The third book in the Inspector Vignoles series


It's 1948. Two British soldiers working on the railways in Trieste, Italy, are murdered for no obvious reason - and Allied intelligence is baffled.

Back in England, Detective Inspector Vignoles discovers his office at Leicester Central has been searched, whilst the suave - but decidedly suspicious - Captain Henderson is asking odd questions that stir up long-repressed memories…

Soon Vignoles is leading the murder investigation, only to discover that he is dealing with something far stranger than he could had imagined. A long-lost secret is about to be revealed, and it could rip apart the Iron Curtain to pitch the West into deadly conflict with the East…

A thrilling Cold War adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat as Vignoles's train hurtles towards a beautiful bridge spanning a deep ravine in Jugoslavia - and almost certain death!

Comments on The Torn Curtain

"As we have come to expect from Stephen, the story is detailed and fast moving, with an incident on every page. And it is all beautifully told against the background of austerity and tension between East and West at the time. The book is thoroughly recommended for providing and exciting and captivating read."

Mainline - The magazine of the Friends of the Great Central Main Line. Spring 2010

"The Torn Curtain is a gripping rollercoaster of a novel that demands the reader keep the pages turning. Stephen Done describes occurances with superb detail. This book is a worthy addition to the ‘Inspector Vignoles Mysteries’ which are, in this reviewer’s opinion, the best of the ‘railway detective’ novels on the market. Recommended. 4.5 out of 5 stars."

STEAM RAILWAY, June-July 2010

"Freeman Wills Croft was king of the Railway Detective novels but now he really has met his match! In fact, Stephen Done's richly atmospheric tales of Austerity Britain outdo his illustrious predecesor's Insp. French cases, and Done's Insp. Vignoles is clearly the steam sleuth supremo!"

"It takes an exeptional author and series to get me reading titles in quick, uniterrupted succession. That is exactly what happened when I chanced upon your books on the web and ordered them up for stock! I'm hooked and eagerly await book number four!"

Ewan Wilson, Waterstone’s


ISBN 978-1904-109-204    Pub. 2009    348 pages

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by Stephen Done

Inspector Vignoles is a railway detective on the Great Central Railway line in the 1940s and 1950s, in the days of the London & North Eastern Railway ownership. Lots of steam locomotives, human interest and action!

1. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

2. The Murder of Crows

3. The Torn Curtain

4. The Marylebone Murders

5. Last Train to Brackley Central

6. New Brighton Rock

7. Blood and Custard

8. The Mountsorrel Mystery


‘The best of the railway detective novels on the market!’ Steam Railway Magazine

'I love it! A real page-turner.' Daily Mirror

'Move over Aidensfield, the new Heartbeat could be here!' Daventry Post

‘Thoroughly recommended for providing an exciting and captivating read. Each move is meticulously told and there is a pace to the story that keeps one wanting to turn the pages.’ Mainline Magazine

‘A captivating group of characters who seem to encapsulate a more innocent age.’ Tony Johnson

'Not just splendidly paced crime thrillers, not just delicious treats for all steam train enthusiasts but really vibrant social portraits of the life and mores of the immediate post war, Austerity Britain. I intend putting them in my 'Best Read of the Year' slot in the run-up to Christmas.' Ewan Wilson, Crime Fiction Buyer, Waterstone's

'An intriguing mystery, warm-hearted and evocative of the time in which it is set.' Dave Baker

'An atmospheric and gripping story in which the characters are painted very vividly.' Sian Harrington

'An absolutely riveting story that has all the elements of a cracking yarn.' British Railway Modelling

'Skillfully constructed and features a host of well-observed characters. Bags of wonderful nostalgia and a gripping denoument.' Tony Boullemier

'Stephen has originated the new literary genre of Post-war Austerity Gothic.' Liverpool Daily Post