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The Lost Luggage Porter (Jim Stringer #3)

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  152 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Edwardian detective Jim Stringer goes undercover into the Yorkshire underworld of drifters, pickpockets and train-robbers.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published 2006 by Faber and Faber
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Gigi
Luuuuuuved this book! The tone/voice and the atmosphere--fabulous, completely original! There was one moment early on, when the detective has a conveniently chance meeting with the men who ultimately become the murder victims, which I was a little disappointed with. But then what Martin did with that moment... luuuuved it. So unpredictable, authentic, suspenseful, and entertaining. Can't wait to read more of this series.
Susan
The Lost Luggage Porter by Andrew Martin is book 3 of the Jim Stringer mystery series set in early 1900s England. It’s winter 1906 and Jim is downhearted, having moved to York to take a new job as railway detective. He sees the new assignment as a punishment for crashing an engine into a station in Halifax. He longs to return to his dream job of railway engineer. The only positive notes in his life are his wife and their soon-to-be-born first child. Of course his anxiety is enhanced by the need ...more
Gerry
An evocative picture of Edwardian York from a railway standpoint. The atmosphere of the railway sidings are admirably captured and the action switches from York to Paris and back before Jim Stringer eventually works out what is happening, nails his men and solves the mystery. The Paris episodes are as good as any in the book but, particularly early on, the mystery is difficult to follow. However, it works out fine and on further reflection, the book may prove to have been better than presently r ...more
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
May 18, 2014 Yvonne (Fiction Books) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Yvonne (Fiction Books) by: Charity Shop Purchase
"Jim Stringer ... Railway Detective"

Coming as I do, from what used to be one of the oldest and largest railway communities, Swindon, this book was of great interest to me, when I saw it for sale in a local charity shop. That was long before I knew that the author himself came from a family of railway workers, based in the offices of the York works, where this book is set.

The book was originally recommended to me by Nikki-Ann, after her great review of it appeared over at `Notes Of Life', so I kn
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Peter Auber
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Rosslyn
All the ingredients were there for a good read - historical, murder mystery and set in yorkshire but.... This was just not well written at all. Totally lacked cohesion.
Palmyrah
The merit of this book appears to be curatorial. Its portrait of York and its great railway yards in Edwardian times is obviously the result of much midnight oil-burning on the part of the author. He has also gone to some trouble to recreate the local vernacular of the time, though the results are only intermittently convincing.

In theory, this is a book that should appeal to a lot of different audiences: readers of detective novels and thrillers, railway enthusiasts, natives of Yorkshire and lov
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Ed
One of a series of mysteries set early in the 20th century and taking place on or around the British railway system--trains, yards, stations--populated by various workers, clerks, managers, criminals and hangers-on. This is the third of a (so far) three book series and while ti refers to action that took place in the earlier books it isn't necessary to have read them.

Jim Stringer is an unlikely and not very likable protagonist. He has just been promoted to official railway policeman although he
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Chris Gillies
I have to say I'm not too sure if I'm impressed with this book or not. The previous 2 books were excellent descriptions of life in the new post-Victorian era, with colourful worlds built in London and somewhere in the north, all referencing places I know well. Visualising them in their states over a century ago was enjoyable. The good old days of jobs for life, of railway networks that literally criss-crossed the country and a pre-computer age where there were jobs for everyone, that we now take ...more
Nikki-ann
I loved reading The Lost Luggage Porter. The writing took me straight into the book, right to winter 1906 in York where I totally lost myself in the story. 1906 York, with it’s dark, cobbled, gas-lit streets and down-and-outs, gives the perfect setting for a detective novel. Between Andrew Martin’s period writing and having been to York a few times, I was able to picture the scenery quite vividly (I don’t think the centre of York has changed much over the years, to be honest).

The characters in t
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Al
This is the third of the Jim Stringer mysteries, and I must say they are really good -- particularly this last one. To refresh your recollection, Jim is a young man working for the English railroad in the very early 1900s. Jim is somewhat of a naif, and in the first two books he sort of stumbles on to some nefarious events and manages to sort them out. In this case, he has been made a railroad detective, and assigned to a particular problem. The dialogue is a little loopy, and the language so a ...more
Tim Pendry

Third in a series about a railway detective in Edwardian England, this has its merits - good historical colour, a clever plot though one requiring quite a lot of suspension of disbelief and familiarity.

