The Inspector Vignoles Mysteries


The Mountsorrel Mystery & Other Stoires - Inspector Vignoles Mystery no 8  







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Steam Railway Magazine thought 'Blood & Custard' 'unputdownable'!



'As good as Morse or Lewis'


 'Dark and sinister yet warm at  times. A real page turner.'


 'Surpassingly good'


 'The best Railway Detective on  the market'


 'Five stars out of five A+++'

 (Review on Amazon)



DI Charles Vignoles and his trusty sidekick DS John Trinder of the LNER, later British Railways, Detective Department, based in Leicester Central railway station, have now solved six compelling cases... but there is always another mystery to solve! 


Trainspotting with the Detectives


Set on the former Great Central Railway 'London Extension' between Marylebone and Nottingham Victoria, their first adventure was recounted in Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, in the spring of 1946, to a strange, mysterious investigation in 1950, and the latest adventure that sees Charles and Anna Vignoles holiday in New Brighton in the summer of 1951 and soon find their holiday ruined by murder.


Each book moves on a year, with changing fashions, music and events always in the background, including the profound change of the Nationalisation if the railways in January 1948. You will meet many characters along the way, including the stuffy Chief Inspector Badger who is more often than not the bane of Vignoles's life, the delightful Mrs Anna Vignoles and Anna McIntyre, and the two young locomotive cleaners at Woodford Halse engine shed, Eddie and Simon, who both have the knack of getting into sticky situations...


New Brighton Rock see Charles and Anna Vignoles take a welcome summer holiday for a week at the busy seaside resort on the Wirral banks of the River Mersey, looking out on to the broad and windy Irish sea. With a fairground, pier, ferry and the modern electric railway, it was a great place to unwind....but things immediately start to take on a darker hue, and soon their holiday plans are thrown into disarray....


These books are self-published and funded with production values to the highest standards;printed on high-grade paper that won't go brown in a matter of weeks, and will only ever be available as a proper, real book!


Written in my spare time after a full time job, the inspirational covers are created by my friend Bill Citrine, and the text knocked into shape and brilliantly typeset by Helena of the Hastings Press, who believes in placing self-publishing on a comparable level with mainstream publishing. In other words, a team of just three have brought you the seven Inspector Vignoles Mysteries to date.


I hope you will find them good, entertaining examples of British detective crime fiction, with lashings of steam and smoke, the grimy reality of the post-war railway, and packed with nostalgic glimpses of a Britain now long past...


These self-published and self-funded books are now selling fast! Over 16,000 copies shipped out!


All books featured in the award-winning 'Six Book Challenge' run by De Montfort University, Leicester, under the inspiration leadership of Andrew Jennison. Vignoles has now helped get reluctant readers into reading and enjoying books. Proud to be associated with this project.



And all Vignoles novels are stocked in the Great Central Railway bookshop at Loughborough Central. Every purchase helps fund this preserved main line and the 'Bridge of the Future' project to link Leicester and Nottingham with a steam railway again.