Tale of wartime intrigue wins Ellis Peters Award

01/12/2011 by Katie Allen

Former barrister and journalist Andrew Martin has won the Ellis Peters Award for his mystery set during the First World War

Andrew Martin's seventh novel about railway detective Jim Stringer has won the £3,000 Ellis Peters Award for historical fiction, given by the Crime Writers Assocation.

The Somme Stations is set during the First World War and Stringer and his unit have taken on the dangerous task of driving the trains taking munitions to the front - while an investigation into a killing that occurred before the war unravels.

The judges praised the "winning synthesis of period atmosphere, intriguing plotting and a passion for steam railways".

The Somme Stations is published by Faber.

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