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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MARTIN EDWARDS'The death was an odd one, it was true; but there was after all no very clear reason to assume it was anything but natural.'In the winter of 1942, England lies cold and dark in the wartime blackout. One bleak evening, Councillor Grayling steps off the 6.12 from Euston, carrying £120 in cash, and oblivious to the fate that awaits him in the snow-covered suburbs.Inspector Holly draws up a list of Grayling's fellow passengers: his distrusted employee Charles Evetts, the charming Hugh Rolandson, and an unknown refugee from Nazi Germany, among others. Inspector Holly will soon discover that each passenger harbours their own dark secrets, and that the councillor had more than one enemy among them.First published in 1943, Raymond Postgate's wartime murder mystery combines thrilling detection with rich characters and a fascinating depiction of life on the home front.

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Raymond Postgate

Raymond Postgate was born in Cambridge in 1896, the eldest son of the classical scholar Professor J.P. Postgate. He was educated at St. John's College, Oxford. During the First World War he was a conscientious objector and was jailed for two weeks in 1916. He married Daisy Lansbury, the daughter of George Lansbury, pacifist and leader of the Labour Party. His career in journalism started in 1918 and he worked for several Left-wing periodicals. He was also Departmental Editor of the for its 1929 edition. He was greatly interested in food and wine and wrote (1951) . He founded and ran the Good Food Club, as well as editing its . In recognition of his work on this subject the Medieval Jurade of St. Emilion made him a Peer in 1951. Postgate wrote and edited many books, ranging from biographies, detective stories, a novel and short stories to histories of the workers and trade unionism and a number of sociological and political works. He also edited and translated classical texts such as (1924) and (1969) . His other books include (edited, 1920) , (written in collaboration with his brother-in-law G.D.H. Cole, 1939) , (1951) and His son was Oliver Postgate, the popular creator of many classic British television programmes for children.

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