ROMANTIC notions of a cosy white Christmas in December 1954 for the tight-knit community along a secluded railway branch line are brutally dashed by the actions of a satanic Santa whose deathly season’s greetings soon send a tragic shockwave into the wider world.


Already grappling with a sudden family tragedy, Inspector Charles Vignoles more than ever needs his trusty deputy, Sergeant Trinder, and their team in the British Railways Detective Department, to unravel a complicated murder mystery with repercussions involving a psychopathic duo whose attention no right-minded person would want to attract. Unfortunately, that’s just what a young single mother and her little daughter unwittingly do as the action speeds along the former Great Central Railway line from rural Leicestershire into the urban bustle of London, Liverpool and Manchester.  


It’s not only the poor rabbits in the surrounding East Midlands countryside, blighted by a savage outbreak of myxomatosis, who wait almost paralysed in fear of what the future holds . . .  


As always, Stephen Done creates a pitch-perfect background of the tough post-war years in which the warmth of community well-being jostles with the growing sense of social claustrophobia for equal billing - and steam power was still king of the rails.

Published by The Vignoles Press (August 2018)

ISBN 978-1-9164010-0-6 




Second (revised) edition due in February 2019! 


Individual, signed copies are available at £8.99 plus £2.75 p&p (total £11.74).  

Please send a cheque to Stephen Done, 28a Holland Road, New Brighton, Wirral, CH45 7RB.

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