Wednesday, 5 February 2020

#BlogTour Payback by R.C. Bridgestock


Today it's my turn on the BlogTour Payback by R.C. Bridgestock - the brand new series from the writers of DI Fylan and script advisers to TV's Happy Valley and Scott and Bailey.


About the Author
R.C. Bridgestock is the pen name of writing duo Carol and Bob Bridgestock. Between them they have nearly 50 years of high level experience in West Yorkshire Police. The couple are storyline consultants on Happy Valley and Scott and Bailey and appear regularly on TV, radio and in the press.

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About the book
Charley Mann left Yorkshire for the Met and a fast-track career - but now she's back and she's in charge and the area's first young female DI. Her hometown, the Yorkshire countryside, and her old friends all seem unchanged, but appearances can be deceptive.

When a brutal murder is discovered, Charley is forced to question everything, and the interest of her ex- reporter Danny Ray - doesn't make it easier.

Review
There is no mistaking the experience this author duo brings to the table both in policing and script-writing. You can easily lift the dialogue and plot, and imagine the series it could become.

DI Charley Mann returns home after a promotion places her back in an environment full of memories and nightmares. This time she is in charge and she isn't about to let anyone forget it, especially those who let her down in the past.

Of course there is nothing that shows the strength and weaknesses of an ambitious SOI more than a brutal murder the top brass want solving asap.

With her own secrets kept closely guarded, she finds herself confronted with friends and foes of the past - sometimes there is a fine line between the two.

Charley is an intriguing combination of straight-laced professional and a good ol' born and bred country lass. A stickler for the rules, a superior to look up to, and yet also a firm believer of local folklore.

It gives the character a real sense of authenticity. Readers can relate to the strength, the fears and the almost nonchalant way Charley also adheres to certain rituals, which are said to keep certain elements at bay.

Whether or not Bridgestock explores that element of superstition further in the future, well I certainly hope so - it adds an extra layer of uncertainty to the plot.

It's a police procedural with a strong and yet often conflicted main character.

I think it's fair to say that Bridgestock ends this book in a way that suggests Charley has only just begun to scratch at and peel away the levels of evil and corruption around her, which hopefully means this is the first of many.

Buy Payback at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Dome Press; pub date 9 January 2020. Available in Paperback - 8.99 and Ebook. Buy at Amazon com. Buy at Dome Press.  Buy at Waterstones.

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