Off the Rails (Book Review)

INTRODUCTION

This post is about a book I spotted in Fakenham Library after work yesterday and have thoroughly enjoyed reading.

A CLASSIC MODERN DETECTIVE STORY

London Underground dominates this story, as all the crimes happen at London Underground stations. As the story develops, it becomes clear that there are two different cases on the go, the one involving the mysterious Mr Fox that starts the action, and another involving a group of students at University College London (UCL).

One of the group of students is introduced to readers as a classic rich, spoilt brat. The latter part of the characterization is absolutely spot on, but it turns out that he is not nearly as rich as he pretends to be. His arrogance is such that he talks about crimes which include on legal terms one count of manslaughter, two of murder and one of attempted murder as “things that needed to be done”, showing no remorse at all.

The choice of names for the two key detectives (Arthur Bryant and John May, giving a partnership of Bryant & May) is more than a little cheesy, but that is my only gripe.

The author has done considerable research on London Underground, and makes only one tiny error, in describing North End as a closed station – in point of fact it was excavated at platform level but never actually opened.

This book is a superb read and I shall be keeping my eyes open for further books by this author.

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