on 15 August 2010
After two adventures based at home on the old Great Central Railway, our intrepid Inspector Vignoles finds himself and his wife whisked off to Trieste in the summer of 1948 to investigate murder and Cold War intrigue.
In turn we learn much about the west/east military balance in this area and the continuing miseries of austerity both home and abroad. We also gain an insight into Vignoles' family background and find him and his wife placed in harm's way.
His team back in Leicester are not overlooked as they investigate acts of vandalism and sabotage in the early days of British Railways.
Both storylines are concluded at a cracking pace and the climax involves the team at the 1948 London Olympics. This paints an interesting picture of endeavour in a time of austerity when rationing was often worse than during World War Two.
All-in-all, a well written and well paced addition to the series - just a pity that the proofing is poor in places; with sentences unfinished and a 'willis jeep'!
on 27 June 2011
Interesting plot but the attempts to infiltrate relevant song titles still grate and this volume resorts to Yugoslav folk tunes to make weight.
Although a ripping yarn by Boys Own standards there are still sufficient errors for me to pay attention to them rather than following the plot - I had to check to see whetehr Ray-Bans were current at the time (they were!) and I got confused between 'redcaps' and 'white helmets' - or, at least, I think that the author did. Not knowing whether the hero's wife is Anna or Anne is inexcusable - even if only poor proofreading. Pity really, it is up to Sapper standards.