It is light entertainment tending to the potboiler as the author tries to get from A to B. The home life aspects are less well drawn than in the previous book in the series. Enjoyable but not startlingly so.
Liz V.
This third (my first) Jim Stringer mystery finds Stringer with, and conflicted about, an appointment to the railway police, following his discharge from fireman due to an accident, which he feels was not his fault. Stringer's new Chief has Stringer working undercover on a series of thefts from the railway, having Stringer insinuate himself into the gang. Crooked railway employees, bent cops, and various other murderous villains combine to make Stringer's assignment challenging. Nonetheless, I fo ...more
Jean
Feb 08, 2008 Jean rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery lovers, train buffs
I like trains, the romance of them, their history. I haven't read a mystery in a long time, so when I saw this book at my local library, I thought I'd give it a go. It was a fun read, well paced and I could tell well researched. The story takes place in England in 1906, in and around the steam trains of the era. I could smell the steam and smoke, hear the rain falling on the station roof, all the while hoping our hero has gets himself out of a dangerous situation with the bad guys. Man, they sur ...more
Richard Denning
This is the first of the series about a Railway Police officer in the Edwardian era. It is a beautifully described recreation of the period with well fleshed out characters from the detective himself (who did not want to take the job but got fired as a locomotive driver due to an other man's fault), his wife (about to have a baby and expressing worries about losing her self and becoming 'just' a mother and wife, his chief (slightly pompous but good natured) and a host of criminals. You really fe ...more
Scilla
I liked this Jim Stringer better than the first two. Jim has just become a member of the York Railway Police. He goes to the lost luggage to retrieve some railway magazines he lost. The porter suggests he meet at a railway platform where he observes a man robbing a passenger. In the followup, he goes undercover and gets involved in a big heist, and has trouble getting away from the perpetrators in order to report them. He is required to stay with the two culprits on their getaway to Paris while ...more
Matt
Probably the best stringer book so far. The usual dodgy ending, is it a cliffhanger, or just plain vague!?
Peter
Enjoyable until it becomes unbelievable as the action leaves York. A few inaccuracies in describing York (e.g. The steps from Lendal Bridge to the Museum Gardens are on the North not the South side). Could have done with a good sub-editor. The author's habit of referring constantly to "the wife" is just irritating when it occurs in description rather than speech.
Andrew (Ace)
A period detective story, as a railway detective tries to slip into a criminal gang to learn their secrets. Even for this politer age, he seemed far to honest for his own good (worried when he lied and when he essentially had to break the law in the line of his duties) and incredibly naive.
Den
This is the first book I have read by this author. I found it in the villa we were staying in and thought it was worth a look. I loved how it transported me back to the beginning of the last century so easily. I felt like I was following him along the streets. Brilliant.

Ipswichblade
Another excellent read from Andrew Martin in the Jim Stringer series. These stories and the Edward Marston railway dectective series are good easy tom follow reads but with plenty of description. Good old fashioned detective series
Pat Stearman
I agree with the 3 star rating - entertaining read especially when you know the area (York) concerned. I'm still not sure I like the feel of the series tho...and probably wouldn't have read if not set in areas I know.
Dan A
I read this one first and have bought all the others so far in the jim stringer series.
Well written and researched for the time thats described and would recommend
Catherine  Mustread
#3 in Jim Stringer Mysteries. Historical railway story compares to Patrick O'Brian's naval stories. Great historical and train-related details.
Nadine
A decent mystery, well written, with some early 20th century steam engines thrown in.. Not exactly Hogwarts Express, but fun if you like trains.
Lotte
I love reading mysteries but here was one I could not make myself even finish. I found it nothing but boring and confusing!
Kirk Dilley
New railroad detective in steam era Britain goes undercover, barely comes back up. Wishes he was an engine driver instead.
CLM
Jan 27, 2008 CLM marked it as to-read
Shelves: mystery
Great review in the Boston Globe:

http://www.boston.com/ae/books/articl...
Leslie
Turn of the century railroad centered British mystery. Simplistic, but a fun read nonetheless.
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Andrew Martin (born 6 July 1962) is an English novelist and journalist.

Martin was brought up in Yorkshire, studied at the University of Oxford and qualified as a barrister. He has since worked as a freelance journalist for a number of publications while writing novels, sta
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