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Percy Poole and the Ghost Train

It is 1933 and Percy Poole, the fourteen-year-old son of Detective Inspector Brian Poole, is in Birmingham's Snow Hill Station - trainspotting. Suddenly a train hurtles through the station at breakneck speed, with a sound like the buzzing of a huge swarm of bees. It is unlike any train Percy has ever seen, black and bullet-shaped, without cylinders, funnel or smoke. The appearance of the train coincides with a series of daring robberies of priceless art treasures; and when Inspector Poole goes missing, Percy and the ghost of his sister Julia have to follow the clues to solve the mystery of the Ghost Train and rescue his father from the ruthless criminal mastermind Count Frederick de Lille.
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Doctor Bill Thompson was born in 1934 and has a son and a daughter. He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School in Aston, Birmingham, and then spent a year at Birmingham University looking after animals in the Zoology Department. He then joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and trained for a year to be a nurse. He moved to London and trained to be a bacteriologist and spent two years at the Royal Army Medical College in Westminster. After his army service he joined the chemical laboratory at Fort Dunlop, Birmingham. In that year he married the love of his life - Ann - who he met in London when she was in Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps. He advanced to become Environmental and Health and Safety Adviser for the whole European part of the company and eventually he was in charge of the security and fire service, the medical centre, and postal department and the canteen. After years of hectic working he decided to retire. Sadly before his retirement his wife suddenly died much to his dismay. Once retired, he began to write novels and short stories. He also began to paint in watercolours and oils. He is a member of the Society for All Artists and a friend of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. He makes model ships, does woodturning and woodcarving makes miniature doll's-house furniture and is also a keen gardener. He has written four novels so far.


Percy Poole and the Ghost Train is about a 14 year old boy who's Detective Inspector father goes missing following the appearance of the ghost train! Percy, Sergeant Williams and the ghost of Percy's sister Julia have to solve the mystery of the ghost train and also find Percy's Dad, Brian Poole. I read this book in three days, it was so good. I really enjoyed it. It is a must read for children who like to read mystery books or anybody who likes to read all sorts of books. I would recommend it for anybody aged 8+. It contains a bit of violence! Reviewed by Jack, aged 11

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