Can I get a whooop whooop!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 I’m thrilled to be hosting today’s stop on the fabulous blog tour for R.C. Bridgestock’s new series Payback.
A massive thank you to Emily Glenister of The Dome Press for inviting me on the blog tour and for my copy of Payback.
Charley Mann left Yorkshire for the Met and a fast-track career – but now she’s back, 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.
What Did I Think?
Don’t you just love it when you start a new series right at the very beginning? Getting in there just as the characters’ journeys start? This is how I’m feeling about meeting DI Charley Mann! And what’s even better she’s living right here in God’s own country of Yorkshire! I may be adopted by Yorkshire but I love how authors use this beautiful county as a backdrop to their books.
Now our Charley, she works hard but she plays hard. She get stuck into the investigation and she takes no sh.. from anyone! Whether it’s in the police station or in the pub… I really took to her from the off, the way she investigates, the way she manages her team and deals with her ex – he’s a right doofus!
And on her return to gorgeous Yorkshire Charley is greeted with one perturbing case. I mean seriously who puts shoes on the wrong feet? How significant is this minor detail? I’ll tell you it bugged me throughout!! But the killer Charley is tracking is one step ahead of her…will she catch him/her??! This is one twisted case Charley has on her hands
I loved Payback. Not just because the backdrop is my home county but I was addicted to the story, I was even reading as I ate my lunch at work. R.C. Bridgestock really has a knack of drawing me into the world they’ve created lock, stock and barrel. I’ll be definitely keeping up with Charley and her team as the series progresses. I’d recommend this is you love your twisted police procedural – seriously one you need to read!!
Who Is R.C. Bridgestock?
R.C. Bridgestock is the name that husband and wife co-authors Robert (Bob) and Carol Bridgestock write under. Between them they have nearly 50 years of police experience, offering an authentic edge to their stories. The writing duo created the character DI Jack Dylan, the ninth book of which was published by The Dome Press in 2019, along with their backlist.
Bob was a highly commended career detective of 30 years, retiring at the rank of Detective Superintendent. During his last three years, he took charge of 26 murders, 23 major incidents, over 50 suspicious deaths and numerous sexual assaults. He was also a trained hostage negotiator with suicide interventions, kidnap, terrorism and extortion. Bob was seconded to a protracted enquiry investigating alleged police corruption in another force. He worked on the Yorkshire Ripper and Sarah Harper murder, and received praise from Crown Court Judges and Chief Constables alike for outstanding work at all ranks, including winning the much-coveted Dennis Hoban Trophy.
As a police civilian supervisor, Carol also received a Chief Constable’s commendation for outstanding work.
The couple are the storyline consultants / police procedural on BAFTA-winning BBC1 police drama Happy Valley and series 3 of ITV’s Scott and Bailey, and are presently working with Scott Free Production scriptwriters on two commissioned TV drama series.
The couple pride themselves on being up-to-date on past and present day UK police procedures, and as a result, Bob is regularly sought by UK television, radio and national and local newspapers for comment on developing major crime incidents etc. They have also taken part in BBC Radio 4 (Steve) PUNT P.I.
Carol and Bob are also patrons and ambassadors for several charities.