& other stories




From the author of Blood & Custard and The Murder of Crows ― an eagerly awaited selection of brand new stories featuring Chief Inspector Vignoles and his much-loved colleagues from the British Railways Detective Department as they tackle a varied caseload of odd, baffling and blood-curdling crimes…


In the title piece, a railway worker is found dead beside the Mountsorrel Railway. It looks like suicide, but could it be murder? 

‘One Way Ticket’ shows a different side to the usually irascible Superintendent Badger as he recounts a perplexing murder mystery from his early years in the force.

In ‘Rogue Parcels’ Anna Carelli (the future Mrs Vignoles) shows her own aptitude for crime-solving in a sparkling World War II yarn involving stolen packages at Leicester Central.


Set in and around the former Great Central Railway, these interwoven stories move between 1939 and 1953. Whether speeding towards Dover on ‘The Golden Arrow’, or hurtling through the snowy night aboard the ‘Master Cutler’, this wonderful collection will be a treat for all readers who enjoy a good crime story set against the atmosphere and romance of Britain’s steam railways. 


ISBN 978-1-904109 32-7

The Hastings Press



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.

The full range of books are also held at:

Great Central Rly Bookshop, Loughborough Central.

Glous-Warks Railway, Toddington Station, Toddington.

Vale of Rheidol Railway, Aberystwyth.

Heifers Bookshop, Trinity Lane, Cambridge.

Literally… Atherton Street, New Brighton.

And can be ordered from all bookshops and online.





"I must congratulate you on yet another gripping read, I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it from cover to cover on my day off."

Hilary Cooper, Great Central Railway Bookshop


"Well done for writing another excellent book in the Inspector Vignoles series. Thoroughly enjoyed the Mountsorrel Mystery especially since I can relate to many of the locations. The six short stories were a brilliant idea to develop the main characters and give us a better understanding of their past."

Andrew Jennison, De Monfort University