“The Haunting of Tram Car 015” Review

View of a city square with multiple buildings and people in view and a green tram car moving overhead Written By P. Djèlí Clark
Published by Tor Books, February 2019
96 pages
Completed September 7, 2023

Cairo, 1912: The case started as a simple one for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities — handling a possessed tram car.

Soon, however, Agent Hamed Nasr and his new partner Agent Onsi Youssef are exposed to a new side of Cairo stirring with suffragettes, secret societies, and sentient automatons in a race against time to protect the city from an encroaching danger that crosses the line between the magical and the mundane.

This is one of the books in P. Djèlí Clark’s “The Dead Djinn Universe” and takes place prior to “A Master of Djinn”. I really enjoyed it – it’s a short story but one that felt complete as the agents were dealing with a someone easier case than the larger story. I like the way it worked out and the addition of the suffragettes sub-plot ended up feeling like it fit in. I liked seeing a couple of the side characters from the later story in here as main characters. Overall it’s a fun read.