RC Bridgestock

Author of the DI Dylan series
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Bio

The D.I. Dylan series of books by RC Bridgestock (Husband and wife writing team, Bob and Carol Bridgestock) comes from a unique perspective of a collective real life experience of high level policing of 47 years. As a career detective Bob Bridgestock worked in the CID at every rank. For over half of his service he was a senior detective, retiring at the rank of Detective Superintendent of the West Yorkshire Police force.
As a Senior Investigative Officer (SIO) in charge of homicide cases he took command of some twenty-six murder investigations, twenty-three major incidents including shootings and attempted murders and over fifty suspicious deaths and numerous sexual assaults, some of which were extremely high profile in his last three years alone.
Bob brings this unique insight and experience from how real life cases are conducted into page turning gripping fiction, aided by his wife Carol, who has 17 years working within the force. Carol brings her understanding and the experience of a partner of a frontline detective to the D.I. Dylan series. This combination adds authenticity rarely seen in British crime fiction, coupled with warmth, humour and humanity.
RC Bridgestock are story advisors for BBC’s hit crime drama, Happy Valley and ITV’s award winning Scott & Bailey.
Listen to Bob and Carol Bridgestock on BBC Radio 4's news programme PM talking about thier work on the award winning TV drama, Happy Valley.

Deadly Focus - Book 1

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The first novel in the D.I. Jack Dylan series by RC Bridgestock. Deadly Focus is a gripping crime fiction novel set in Yorkshire. When a young girl is abducted fear and suspicion haunts the streets of Harrowfield. Dylan's worst fears are confirmed when the body of Daisy Hind is found on a bleak windswept moor. As the murder investigation swings into action another child is abducted and suddenly Dylan has to confront the possibility of a serial killer preying on children and solve the case before a third child is abducted.
Deadly Focus is written by husband and wife writing team Bob and Carol Bridgestock. Bob brings the authenticity of over 30 years serving as a policeman with the West Yorkshire police force. For over half of his service he was a senior detective, retiring at the rank of Detective Superintendent and working on many leading homicide cases.
Carol also dedicated her professional career to the police force and received a Chief Constable’s commendation for outstanding work. She is now the Chair of a local writing circle on the Isle of Wight that involves the community in writing competitions for all ages.

‘A Cracking Story’
Natasha Harding ‘The Sun Newspaper’

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Consequences - Book 2

From the authors of ‘Deadly Focus’ comes their second book in the ‘D.I. Jack Dylan’ series.

Detective Inspector Jack Dylan’s list of things to do is getting out of control. He has two unconnected murders to solve. One victim is a small child and the other a young woman; plus a missing detective to find. Long hours are part of the job, but does he have the time to figure out the pieces to the crime jigsaws, and save his relationship?

With the pressure mounting, Dylan has to solve the murder of Liz, a young woman found burned alive in a public park. He also has to find out where half a million pounds of the young woman’s money has gone and how
his missing sergeant may be involved in the whole sorry mess.

Usually the search for the murderer begins with the immediate family but the dead woman’s husband is in prison. CONSEQUENCES shows the steps the detectives must take to find the answer to the question - who
killed Liz?

RC Bridgestock are consultants to ITV’s award winning drama series ‘Scott & Bailey’ and the BBC’s new police drama ‘Happy Valley’.
Listen to this exclusive free sample chapter from the second DI Dylan novel, Consequences. Available from Amazon, Audible and iTunes

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White Lilies - Book 3

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The Third D.I. Dylan novel

Two separate fatal road accidents killing three people are a cause for concern. Then the body of an elderly lady is found in her home, with a cause for suspicious death.

A newly promoted Detective Sergeant arrives but she is not as much an asset as a distraction.

In different locations, two girls are brutally attacked and it is thought the events might be linked but how is not clear. One or two local rogues could be responsible and are prime suspects. Arrests are to be made when a brutal attack on the occupants of the flat is discovered. One person is dead with horrific injuries and another is
fighting for life.

Work once again is dictating Dylan’s life and a heavily pregnant partner Jen is sidelined.

A young boy is stabbed and an elderly lady is taken hostage at knifepoint in a subway. Dylan is called to take charge.

Whilst Dylan is confronted by a madman, Jen goes into labour alone and collapses unconscious.

Both are life threatening situations that need a quick resolution, and once again Dylan is spinning numerous plates at once.

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Snow Kills - Book 4

PEOPLE GO MISSING EVERY DAY BUT IN SEVERE WEATHER THE NUMBERS INCREASE.

When Kayleigh Harwood, a young hairdresser, is reported missing by her mother in the worst blizzards Harrowfield has experienced in years, D.I. Jack Dylan and his team are called in to assist. Kayleigh’s car is found abandoned with her mobile phone inside but there is no sign of her. Clothing is found on nearby moorland and a search of the local quarry begins.

The investigation turns to a loner living in a dwelling close to where Kayleigh’s car was found.

As the snow thaws human remains are found and Dylan’s boss Chief Superintendent Hugo-Watkins thinking the two incidents are linked calls out the entire Major Incident Team, much to Dylan’s disbelief.

Meanwhile Dylan’s wife, Jen, becomes distracted and distant as unbeknown to Dylan her ex-fiancé is in their midst and stalking her.

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Reprobates - Book 5

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A burglary at Harrowfield mortuary. The body of 30 year old Kirsty Gallagher is missing.

Nearby, uniform police are searching the canal along with a small diving squad, following the discovery of some clothes by the bank side.

The body of a naked man is hoisted from the murky depths. His ankles are tied by a piece of rope connected to concrete.

Kirsty’s decomposing corpse is eventually found and an arrest is made which leads to a network of men whom D.I Dylan can only describe as reprobates.

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Killer Smile - Book 6

A killer with a macabre passion for human teeth stalks the residents of Harrowfield.

Three linked murders means Assistant Chief Constable Wendy Smythe is brought in to take ultimate charge of the serial murder investigation, and she is adamant on managing the task akin to a drama. Dylan has to
dig deep to remain professional.

Chilling, ultimate and full of menace. There is dark suspicion that nobody is safe until the perpetrator is apprehended. Will the ring of steel wrapped around Harrowfield bring the psychopath to justice?

Coupled with the fact Dylan and Jen’s daughter Maisy is hospitalised with an undiagnosed serious illness; Jack is under pressure on all fronts.

On a happier note Jen’s dad Ralph, introduces the pair to his new lady friend but all is not as rosy as it seems three hundred miles away on the Isle of Wight, when her son brings the police to their door.

Dylan shares intelligence with The National Crime Agency which brings back a deep seated anguish of fallen colleague DS Larry Banks.

Can he help them capture the boss of an international drugs cartel, and if so will it bring Dylan closure?

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When the Killing Starts - Book 7

Crime is a way of life for the Devlin brothers. Groomed at an early age and trained as criminals by local gangsters, the Devlin brothers get their thrill out of creating fear amongst their victims. They have a macabre pact; not to be arrested or caged.
Brutality hits the town of Harrowfield when the scourge of the community is found dead, his companion slaughtered. The locals react with praise for the killers.
The same day firefighters respond to a fire but lose the fight to save Merton Manor. Amongst the debris two bodies are discovered; executed.
As Dylan struggles to cope with the pressure, armed officers await his judgement call.
Can he remain professional or will he release his anger?
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