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The Last Train To Scarborough (Jim Stringer #6)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  147 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
One night, in a private boarding house in Scarborough, a railway man vanishes, leaving his belongings behind...It is the eve of the Great War, and Jim Stringer, railway detective, is uneasy about his next assignment. It's not so much the prospect Scarborough in the gloomy off-season that bothers him, or even the fact that the last railway man to stay in the house has disap ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published March 2009 by Faber and Faber (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jean by: Donald
The Last Train to Scarborough from 2009, is the sixth in a series of detective novels by Andrew Martin, which feature Jim Stringer, a former railwayman, who has been reassigned to the North Eastern Railway Police in Edwardian England.

At the start of the novel, the time is March 1914, just before the dawn of the First World War. Jim Stringer, the railway detective who fronts this series, is uneasy about both his next assignment and his personal life. His wife, Lydia, is a suffragette, and ambiti
Jan 16, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A poorly constructed plot with two threads supposedly coming together towards the end. Jim Stringer trots off to Scarborough to investigate a colleague's disappearance. I'm blowed if I know how it happened exactly because I couldn't put the two strands together with any meaningful intent - but it must be me who is a little dim. It is the fourth Jim Stringer I have tried, determined to like them because of their railway connection and the sometimes good ambience, but I am afraid I have failed and ...more
Wilde Sky
A detective goes undercover at a guest house to investigate the disappearance of a railwayman.

I found the narrative confusing. The plot, investigation and crime didn’t make any sense to me. None of the characters or scenes grabbed my attention.
Geoff Dickinson
I have read and enjoyed two of the Jim Stringer novels but I found this novel took quite a bit to get going. The opening of the book certainly didn't grab my attention or make want to turn the pages faster and in fact it for me never really got going at all. I managed about half the book and speed read the rest.

On the plus side the railway and steam engine operating references were interesting and the description of an off season Edwardian Scarborough very atmospheric. This pulled the rating up
Pete Harmes
Jul 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Desperately boring. Like that moment someone boards the bus and you KNOW they're going to sit next to you. Then they waffle on about nothing for the whole journey.
NB Lewes isn't 20 miles from the sea. It's eight.
Jacqueline Mulligan
Not my cup of tea. I think goodreads needs the addition of a 'tried to read but gave up' button!
Dirck de Lint
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading this series in order, and I think that this is my favourite of the bunch, although it and The Necropolis Railway are contesting the podium. Without abandoning the tone of the previous books, Martin attacks the narrative in a non-linear fashion, the main action interspersed with what is very nearly a Noir framework. It thus becomes, as literature, a more interesting work than the previous books. Looking at the story, we find Jim Stringer has a little more agency than he's had pr ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-historical
"c2009. My opinion of this book varied each time that I picked it up. Sometimes, I thought it was dreadful and so boring with lines of details and then at other times, I was thinking to myself that this was a really great book. This left me a very confused puppy. I didn't like the ending and the whole motive for the particular murder that was being investigated. But I think that if you read this book more as a historical novel as opposed to a crime novel, then it probably wouldn't matter. A bit ...more
P.D.R. Lindsay

The latest in the Jim Stringer, Railway Detective series, is another cracking good tale based around the North Eastern Railway in Yorkshire, U.K. and its problems. This time the story is told backwards. Jim wakes up to find himself incarcerated in a coal hole on a ship. He hasn’t the faintest idea how he got there and as his memory returns we learn the back story of what he was doing up until he took the train to Scarborough. When the captain arrives we learn a lot more, all about what happened
Jul 16, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Chris Gillies
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another creditable book in the series, although this does less to immerse you in the pre-war world than remind you of horrible windswept holidays in nasty b&bs!! The story structure has been criticised by some, but it seemed quite straightforward to me - Jim wakes up on a ship, is interrogated by the captain and first mate, and the story he tells to them is the basis of the "second" story thread. Basically, he's relaying the story of how he came to be on the ship, chapter by chapter, as it s ...more
Tomgirl deni
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book once I'd got through the rather confusing first chapters. It seems to have had quite a few bad reviews here but I enjoyed it especially the details of the railway, being slightly obsessed with the subject at the moment! I must say however that I've not really warmed to the characters yet, Stringer seems a bit of an untrustworthy husband and his wife a bit pushy, so I was glad that he defied her in the end, but didn't like him sneaking about after the woman from Scarborou ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gone, library
Enjoyed the leisurely pace of most of the book - then felt a bit rushed at the end when the change of pace caught me up and I had to sit up late and finish the book just to see what happened. Then found it hard to sleep because Jim Stringer's internal and external life is so vivid. I have a feeling the books are getting darker and edgier as war looms, although my other (better) half reminds me that all the books are pretty dark.
Alan Lund
An enjoyable yarn with good description of days of yore on the steam railways. As a travelogue and period ethnographic study it worked quite well, but the dialogue and plotting is often clumsy, and the infrequent interjection of unlikely swear words uttered (supposedly) by the protagonist can be jarring.
Maurice Campbell
I have really enjoyed a number if Mr Martins books. Sadly this one had a structure which kept taking the reader backwards and forwards through time. This was rather too much. I felt that the milk had been somewhat churned by a lot of shunting within, and between, sidings. In spite of this Mr Martin did keep me going to the end!
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful little book - Historical crime based in Edwardian times of which the author creates a true feeling of this period of time - Enjoyed mostly because it was based around Scarborough - my home town!
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Went to Scarborough, found the station : OK. Found the harbour : OK. Found some pubs : OK. Not sure about the lodging house. But, isn't that waht fiction is all about. It's a metaphor not a travel guide.
Jul 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usual fast moving detective story from Andrew Martin. I love this series!!
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
A solid mystery which keeps you guessing until close to the end. What really impresses here though is the way Martin evokes early 20th century England with some lovely period detail.

Moderately dark detective story. Enjoyable but a bit slow in story development.
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
For some reason I couldn't get into the rhythm of this book. I didn't quite flow for me, maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind to read this book.
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Almost a perfect novel! Loved it. Plus it was set in Yorkshire, where I was born - added bonus.
Peter Auber
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Andrew Martin (born 6 July 1962) is an English novelist and journalist.

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