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CONSTABLE ON THE HILL

(Constable Nick Mystery #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  282 ratings  ·  57 reviews
DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE SERIES. MEET BRITAINS BEST-LOVED BOBBY.

Its original, its funny . . . one of lifes little pleasures. Yorkshire Post

THE BOOKS WHICH INSPIRED HEARTBEAT

The brilliantly entertaining and heartwarming books behind the hit 90s TV series Heartbeat. One of the top ten most watched shows of the decade.

Stories of a constable on his village beat in
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Kindle Edition, 189 pages
Published March 11th 2020 by Joffe Books (first published 1979)
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Linda Strong

This book was the first title in Nicholas Rhea's Constable series, which inspired the largely successful TV series Heartbeat. It is based on the author's own experience as a village constable in the North York Moors. The author passed away in 1919.

First in a series, this book introduces Constable Nick Rhea and his wife, Mary, and their three young kids. It is the 60's and Rhea has been posted to a small village filled with little major crime and quirky residents. His job covers just about
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Louise Wilson
Constable Nick Mystery #1

2.5 stars rounded up to 3

This is the first book in the constable series which inspired the British tv series Heartbeat.

Set in the 1960's in the North Yorkshire Moors. Nick Rhea, his wife and three children have just moved to Aidensfield. But the village is not as quiet as he was expecting it to be. Nick is the only police officer in Aidensfield so he's always on duty. The crimes are trivial compared to today's crimes. Refereeing arguments and finding missing animals are
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Louise Wilson
Constable Nick Mystery #1

2.5 stars rounded up to 3

This is the first book in the series which inspired the British TV series Heartbeat.

Set in the 1960's in the North Yorkshire Moors. Nick Rhea, his wife and three children have just moved to Aidensfield. But the village is not as quiet as he was expecting it to be. Nick is the only police officer in Aidensfield so he's always on duty. The crimes are trivial compared to today's crimes. Refereeing arguments and finding missing animals are all in a
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Stina
I love Heartbeat and was looking forward to reading the books that inspired the series but I was sadly disappointed. To me it read more like "The Life and Times of ..." as it read more like a memoir instead of a procedural story. I hate excessive monologuing without dialogue. And the chapters are too long and never ending. I don't like long chapters that take 40 minutes to read. It is dreary, dull and completely unexciting. I couldn't finish it.
Nancy Oakes
Dec 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be really blunt, this is not my normal reading fare, but I loved it. It's the story of a British policeman who moves to the village of Aidensfield in North Yorkshire to take the job as constable there and the immediate environs. It's a small village where everyone knows everyone, and although you wouldn't find (or at least, at the time of the writing of this book, at least) a lot of big-city type crime there, the author notes that there was enough going on to keep him quite busy. For example, ...more
Mary Lee Davenport
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable read for any one who has ever read James Harriots books about Yorkshire England.
Kim
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This was a delightful discovery. The books that the series Heartbeat was based on.
A young policeman moves in with his family and then gets to know his beat and all the neighbours! It was lovely to read a nice, gentle book from a different era and I love the fact that there are a lot more books in this series. A wonderful way to while away anxious evenings
Karren Hodgkins
Gentle, so very gentle.

I am enjoying this book, but have also found trying to read in one sitting was not the approach. Rather the anecdotal nature is best appreciated one chapter at a time. There are definitely some lovely smiley moments and reminders of a different time, with a different approach to policing.

I do understand the comparison to the James Herriott series but I think because I am smitten when it comes to animal anecdotes, I didn't quite connect as well as, understandably this is
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Janet
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Policeman Nick Rhea has been posted to the country with his wife Mary and their three small children. They move into the police house, high on a ridge overlooking the moors. It sits on the edge of the village of Aidensfield His investigations include the case of a clever pony who keeps escaping, a woman running through town naked, and a pack of Canadian timber wolves hanging out in a bus shelter. He soon gets to know all the characters on his beat, from his superior officer Sergeant Blaketon to ...more
booklover BEV
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1960 North Yorkshire just on the outskirts of Aidenfield this book is a joy to read. There's never a dull moment for P.C Nick Rhea and his family. Been a big fan of the television series Heartbeat I got stuck into this delightful book that has lots of twists and turns. But some added witty and funny moment's as Nick starts his new job. This is such a difference book and I enjoyed every bit of it right till the end. Brilliant
Stephen kinsella
Really good read, i thoroug.hly enjoyed every piece of wit and humour

