2020, Blog Tour, Book review

Review: Payback by R.C. Bridgestock @RCBridgestock @DomePress #Payback

Today I’m over the moon to be sharing my review for Payback by R.C. Bridgestock as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to the publishers and authors for the invite and copy of the book.

About the book


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 is available to purchase now – Amazon

My thoughts

I always love getting stuck into a new series and when I read the synopsis for Payback i was very intrigued and it sounded just like my cup of tea so I couldn’t wait to start reading and when I did, I just couldn’t stop.

Charley Mann is home and she’s now in charge, she’s hardly had time to take her jacket off though when a call comes through to say a body has been found and Charley is off to the scene.

Having been away for a few years there’s some new faces for Charley to get used to and it was interesting to see who she had on her team and how they would develop and help with the case. There were many old faces too, some Charley was pleased to see and some that would be better staying in the past.

I really liked Charley, she’s quite feisty and determined and she won’t stand for any nonsense but there’s a much softer side to her too and the authors have done a fantastic job of making her really come alive and although we get a good sense of who she is from this first book I think there is so much more to find out about her and it’s quite exciting.

Payback is quite a fast paced story, the plot was really gripping and it was full of twists and turns. It’s very clear that the authors have experience with the police because I honestly felt like I was reading about a real case at times. Its detailed but not over powering but genuinely realistic. It was easy to to just fall into the story, everything around me just vanished and I was there, along side Charley trying crack the case.

I’m so pleased I had the opportunity to read Payback, it had me totally hooked from page one and it’s one of those stories that once you start just just don’t want to stop. Full of tension, gritty and down right engrossing I can’t wait to read more about Charley Mann and find out what’s in store for her next. Fingers crossed we don’t have too long to wait.

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About the authors


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.Social media

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