The Necropolis Railway

The Necropolis Railway

A Jim Stringer Mystery

Book - 2006
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Moving to London in 1903 in his endeavor to become a railway man, ambitious young Jim Stringer takes a graveyard shift moving coffins to cemeteries outside of the city and struggles with his predecessor's untimely disappearance and his co-worker's unsettling animosity.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, 2006, c2002
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780156030687
0156030683
Branch Call Number: MYS Mar
Characteristics: 246 p

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 05, 2017

This is certainly a success in evoking a time and place (London's Waterloo Station area in 1903.) It paints it as grimy, gloomy, dirty, but also bustling -- mostly with trains chugging along interminable viaducts. The inclusion of background on the Necropolis Railway was also pretty interesting, although some trips to Wikipedia helps fill in a lot of detail (too bad the book doesn't include maps of the area.)

That said, I thought the mystery was a little too convoluted, and the inclusion of jargon of the period was, while accurate, jarring. The author needed to put the brakes on all the Edwardian slang and include a glossary of terms, too.

The hero is likeable and just a straight story of his adventures starting out on his journey with the railroad would have been entertaining.

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captbligh
Jun 03, 2017

An incomplete, unsatisfactory ending pushing the reader to next in the series. Not me.

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