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Funicular: What Is Truth When the Past Is a Lie?

Narrated by: Jade McLean
Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Summary

A detective mystery with strange supernatural elements allowing not even the past to be trusted, full of intrigue and mystery, an urban fantasy, a crime thriller that will mess with your mind. Not your run of the mill police procedural.

After his life is threatened, DI Bob Dixon leaves London hoping for the quiet life in the northern village of Saltburn-by-the-Sea. But when he takes on the case of young Lizzy Scraggs, missing since a huge tide hit Saltburn six years earlier, he embarks on an investigation that will push him to the very edge of reason.

Out on the beat, Bob learns the legend of the funicular car that left the top of Saltburn’s famous cliff lift many years ago carrying two passengers, and arrived at the bottom empty save for an abandoned ticket. And every big tide since has seen another local child disappear. 

Feeling increasingly manipulated by a shadowy nemesis, Bob struggles to make sense of the seemingly impossible clues before him. How can the dead live again? Who is the tortured man haunting the churchyard in nearby Marske? And with the next massive tide just hours away, can Bob solve the puzzle and bring an end to the tragedy of Saltburn’s missing children? 

©2018 T F Lince (P)2019 T F Lince

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  • Deedra
  • United States
  • 23-07-19

Funicular

This is a very cool detective mystery with supernatural elaments tossed in.I enjoyed it! Jade McLean was a fine narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Helen
  • Paignton
  • 21-07-19

amazing book

A detective mystery with strange supernatural elements allowing not even the past to be trusted, full of intrigue and mystery, an urban fantasy, a crime thriller that will mess with your mind. Not your run of the mill police procedural.

amazing mystery book with supernatural mixed in amazing writer T. F. Lince and brought to life by Jade Mc Lean

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A supernatural mystery

An imaginative mystery story set around a missing persons story, with a bit of a supernatural element best describes this book. I loved the setting and the characters in the book all of whom brought their own element to the story. Not what I expected at all, but it took a standard mystery story, gave it a twist or two, added in some supernatural elements and captivated me. It was an easy listen, with good narration and kept the Funicular at the centre of the story. I really hope that we see Bob Dixon again.

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Fantastic story, great narration

This was my first audio novel and i was hooked! The story was amazing and kept me enthralled with so many twists and turns! The narration by Jade McLean was brilliant, she had all the characters voices spot on, it felt like more than one person talking! Great book highly recommended!

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  • TAF22
  • North Yorkshire , United Kingdom
  • 24-06-19

Just enjoy the ride!


Well I'll say this for Mr Lince, he can spin a cracking tale. This is the second book out of his weird and wonderful imagination, and the story of the strange goings on at the Funicular at Saltburn by the Sea is just as spellbinding as his first book, Room 119. However I noticed a vast improvement in the writing style this time round, which means the author is getting better and better.
I listened and read this book via whispersync. The narration was ok, however I think with the amount of male characters and plenty of dialogue, I would have preferred a male narrator, as many of the characters portrayed sounded too young and feminine to fit the description. However, that particular part of the north east has an accent that is difficult to mimic, and she did a reasonable job of this. At no point did I consider not listening which is a great sign, as I'm a fussy bugger when it comes to narrator's! 
All in all a great listen and read, I await the next strange ride with anticipation!

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  • DubaiReader
  • Holsworthy, Devon, United Kingdom
  • 20-06-19

What happened on the Funicular??

I'm trying to theme my books at the moment and I just left Genoa, where they have several funicular railways. As far as I know, they are not water operated, but I only investigated one. I decided my perfect next read would be Funicular, which was waiting patiently on my Audible tbr.

This turned out to be an excellent listen and the narration in Jade McLean's London accent was spot on. I loved the way Mr Lince wrote and his one-liners often made me smile. I was totally immersed in the life of D.I. Bob Dixon, who moves out of London and up to sleepy Saltburn-by-the-Sea, to become their new Chief. Bob gets to hear about the children who have disappeared from the town every time there is an extreme high tide and he determines to find answers to where all these children have gone. Then he gets warned off....

The author did a great job of making me take a complete re-think, but for perfectly legitimate reasons and I loved the supernatural element which slowly built through the story. So you're probably wondering why I've given it four instead of five stars? I'm afraid it was the ending, it just got a bit too far fetched for me, but otherwise a fab book, highly recommended.
LibraryThing allows 4.5 stars, about time other review sites did too.

