The Martian Girl: A London Mystery
By Andrew Martin
She can read your mind . . .
Brilliantly conceived, Andrew Martin takes us into the thrilling underworld of present-day London, as Jean tracks down the mystery of a Victorian mind reader who will not leave her thoughts.
'Ingeniously constructed . . . Andrew Martin's wry, amused tone is a constant joy . . . An altogether superior performance, The Martian Girl is a violent, funny, deadly serious entertainment' Irish Times
London, present day.
Jean, a failing journalist in her late thirties, finds herself entertaining a married man - a handsome, arrogant ex-barrister, universally known by his surname: Coates. Unsure of the relationship and wanting to develop her career, she begins to write a one-woman show about a mind-reader she comes across in her research - a woman who performed in the 19th Century under the name The Martian Girl, before disappearing without a trace.
Kate French, a striking young woman with a love for the stage, is honing her craft in the music halls of East London at the turn of the century. As the Martian Girl, she performs each night with her mind-reading partner, the cynical and money-grubbing Joseph Draper.
As Jean makes progress on her show, Kate - long since dead - begins to consume her thoughts. Jean starts to suspect that Draper fully believed in Kate's ability to read minds and that he found the idea deeply disturbing. What really happened between the two of them all those years ago? And why does Jean feel such an intense bond with The Martian Girl? As the line between Jean and Kate begins to blur, the fates of the two women are destined to transcend time, and finally to intersect.
Brilliantly conceived, The Martian Girl is a dazzling thriller that will get inside your mind.
Andrew Martin is a journalist and novelist. His critically praised 'Jim Stringer' series began with The Necropolis Railway in 2002. The following titles in the series, Murder at Deviation Junction and Death on a Branch Line, were shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award and, in 2008, Andrew Martin was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. The Somme Stations won the 2011 CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award.
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05 Jul 2018
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Ingeniously constructed . . . Andrew Martin's wry, amused tone is a constant joy . . . An altogether superior performance, The Martian Girl is a violent, funny, deadly serious entertainment. — Irish Times
Martin's depiction of Coates's mentally unbalanced viewpoint is worthy of Simenon . . . I could not bring myself to stop reading until I found out what happened to [the characters]. — Daily Telegraph
Martin is particularly good on the patter and atmosphere of Victorian theatre. A complex, but rewarding thriller. — The Times
The music-hall background is absorbing, the contemporary story tense and at times terrifying and both are very funny and sharply written, in this book-within-a-book tale of paranoia. — Morning Star
You won't be able to put it down. It's a clever, thrilling read, and Andrew Martin's ability to illuminate his characters through their vocabulary and patter remains as striking as ever. It's a book that demands concentration, but it's well worth the effort. — Crime Fiction Lover