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The Haunting of Tram Car 015

author: P. Djèlí Clark (2019)
narrator: Julian Thomas
date read: 24 February 2022
rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I picked up this audiobook after hearing it discussed on The Incomparable #600.

It’s an alternative Cairo in which magic was discovered in the 1860s, djinn and other otherworld creatures live alongside humans, and Egypt is a centre of political power – and drive out the British. Agents Hamed and Onsi are called to investigate a haunted tram car (which runs on something closer to a skyline than traditional rail tracks), and to evict the spirit that’s terrorising passengers.

It’s a gentle story without too many twists and turns. The worldbuilding is fun, the plot moves along quickly, and it was easy to listen to. I don’t feel a strong pull to read the other books set in this universe, but nor would I mind picking them up sometime.

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