6th December 2019
The Dome Press
The brand new series from the storyline consultants to TV’s Happy Valley and Scott & Bailey and author of the DI Jack Dylan novels.
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.
Payback by R.C. Bridgestock is a very well-crafted crime novel. It sets the scene very well, introducing DI Charley Mann and her team of investigating officers. Returning to her hometown after working in London to lead the police force is a big task for her, but she does so solidly, despite her initial reservations. Charley is a very human character, and makes the tone of the novel quite clear; casual and fun with a dark twisting side.
The authors’ own knowledge of the police force and its general running is very clear and makes the plot and individual events very realistic. I enjoyed this book hugely and would say it’s a brilliant crime novel with well-developed characters and some cracking bumps in the road. I would recommend this novel to people looking to start a new crime series with a strong female lead that’s gripping and thrilling without being too gruesome.
An extract from Payback by R.C. Bridgestock:
Charley knew almost nothing about the woman who had married her childhood sweetheart so soon after Charley’s departure, except what she had seen on Facebook. When the woman’s pictures started showing sunnier climes, Charley guessed that the happy couple had emigrated to start a new life. She was relieved – especially when she heard the news that she was going to be transferred home.
What was odd, though was that Charley’s ex was conspicuous by his absence on social media. It was especially puzzling given that his line of work normally required its considerable use.
She couldn’t remember ever not having trusted Danny. Older than her, and living on the neighbouring farm, he had taught her to climb trees and hurdle walls. He had soothed her when she tumbled. It was Danny who’d shielded her eyes when his father drowned the injured farm cat who was about to have kittens; Danny who disposed of the bodies of the dead animals they came across in the woods with respect and decency, always noting the place with a handmade wooden cross, sometimes made from lollipop sticks. They’d tickled trout together in the river and he’d shown her how to gut the fish so they could be cooked and eaten on a fire he built. Living alone with his dad on the farm after his mother left had taught him self-sufficiency at a very young age.