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Night Train to Jamalpur (Jim Stringer) [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Martin
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North East India, 1923. On the broiling Night Mail from Calcutta to Jamalpur, a man is shot dead in a first class compartment. Detective Inspector Jim Stringer was sleeping in the next compartment along. Was he the intended target? Jim should have known that his secondment to the East Indian Railway, with a roving brief to inspect security arrangements, would not be the working holiday he had hoped for. The country seethes with political and racial tension. Aside from the Jamalpur shooting, someone is placing venomous snakes - including giant king cobras - in the first class compartments of the railway.

Jim also has worries on the home front: his daughter has formed a connection with a Maharajah's son, who may in turn have a connection to Jim's incredibly rude colleague, the bristling Major Fisher. Jim must do everything he can to keep his family safe from harm, as he unravels the intrigues that surround him...

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About the Author

Andrew Martin is a journalist and novelist. His critically praised 'Jim Stringer' series began withThe Necropolis Railway in 2002. The following titles in the series, Murder at Deviation Junction and Death on a Branch Line, were shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award and, in 2008, Andrew Martin was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. The Somme Stations won the 2011 CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1044 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Crime (October 31, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571284094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571284092
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,895 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Steam Detective March 19, 2014
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I regret that Jim Stringer has moved up the ladder from his steam days, and his advancement has meant less involvement with the steam engines. But still worth a read
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5.0 out of 5 stars good mystery February 26, 2014
India, 1923. The protagonist of the previous eight books in the series Englishman Captain Jim Stringer with his wife and teenage daughter is on secondment to the East Indian Railway. The main purpose of trip is investigating possible cases of corruption among top management of the East Indian Railway.

At the beginning of the novel Stringer takes the Night Mail train from Calcutta to Jamalpur in first class carriage with five companions, among them Major Fisher, who was set as a partner to Stringer to investigate corruption cases. Stringer does not trust Fisher, considering his dark personality, he is able to do anything behind Stringer’s back. Fisher behaves surly and despises all Indians.
In the car, our narrator meets with Jim Young, an Anglo-Indian, who is also working on the railway. At night during one of the stops someone kills Young, escaping in the desert. Everyone in the car have heard the shots, but no one has caught the killers. The lock on the door of Stringer’s compartment was broken and Stringer concludes that perhaps someone wanted to kill him, not Young. Someone calls the police, and Detective Inspector Khudayar Khan of the C.I.D. is assigned to the case.

Stringer takes an interest into this matter investigating available suspectes in his spare time. The third case, which Stringer also takes unofficially, becomes "snake killings" in the first class carriages on the Railway. Someone throws poisonous snakes, including king cobras, in first-class compartments. Snakes have killed more than four people and continue to kill. People become afraid to go first class, although trains are carefully checked. Stringer wonder who can do this, because only the master can control the snake and put it in the car without hurting himself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jim Stringer and family in India December 5, 2013
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Another decent Jim Stringer, this time set out in India where someone's tickling the till and also someone is putting deadly snakes into the first-class carriages.
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3.0 out of 5 stars India from British to self rule August 7, 2014
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Interesting story of life in India in the period between British and self rule. I found some parts were irrelevant to the main theme of the story and at times there were too many characters to identify which made me lose interest in the events being described.
However overall an interesting and enjoyable book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I like railways and I like period detective stories September 2, 2014
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I found the plot/s confused. I had to push myself to complete reading the book. I like railways and I like period detective stories, which depend on brains rather than modern day forensics. I enjoy Edwards books much more.
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