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Aug 29, 2012

Final part of this series – Jane Austen, Stoneleigh, Spooky goings on and Good News for DI Dylan followers!

The subtle, soft, and dark swelling ambient drone of the air conditioning fan filled the quiet room.  The door opened and the light  curtain swayed to it’s breeze, in the half-lit hotel room. This was going to be no ordinary day…

Breakfast eaten and the sun barely broken through the clouds, we set off on our journey to Stoneleigh Abbey – for those who wish to read more than this ‘snapshot’ here is the link to the internet site

Stoneleigh has featured in the BBC’s ‘The Land Girls’ with scenes being shot in the stables but more importantly it has a family link to Jane Austen.

The place is most remarkable considering the Red stone walled building of  The Gatehouse


This  dates back to the 12th and 14th centuries during the time when the land was occupied by Cistercial monks and was used as a hospitium (guesthouse0, giving alms and shelter to weary travellers and was teh secluded Cistercian society for 400 years. Charles 1, Queen Victory and Jane Austen have passed under this archway as well as Bob and I :-)  …

The Abbey was founded in 1154 when Henry II granted lands to a small community of monks. The Abbey Gatehouse built by 16th Abbot, Robert de Hockele. In 1535 the last Abbot surrendered estate to the Crown at the dissolution of the monasteries. Estate subsequently granted (in 1538) to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk.

And to the other side. 

The gateway for little people?

A close up of the very Shakespearean staircase and balacony!

What was to greet us as we turned was quite unexpected for in 1561 William Cavendish sold the estate to a city merchant, Sir Roland Hill jointly with Sir Thomas Leigh.

Sir Thomas Leigh – Don’t you think he looks abit like Bruce Forsyth? ( The present Lord Leigh is a direct descendant of Sir Thomas Leigh.)

Thomas Leigh dies to be succeeded by his son, Thomas and Stoneleigh Abbey is described as a ‘roofless ruin’ but in 1561 substantial alterations  are made to the mediaeval buildings and much 17th century work survives. Sir Thomas Leigh, grandson of the 2nd Thomas, entertained Charles I.

In the days of the Stuarts the Leighs were ardent Royalists. It was in Stoneleigh Abbey that King Charles I. found a resting-place in 1642 where his majesty met with a warm and loyal welcome and right plenteous and hospitable entertainment from his devoted subject Sir Thomas?

Some of the circumstances of his story curiously tally with those connected with the Royalist owner of Stoneleigh Abbey, and certainly the romantic attachment of the Leighs, as a family, to the Stuarts would have appealed to the imagination of the author of ‘Waverley.’ So strong was this attachment, we read, that from the time of the flight of James II. down to the very close of the eighteenth century the Lords Leigh, of each  succeeding generation, kept aloof from all public affairs, refusing even to attend the meetings of Parliament. They lived in complete retirement, amid the memories of former times, and surrounded by portraits of the fallen family. Among these there was a likeness of King Charles I., by Van Dyck, which, during the troubled times, was painted over with flowers, and which was only discovered in 1836 by some one who saw Charles 1. eye ‘peeping out’ through one of the flowers!

 The Great West Wing of the house that greeted us through the Gate house we’ve just walked through. What a surprise! When Stoneleigh Abbey was inherited by Edward, the third Lord Leigh, in 1710, went to Italy and returned full of ideas and enthusiasm to recreate at Stoneleigh something of the classical architecture that had impressed him on his tour – the result was the West Wing, an imposing Baroque structure. Edward chose Francis Smith of Warwick as his architect. building began in 1720, and, by the time work was finished six years later, the final bill was more than £3,000. A  portrait of the architect holding a pair of compasses still hangs in the Staircase Hall.


You can see part of the 12th and 14th century Abbey that is still ‘attached’ today to the more modern wing. Most of the older part of the building appears to have been sold off for private dwellings but during our tour we were lucky enough to be shown into the private dwellings dining room (lined with Spanish leather, as we would with wall paper today).

