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
Branch Call Number: MYS Mar
Characteristics: 246 p


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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.

Jun 03, 2017

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


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