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  • The Somme Stationsby Andrew Martin

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 8.99

    On the first day of the Somme enlisted railwayman Jim Stringer lies trapped in a shell hole, smoking cigarette after cigarette under the bullets and the blazing sun. He calculates his chances of survival - even before they departed for France, a member of Jim's unit had been found dead. During the stand-off that follows, Jim and his comrades... more...

  • The Last Train to Scarboroughby Andrew Martin

    Faber & Faber 2009; US$ 8.99

    A riveting new adventure for Jim Stringer, Andrew Martin's celebrated 'Steam Detective'. It is March 1914, and Jim Stringer is uneasy about his next assignment. It's not so much the prospect of a Scarborough lodging house in the gloomy off-season that bothers him, or even the fact that the last railwayman to stay in the house has disappeared without... more...

  • The Lost Luggage Porterby Andrew Martin

    Faber & Faber 2009; US$ 8.99

    'Unerringly sharp and pioneeringly original, it locks the reader in from start to finish.' Andrew Barrow, Spectator Winter, 1906. It's Jim Stringer's first day as an official railway detective, but he's not a happy man. As the rain falls incessantly on the city's ancient streets, the local paper carries a story highly unusual by York standards:... more...

  • Death on a Branch Lineby Andrew Martin

    Faber & Faber 2009; US$ 8.99

    It is the summer of 1911 and as Britain is gripped by paranoia about German spies and secret preparations for war, railway detective Jim Stringer decides to set out for a much-needed holiday. But before he can leave he finds himself escorting a young aristocrat, Hugh Lambert, who is on his way to be executed for the murder of his father. When Hugh... more...

  • The Blackpool Highflyerby Andrew Martin

    Faber & Faber 2009; US$ 8.99

    'A steamy whodunnit . . . This may well be the best fiction about the railways since Dickens.' Independent on Sunday 'Genuinely gripping . . . The sort of thing D. H. Lawrence might have written had he been less verbose or been blessed with a sense of humour.' Peter Parker, Evening Standard (Books of the Year) A superbly atmospheric... more...

  • Murder at Deviation Junctionby Andrew Martin

    Faber & Faber 2009; US$ 8.99

    The latest in Andrew Martin's much-loved 'Jim Stringer, Steam Detective' series. 'Andrew Martin has recreated an extraordinarily convincing world . . . Terrific.' Daily Telegraph December, 1909. A train hits a snowdrift in the frozen Cleveland Hills. In the process of clearing the line a body is discovered, and so begins a dangerous case for... more...

  • The Necropolis Railwayby Andrew Martin

    Faber & Faber 2009; US$ 8.99

    ' A brilliant murder mystery set in Edwardian London about a railway line that runs only to a massive cemetery .' Daily Mirror When railwayman Jim Stringer moves to the garish and tawdry London of 1903, he finds his duties are confined to a mysterious graveyard line. The men he works alongside have formed an instant loathing for him - and his... more...

  • Ghoul Brittaniaby Andrew Martin

    Short Books 2011; US$ 8.74

    INCLUDES THE THREE BEST GHOST STORIES EVER Who among us, lying in bed at night, listening to the noises of the house - that creak in the stairs, the clock ticking away in the empty hall - has not experienced a momentary chill, that first tremor of fear? What is it about Britain, asks Andrew Martin, that makes it such a fitting playground for the supernatural?... more...

  • Funny You Should Say Thatby Andrew Martin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 14.38

    'A fool and his words are soon parted' wrote William Shenstone in 1764; one might add that 'A wit and his words are rarely collected'. Here is the antidote: a dazzling survey of the funniest remarks, quips and observations from Ancient Rome, the Bible and Chaucer right up to The Simpsons and Little Britain. Over 5,000 of the very funniest remarks to... more...

  • The Baghdad Railway Clubby Andrew Martin

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 8.99

    Baghdad 1917. Captain Jim Stringer, invalided from the Western Front, has been dispatched to investigate what looks like a nasty case of treason. He arrives to find a city on the point of insurrection, his cover apparently blown - and his only contact lying dead with flies in his eyes. As Baghdad swelters in a particularly torrid summer, the... more...