It is the summer of 1905 and Jim Stringer is copiloting a special train filled with overheated excursionists headed to Blackpool, the seaside resort on the English coast. At the moment when the train picks up speed, a huge rock comes into view farther down the tracks; it lies directly in their path. Full stop of the engine; full steam ahead with the mystery.
As he did in The Necropolis Railway, Stringer doffs his railway hat and dons his detective’s derby, assisted once more by "the wife" and her brilliant detecting skills. Capturing the world of railway stations and locomotives during the Edwardian Age, The Blackpool Highflyer carries readers to a place where dark shadows lurk behind innocence and the solution to the mystery waits at the end of the line.
About the Author
ANDREW MARTIN was a Spectator (London) Young Writer of the Year and has written for the Guardian , the Daily Telegraph , and Granta . He has a weekly column in the New Statesman . He lives in London.
UK PRAISE FOR THE BLACKPOOL HIGHFLYER
"A steamy whodunnit . . . This may well be the best fiction about the railways since Dickens."—INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
"An irresistible excursion into a bygone world." —THE SUNDAY TIMES
"Brisk and atmospheric."
— Kirkus Reviews
"The historical research is so good and the atmosphere of England in 1905 so well captured you would think that the author had lived there. A simply marvelous read."