I would recommend this book to anyone Nicholas Rheas descriptions of North Ridings and the characters who live there are so good it's almost like looking at a painting
Voirrey
Whilst I did enjoy this look at life as a police constable in the 1960s/70s in rural Yorkshire, I found the regular snide comments about how 'the socialists' would ruin everything so annoying that I almost gave up on the book.

I did finish it, but have no great urge to read more of the series.
Mary Yarde
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing


"Arrest?' he sounded horrified. "We don't arrest people here!"

If they did then where would Senior Constable Alwyn Foxton put his prized Chrysanthemums? After all, the solitary woman's cell was perfect for these delicate flowers.

When Constable Nick Rhea found himself posted to Aidensfield he had felt some trepidation, as anyone would when starting a new job. But what he had not been prepared for was the realities of walking the beat in this small community. To his delight and, more often than
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Amanda
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been a big fan of the television series called 'Heartbeat', which was inspired by the bestselling 'Constable' books released by Nicholas Rhea, for about 20 or so years. I still watch the repeats of 'Heartbeat' on ITV3 of an afternoon. I discovered the television series first and then decided that I would read the books that inspired the show. The books are slightly different to the television series but both are equally as enjoyable. I recently re-read 'Constable On The Hill' and I ...more
Joan
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novel starts the Constable Nick Mystery Books series and was the forerunner and inspiration behind the popular 90s TV series of Heartbeat that spanned 18 series and can still be watched today on Freeview. The characters are mostly the same as in the book: PC Nick Rhea (not Nick Rowan as in the TV Series), PC Alf Ventress, Sergeant Oscar Blaketon and loveable rouge, always on the make but often bumbling it, Claude Jeremiah Greengrass, and even his Lurcher dog Alfred.
Nicks patch is the area
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Alyson Read
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the highly popular "Constable" series upon which the TV series "Heartbeat" was based, and which are now in the process of being republished by Joffe Books. Altogether there were 37 books in the series so there will be plenty for fans to go at! It starts where Constable Nick Rhea is relocated to the hilltop police house in Aidensfield in North Yorkshire with his wife and young family. Even the removal van brought its share of characters. It is billed as "Constable Nick ...more
Linda
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh, the anecdotes of a rural bobby in the 1960's: loving portrayal of Yorkshire and village life🏠🏡

Author Nicholas Rhea has such a wealth of memories and anecdotes of the farmers and villagers he encountered as a rural policeman in the 1960's. I loved the television series Heartbeat that came from this set of stories. So many quirky characters, and a good account of 1960's life when modern communication technology was virtually non-existent (phone boxes and iffy radio reception), hardy rural
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Sharon Rimmelzwaan
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the Constable series that is being republished by Joffe books. There are a lot of books in the series, 37 to be exact, so plenty for us fans! This is a series that the TV series Heartbeat was based on, but I found that the book had differences to the series, so, I didn't just feel like I was reading the things I had already watched!
The story begins with Constable Nick Rhea moving into a hilltop police house in Aidensfield (if you watched Heartbeat you know this!) with
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Books 'n' All  Promotions
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: joffe-books
I enjoyed many a happy hour watching the reruns of Heartbeat with Dad. Therefore, I was very happy when I heard the brilliant Joffe Books are republishing the books that inspired the series.

Constable on the Hill is the first book in the series and begins with Nick Rhea arriving in Aidensfield and moving in to the Police house. The fun starts there as we are treated to a humorous description of the antics of the removal company.

