- Perfect Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: Hastings Press; 2nd edition (1 Nov. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1904109179
- ISBN-13: 978-1904109174
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 20 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (An Inspector Vignoles Mystery) Perfect Paperback – Unabridged, 1 Nov 2007
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Violet McIntyre has a decision to make. Her mother and younger sister depend on Violet making this the correct choice, but she could never have forseen just how bad it would prove to be. Soon Violet's life is curiously linked to an investigation that Detective Inspector Charles Vignoles of the L.N.E.R Detective Department is pursuing. Vignoles thinks he's making good progress, but when two young railway cleaners at Woodford Halse locomotive depot make a startling discovery, everything spirals out of control, becoming ever deadlier by the hour. D.I. Vignoles struggles to understand the worsening situation, and like the smoke from the grimy locomotives that gets in his eyes, his judgment becomes clouded. But he cannot afford to make a mistake - a woman's life depends upon it.Set in 1946 during the austere gloom of post-war Britain, this is a gripping and atmospheric murder mystery, laced throughout by the atmosphere of the old Great Central Railway and the swing beat of the music of the time.
From the Author
A crime mystery set in the 1940's. The first in a planned series.
Based along the now closed Great Central Railway line, in the days of the London & North Eastern Railway ownership. Much of the action centres around Woodford Halse, Charwelton and Leicester Central.
Lots of steam locomotives, human interest and action!
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Top Customer Reviews
Behind the main story strands, state nationalisation and emerging equal rights issues colour the palette - but the author gives this a gentle sepia wash rather than the usual full-on treatment. And his messages are, in many ways, all the more powerful for it.
The author paints a picture of how this could have been a time for revolution, with shortages of everything, except for potential victims of loan sharks, counterfeiters and small-time criminals. How the 'good guys' deal with the threats posed a sinister, burgeoning underworld, growing in the heart of their community and infecting the creaking instruments of the state is the real point of interest in this novel. And the ways in which the various issues raised by the author are resolved are ultimately very satisfying.
All in all, just like the railway system described in 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes', you get the sense that, in post-war rural England, 'whistle while you work' and 'make do and mend' attitudes were formidable weapons in the war against, on the one hand, societal change and, on the other, gangsters, spivs and kidnappers.
A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, where to begin - there are multiple anachronisms, not to mention an inordinate number of typos. Read morePublished on 29 July 2013 by S. Carr
As a railway enthusiast I found the detail of the trains and locations very real, being able to pick in my head a mental picture of the locations from photpgraphs I have seen in... Read morePublished on 14 April 2012 by Robin
OK so I'm only half way through but I find myself shouting at every page "don't do that". As an avid reader of Edward Marston and Andrew Martin I was looking forward to a similar... Read morePublished on 25 July 2011 by R. Scrivener
This was quite an entertaining plot; although unbelievable in places it is probably no more so than a host of other crime mysteries. Read morePublished on 26 April 2011 by C. B. Tomkinson