The Murder of Crows (1947)


Book two of the Inspector Vignoles Mystery series.

ISBN 978-1904-109-

3rd Edition revised (2015)




SOLD OUT. A new edition is under preparation for release by

The Vignoles Press in January 2020



As the Big Freeze of 1947 grips the land, the railways struggle in their battle against the snow and refugees from the recent war in Europe, freezing in the Displaced Person’s Camp at Finmere, are forced to resort to desperate measures to stay warm. The snow lies deep as a murder of crows sits and waits upon a telegraph wire along the edge of a lonely railway cutting. A steam engine storms out of Catesby tunnel and a young woman is thrown from the passing train. A killer is stalking the line…


Set against the backdrop of a dark and austere postwar Britain, Inspector Vignoles and Sergeant Trinder of the LNER detective department are soon involved in their most deadly investigation to date.


This is Stephen Done's second Inspector Vignoles mystery. His debut novel Smoke Gets In Your Eyes was acclaimed as: “An intriguing mystery, warm-hearted and evocative of the time in which it is set.” “A very well plotted detective story with some excellent characters and some wonderfully nostalgic steam railway stuff”. “A page turner! An atmospheric and gripping story in which the characters are painted very vividly.” “An absolutely riveting story that has all the elements of a cracking yarn.”

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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