Murder on the Brussels Express
A novel
Murder on the Brussels Express

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Murder, greed, betrayal, politics – and the Eurovision Song Contest.

A famous headmaster murdered. A petty criminal convicted.

Retired MP Acton Trussell is attacked, poisoned and kidnapped as he tries to uncover the truth behind the murder of the man who educated three Prime Ministers.

Spies. Russian Gangsters. Financial collapse. Quantitative easing. EU bureaucrats. Murder on the high-speed train to the European super-state.

And A Song For Europe – which England might actually win.

'Murder on the Brussels Express' is available in paperback edition (£9.95) from Halesowen Press or Kindle edition (£5.00) on

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'From the very first page I was hooked. Full of pithy throw-away comments which made the book so easy to read, I was snorting aloud with laughter…snappy and polished.'

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'The object of a book is to interest, involve, move, excite, fascinate and amuse you - amongst many other things. 'Murder on the Brussels Express' does all of these, and more. You have to keep going to see what evolves from this fascinating, sometimes exciting, sometimes hilarious, sometimes just witty, but always enthralling story.'

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As Britain prepares for the Euro-elections, this new novel looks into the murky, secret origins of the European super-state.


With its beginnings emerging from the chaos of Europe after the Second World War, the EU’s founding fathers were determined such devastation must never happen again.
But when it came to propaganda and brainwashing, did they learn from the Nazis?
Ex-MP Acton Trussell investigates the apparently straightforward murder of the country’s most famous headmaster.
It quickly becomes clear the murder was not the result of a burglary-gone-wrong.
As he delves into the secret past of the man who was responsible for the education of no fewer than three Prime Ministers, he discovers more than he bargained for.
The story follows Trussell’s investigations to London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and – finally – to Avignon.
He is only kept alive by the good offices of a 'friend' but even then his life is increasingly in danger as he stumbles on a conspiracy to destroy the Bank of England, rob Britain of its independence and hand the profits to Russian gangsters.
Meanwhile his daughter is trying to win the Eurovision Song Contest for England.
Author Nigel Hastilow says: ‘With elections to the European Parliament taking place in 2014, it is worth asking ourselves how the powers-that-be managed to create what is now more or less a single super-state.
‘It may have developed by accident but the more you consider the EU’s slow, determined and inexorable progress towards “ever-closer union”, the more likely it seems we have allowed a super-state to be created by stealth.
‘Is it possible that a group of determined people, with the single goal of accumulating most of Europe’s power and wealth, could really have succeeded where tanks and bombs failed?
‘This novel considers these possibilities as its hero, Acton Trussell, tries to prove the innocence of a man convicted of murder.
‘My novel “Murder on the Brussels Express” is a political thriller. But you can tell it’s fiction because it also includes an English band which thinks it is in with a reasonable chance of winning the Eurovision Song Contest and we all know that’s never going to happen again.’

'Murder on the Brussels Express' is available in paperback (£9.95) from Halesowen Press or Kindle edition (£5.00) on

Published by Halesowen Press who also publish "The Smoking Gun", Nigel's novel of low politics and high farce.


If you know your popular music you will recognise most of the chapter headings for "Murder on the Brussels Express". They are all song titles (except for two album titles and one song which has gained an apostrophe). Can you identify them all? e-mail for the answers.


1.      Boom Bang-a-Bang
2.      School’s Out
3.      Please Release Me
4.      Congratulations
5.      Good Morning Judge
6.      Coffee & TV
7.      Breaking Glass
8.      Do You Want To Know A Secret?
9.      Roll Over Beethoven
10.   Road To Nowhere
11.   Going Underground
12.   Happy Days Are Here Again
13.   Fixing A Hole
14.   Thank You For The Music
15.   Accidents Will Happen
16.   Everybody Wants To Rule The World
17.   Who Are You?
18.   When Tomorrow Comes
19.   Here Comes The Rain Again
20.   Ticket To Ride
21.   Live and Dangerous
22.   That’s Entertainment
23.   Girl’s On Film
24.   Midnight Stroll
25.   Money, Money, Money
26.   Give It Up
27.   Allons Enfants
28.   One Night In Paris
29.   Get Away
30.   Knowing Me, Knowing You
31.   Making Your Mind Up
32.   Puppet On A String