Reviewed by Leeanne McCarthy
Upon reading the title and blurb I was intrigued by this novel. This is the eighth in a series of detective stories by Andrew Martin. The series surrounds the detective Jim Stringers exploits and investigations. I was unaware of the series and had never read any of Martin’s literary works until now. It is possible to read this book as a standalone and enjoy it however it may be beneficial to read previous titles to gain the full development of Stringer’s character.
The book is set in the summer of 1917. Jim is despatched to the railways of Mesopotamia to investigate treasonous actions. Stringer takes up his investigation undercover and without the help or aid of a colleague who’s murdered he is very much alone in his work. It is clear Stringer struggles with adjusting to his new and very unfamiliar environment and this in no way helps his investigation. Martin takes you on a long and winding journey that develops the real complexities of Stringers character, investigations and ideas. The historical detail that Martin includes in impressive and really enhances the beauty of his writing.
The Baghdad Railway Club was a good read that intrigued me right the way through. I found getting to know Jim Stringer a little more difficult however I think if I’d read Martin’s previous works I would have had a greater understanding of the intricacies of his character and subsequently some of his actions.
RRP: £12.99 (Hardback) / £8.99 (Paperback)
Available to buy from Faber and Faber here.