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  • NM
  • UK
  • 18-06-19

I think I’m sold!

Hmmmm...I wasn’t completely convinced that this was going to be the listen for me, me being a sceptic and all that. However, what a pleasant surprise. I gave in and let myself be swept up in the fantasy of it all and as a result I thoroughly enjoyed this very well written, complex tale.
It was made even more enjoyable by the fact that I’d just returned from Lynmouth in North Devon and ridden the funicular there. In actual fact, I’m glad I did that before, not after, reading this book.
One thing that was a little frustrating, was the way in which the narrator portrayed Bob. He sounded a bit dull even when the excitement grew. It wasn’t the case with the other characters, just him. It detracted from the climatic end to the story for me.

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A crime story with a supernatural twist

Bob Dixon is a London copper who is disenchanted with his lot and he moves to Saltburn hoping for an easier life. At first he is treated as an outsider by his new colleagues but after changing his approach and voluntarily going out on the beat with a young rookie policeman, George Higgins, he is soon included in the station banter. His next problem is a little tricker, he is a detective in a town where his skills are just not required! Bob decides to look into the cold case of a missing girl and then the fun really begins. Both Bob and the reader are left wondering what on earth has happened when the past mysteriously changes, or does it? This is a crime story with a supernatural twist and just a little bit of magic.

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Funicular

The only way I can think to describe this book is as a cosy supernatural mystery thriller! Its starts of like a regular police procedural type story - cop coming to the end of his career takes a post in a quieter area with the hopes of a peaceful run-in to retirement. But when he starts to look into a cold case about a missing girl, it all goes a bit sideways!
This is very unique story with some brilliant characters that you can't help but warm to and what a setting! So well described I felt like I was there.
I was lucky enough to get a copy of the audio version and absolutely flew through it in a morning as I just couldn't stop listening!

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T.F.Lince does it again!

An interesting book based in Saltburn by Sea and it’s amazing Furnicular.
The story has some really witty moments and I found it really entertaining.
It was easy to listen to and I found myself rooting for Bob and Higgins.

A ghost story with a conscience 👏👏👏!

Thanks to Trevor for the opportunity to listen and review this audio book.

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  • Janice Demille
  • 01-06-19

Fun listen

This is a fun listen, I enjoyed the story and the narrator did a great job.

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  • N.W.Wisniewski
  • 09-07-19

Worth a Listen

A supernatural detective story. I enjoyed the characters they were developed fairly well. The storyline reminded me of some old X-Files shows. The narration was a little hard to follow sometimes but it was good.

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  • Myrna
  • 18-06-19

Great story!

Bonus code was given for honest review. Story and narrator were great. Some real twists!

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  • Aquakittie
  • 12-06-19

WOW! Very unsuspectingly good!

Alright, I started this off feeling pretty straight forward about this story. Interesting name and setting. Ok ok. But then we start pushing through the weeds and getting to the bones of the story and holy cow! What a unique tale. I don't think I've heard of a story quite like it. Most mysteries and many thrillers feel sort of copycat-ish of some story or another. But not this one. I can't think of a single story that felt similar.

Nearly retired DI Bob Dixon, moves to this sleepy little town Saltburn-by-the-sea. He's there to run out his term for a mellow final stretch before he retires. The local police take a bit of time warming up to Bob but he endears himself to the force easy enough after some kindness extended to a newer recruit, Higgins. Bob decides to zero in on an 6yr old cold case of the missing child, Lizzie Scraggs, since there doesn't appear to be much else going on in the village.

Taking Higgins under his wing, Bob takes a twisty turny jump down the rabbit hole trying to get to the bottom of this case. Your run of the mill criminal mystery turns on its head and this story becomes something right out of the twilight zone with plenty of supernatural events.

The legendary cliff lift (the Funicular) becomes the center point for the weird events in the story. What's up? What's down? What's truth? What's lies? Who's behind it all? All answered and all a total shocker. A few times you're left scratching your head in wonder of what just happened. The story covered a few decades as Bob's revelations unfold. A few of those decades occurring in the past making Bob question his sanity and grip on reality.

The narrator was brilliant and executed all the voices beautifully. I wasn't left cringing when she ran through the men's dialogues she was that smooth.

After reading a few other reviews, I'm beginning to see that I'm missing out on other unique works by this author. I'd definitely recommend this story and plan to check him out further.