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
Charley, I loved. Having moved away from her home town to London to progress in her career, she finds herself back in her hometown with mixed feelings. Whilst she is great at her job and likes to do things by the book, I feel there is so much more to come from her yet.
The authors do well introducing us to this new cast ...more
Charley is no angel. She didn’t get the nickname ‘Champagne Charley’ for nothing, she doesn’t suffer fools gladly, is intolerant of ...more
I’m Hooked on Mann
The new series from husband and wife crime fighters turned crime writers eagerly awaited, didn’t disappoint. What a fab read. DI Charley Mann is an inspired new character. I can see a TV series coming off the back of this new character who is real and flawed and dedicated to her job and recovering from a love-affair which turned nasty. She arrives back in her old stomping ground – from the Met - to head her old team and solve a Yorkshire murder but ...more
Payback kicks off this new crime series with a bang, introducing us to plucky DCI Charley Mann, who has returned to her hometown after having moved to London under challenging circumstances many years ago. I haven’t read anything by writing couple R.C. Bridgestock before, so haven’t got to experience their highly prasied DI Jack Dylan series, but from reading Payback I can see why they are such a popular writing duo.
In this novel, we slowly start to unpick what ...more
All the Yorkshire scenes terms and language are just in keeping with the setting, bringing a smile whilst reading as I'm a proud Yorkshire Lass.
Great first of a new series and impatient now for book 2 ...more
We meet Charley Mann, who having lived in London to further her police career in the Met after suffering a heartbreak, returns to her homeland in Huddersfield as a Detective Inspector.
On her very first day on the job a body is discovered hanging by its feet from a tree. Being thrown in at the deep end, Charlie has to lead a team of both ...more
A DI Charley Mann Novel
I think crime fiction readers and fans of DI Jack Dylan especially, are in for a treat with the first in this brand new series from RC Bridgestock. DI Charley Mann has warmth, grit and something just a little uncanny as she directs her team, hunting for a brutal killer operating close to home. Very close. Sometimes you think you know someone- and then they give you a shock. Charley has had such a shock- and she has kept it to herself, until now- but ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed Payback as it is a carefully crafted and meticulously plotted crime thriller. I think it’s the attention to detail from authors who know police procedures so intimately that makes Payback so intriguing. I felt I learned a great deal at the same time as being hugely entertained.
The way Charley Mann’s character is gradually revealed throughout Payback is masterful, particularly when it comes to her back ...more
I really liked the writing style. I found ‘Payback’ to be a gripping and fast-paced read with quite a few shockers.
I enjoyed meeting DI Charley Mann and her team and getting to know them all. I actually felt as if I was there in the ...more
As a police procedural, this is a well crafted story with a realistic flavour. It feels believeable. With pacing which never lets up and ...more
A fab new character following on from DI Jack Dylan.
DI Charley Mann has to prove herself returning back to Yorkshire from the Met. A feisty female who gets the job done, cuts no corners and is thorough whilst still taking her younger colleagues under her wing.
Policy and procedures followed to the letter with such authenticity due to their years of police experience.
Couldn’t put it down and kept me gripped to the ...more
*I received a proof copy of the book in return for this honest review.
This is the first novel I’ve read by the crime writing duo R.C. Bridgestock and I loved it. I am really pleased that I have discovered their excellent writing at the beginning of the DI Charley Mann series.
I’m quite partial to watching a British detective tv drama and that’s what Payback feels like. My imagination was the screen. There is such a high level of detail ...more
Having been a long time fan of the Dylan series, I always approach the start of the new series and characters with slight trepidation will it be as good?, will it have a different feel?, fortunately when you have two authors as good as RC ...more
RC 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, a down-to- earth detective, written with warmth and humour.
Bob was a highly commended career detective of 30 years, retiring at the...more