The Blackpool Highflyer
Andrew Martin, Faber, £7.99
The second in what looks like a series of steam-driven thrillers takes us to Edwardian Halifax, where the streets empty for Wakes Week and the phone numbers run from one to four. Someone has placed a millstone in the way of an excursion train, and stoker Jim Stringer won’t rest easy until he knows who. Martin is pleasingly non-twee and, though his pacing is more tank engine than Highflyer, he knows how to keep his passengers on board.