian detective Jim Stringer goes undercover into the Yorkshire underworld of drifters, pickpockets and train-robbers. Originally published: 2006.

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