Tuesday, 19 July 2011
The Lost Luggage Porter by Andrew Martin
This is the third of the Jim Stringer novels. Andrew Martin conjures up the early years of the 20th century beautifully and I like the fact that Jim is a working class hero. I have passed through and changed trains at York station many times and it always adds to my enjoyment of a book if I have personal knowledge of its location. I have to say though that this isn't my favourite of the three. In the first two books Jim actually worked on the trains, he was working his way towards his life's ambition of being a train driver. He was an amateur detective and I liked that. Jim himself isn't very happy with his new job, he's been forced into it and I thought that his unhappiness led to an air of gloom pervading the book. Also his wife features barely at all. I like Jim's wife - she's a clever woman living at a time when opportunities for women like her were just opening up.
So, I enjoyed it, I think that Jim is a very likeable hero, but I hope in the next book he's getting his hands dirty on the trains again.