The fourth book in the Inspector Vignoles series

October 31st 1949. Smog chokes London as the body of Jack Pym floats in the oily waters of the Regent"s Canal near Marylebone station. resumed a suicide, it looks a simple case, but D.I.Vignoles of the British Railways detective department suspects foul play. Pym"s wife is telling lies, and nothing is quite what it seems. As the Pyms" private lives are uncovered, darker and more deadly truths are revealed – and there are those prepared to kill to keep these secrets safe.

The story races between Marylebone and Leicester behind grimy steam engines on the Great Central line, reaching a dramatic conclusion in Southampton docks…

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ISBN 978-1904-109-21-1    Published January 2011    296 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