Globe writer Peter Grant meets Wirral based author Stephen Done who has written the first Covid-related crime detective novel.


WELCOME aboard the Plague Express ...

That is the curious theme of the latest novel by best-selling author Stephen Done.

This Transient Life is the 11th in the hugely successful Inspector Vignoles mysteries.

And Stephen, who is also an accomplished artist, has painted the striking front and inside cover illustration, is proud that the whole project is a 100 per cent Wirral production by his Liscard-based publishing company.

Stephen told the Globe:"My latest book asks the topical question: could a laboratory virus bring a nation to its knees?

"I wrote it during the first lockdown in response to the unfolding events.

"The story is set in 1957 at a time when the Asiatic Flu pandemic was reaching the UK.

"It is the most surreal case for DCI Charles Vignoles yet."

The latest in the train-themed series which includes the hit title New Brighton Rock - has been given the thumbs up by The Railway Magazine who say the 11th case novel is right on track.

The journal says: "A worthy addition to the series and a must for anyone who likes a good murder mystery."

Adds Stephen: "It's been a great way to come out of the lockdown."

It's full steam ahead for Stephen.

This Transient Life: The Vignole Press Price £10