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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 warns that a second murder is imminent in his isolated village, Jim sees a chance to kill two birds with one stone. And so, as he visits the village with his wife Lydia on the pretext of holidaying, Jim finds he has one weekend in which to stop another murder and unravel a conspiracy of international dimensions . . ."Enough historical details and rural oddbods for a BBC serial, a baffling plot and - most importantly - good writing." Scotland on Sunday"Fascinating . . . Altogether an entertaining read.""An eccentric and engaging novel." Sunday Times"The period detail is wonderful . . . The story builds up a good head of steam early on and rattles along nicely to a satisfying conclusion." Guardian

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Another great tale.
October 15th, 2014
Yet another story by Andrew Martin, I enjoy these yarns when I get round to reading them which is about every two or three months. Some people say cardboard figures but I certainly don't think so.
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Death on a Branch Line
May 17th, 2014
A very interesting read. Hugh Lambert has been convicted of patricide, but something about the man convinces detective Jim Stringer that something just does not add up. Hugh is being transferred to Durham goal to hang when he encounters Jim. The execution is to take place in 48 hours. Jim, convinced of Hugh's innocence follows him to the scene of the crime, and the intrigue of 1911 Britain. Even then the specter of WW I looms and preparations are under way to protect the realm. Can Jim prove Hugh's case in time? Is Hugh's railway timetable master brother willing to blackmail the nation to save him? Can Jim get the message out in time, despite the special forces arrayed around trying to catch the traitor and preventing information leaking to Germany?
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