I enjoyed watching the characters develop over the course of the book
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Joan
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel starts the Constable Nick Mystery Books series and was the forerunner and inspiration behind the popular 90s TV series of Heartbeat that spanned 18 series and can still be watched today on Freeview. The characters are mostly the same as in the book: PC Nick Rhea (not Nick Rowan as in the TV Series), PC Alf Ventress, Sergeant Oscar Blaketon and loveable rouge, always on the make but often bumbling it, Claude Jeremiah Greengrass, and even his Lurcher dog Alfred.
Nicks patch is the area
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Jacqui Huntley
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly enjoyable read but, I think, best as short reads rather than a longer stint. Each chapter makes a nice chunk. I've never seen the TV Series that was apparently based upon these books, not having a TV, but I can see how they would fit nicely with a series of programmes. The trails and tribulations of a young police constable and his family being thrown into rural Yorkshire in the 50s or 60s, not sure which, were hilarious. Archetypal characters maybe but they were real (and not that ...more
Darlene
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
I received this book from Netgalley for review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Nicholas Rhea is a prolific British crime writer. His works can be found through several publishers. This Joffe edition starts new readers on a lovely journey through North Yorkshire and into the village antics of Nicholas Rhea as he begins his life as a village bobby. He and his family moved to Aidensfield to begin a quiet village life with growing children. The quaint village isn't so quiet and the
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Jan
What a wonderful read! Time ago in rural England the constable held a very different position than here in the 21st century. One man was responsible for an area and his designated housing and motorcycle were provided by the police. He and his family could be reposted at any time and the removal company would transport their belongings. The villages were often welcoming to the extent of bringing anonymous gifts of food but somewhat insular as are small town folk of anywhere who mistrusted those ...more
Ruth Matheson
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall 4.5*
This is the first in a big series of books on which the TV programme 'Heartbeat' was based.  This first one sees PC Rhea and his wife with their 3 young children move out to a country station i.e a room within their house and all the adventures and different policing which was required back then including checking gun licenses to herding some escaped elephants from a travelling circus!  It is a great escapist tale of years gone by and will bring back memories for some older and not
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Sally Stieglitz
Mar 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This started out so charming, reminiscent of "All Creatures Great and Small," and I thought it would be a delightful relaxing feel-good read. Shortly in to the story, I began to notice a touch of preachiness...which progressed gradually to judginess. By the time we were up to the story of the lady who suffered from delusions, the narration that her delusions stemmed from being a s frustrated elderly virgin, the book was no longer whimsical. The beating of the (wrong) dog was another un-charming ...more
Tracey
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Constable on the Hill

Nicholas moves to Aidensfield to become the local Policeman bringing with him his Wife Mary and their three children. This first book introduces Sgt's Blaketon and Bairstow along with Claude Jeremiah Greengrass, his lurcher Alfred and a host of other characters.
If, like me, you loved the television series Heartbeat you will love this book the series was based on. It is a lovely gentle read and evokes feelings of a time long past when things were much easier.
Recommended.
john foster, mrs Debra Foster
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good little yarn.

Loved the TV series Heartbeat so thought I would give this a go, very different to TV, but enjoyable all the same. The trials and tribulations of a rural village PC, reminded me of the Herriot books, but a bit of a way to go to match that standard.I
A few of the well known characters we all love. Looking forward to the next instalment.
Greta Halliday
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My first book by this author and I absolutely loved it from the first to the very last page. This was such a lovely descriptive read about an old fashioned village policeman reminiscent of my childhood days. An absolute joy to read. Thanks to Joffe Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book.
Kathy
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Constable on the Hill

I thought this might be similar to M.C. Beaton s Hamish Macbeth books which takes place inScotland. It is but without a bumbling policeman who has no ambition. It is a simple book about the life of a village policeman, and his experiences. It was an easy read without violence, sex, or foul language. It was heartwarming and enjoyable.
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Gea
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-com
If you are a fan of the tv series Heartbeat, you will feel right at home reading the Constable series. Full of humour, great characters all set in the beautiful village of Aidensfield. If you enjoy this first book in the series, you have lots to look forward to!
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