The Jacobean House forms part of the original twelfth century Cistercian Abbey building. The main feature of the room, and what gives it its name, is the sixteenth century leather wall covering on two walls. The coverings are Spanish, made in Cordoba, and are thought to have been brought back by Thomas Leigh 1st when travelling on business. Originally there were thirty-six panels of which thirty-two still remain.



We were shown the library.

My stomach flipped as I walked over the threshold. My heart dropped into my stomach. I shivered at the chill, but a wave of heat went through me from my head to my toes and I thought I was about to faint. I grabbed hold of Bob as we listened to the tour guides speech, although I hardly heard a word. As we stepped from the room she came over to me. ‘Are you feeling alright,’ she asked. As I stepped outside of the room I felt fine. ‘She’s probably hungry,’ said Bob. She smiled. ‘It often happens in that room,’ she said, and stopped, turned and spoke to the group. ‘Lord Leigh used to do these tours, his two Rotweillers would never step over that threshold,’ she said, pointing to the library entrance. Jane Austen’s mother said of that room. ‘The room is for Heroine’s only. What she meant by that we will never know.’ She nodded knowlingly and we carried on.  But what was for sure the feeling in that room was from another time and a non too happy time either.

Chandos Leigh created the library out of the former state bedchamber and its closet, with two round arches cut through the separating wall. This satisfied his scholarly interests and created a ‘male domain’ of the kind deemed to be essential in the 1830’s. The beautiful bookcases are made of Coromandel – an unusual form of rosewood.    

In 1858 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited Stoneleigh. They spent many an hour in the Gazebo which has just restored to it’s original condition. I wonder what romantic thoughts they had from this superb vantage point on the River Avon which was re-routed by Humphry Repton in 1809 to create a lake effect nearer the house?

The local community still play cricket on the cricket pitch.

And to the stables and riding school built in 1819  by C.S.Smith in Red sandstone.

Jane Austen had family connections through her mother’s family. Her visits to Stoneleigh are often relflected in her writing. Here you can read about how

We returned to our hotel very touched by our visit to Stoneleigh and I’m sure we will return.

A message awaited me on the computer on our return to the hotel. What an end to our tour!

Thank you Chris and Ged at Waterstones Huddersfield – you made our day! We don’t mind being sandwiched between those best sellers! :-)

Till next time!

Carol & Bob :-)










Part 3! What do Babies, Book Signings, BBC Breaking News, Castles, Princesses, Knights, Stoneleigh, Jane Austen and ghosts have in common….

Leaving the north behind this time was harder than usual – a new grand daughter on the radar and three hundred miles between us and our lovely family and friends – although we know that they will all be ‘down’ to see us soon and we are lucky enough to have the luxury of not only telephones but mobiles, the internet and Skype to help stay in touch these days. So to Chesford Grange over into Derbyshire from Yorkshire – what a glorious sight!

For more information on the higest hills in the Peak Districk take a look at ://

We travelled past many of the scenes we have described in our novels, so we took a few pictures en route to share with you.

Our Dean Reservoir – Scene of dump site in ‘Deadly Focus’.

Moorland and a murder ‘dump site’ – ‘Deadly Focus’

Leeds Market Carpark – Consequences

The door to Tandem Bridge Police Station – The Dylan Series

The roadside view and section only of our ‘Harrowfield Nick’! The property store, carpark and further buildings are to the rear.

Our Sibden Valley – St Peters Park

The narrow bridge for only one vehicle to park – Scene in ‘Deadly Focus’ – Christopher Spencer Murder.

The start of Stan Bridge – Consequences

The long walk of the negotiator over Stan Bridge to the would be ‘jumper’ - Consequences 

 And we have many more to share with you throughout the series! :)

Chesford Grange was a lovely old hotel with many original features and was to be our home for the three nights – a rest but we were not prepared for what was to come! The food was glorious, some of the best we’ve ever had and the staff wonderful! We’ve got to give a special mention to Stacey our waitress!

Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth

Up fresh and early the next day we travelled to Kenilworth Castle and were treated to a rare day out as we were bot in turn taught how to be, act, dress like a Princess and Knight! For anyone wishing to take their children on a highly entertaining day out this is one NOT to be missed!

Being a princess at Kenilworth Castle!

And here are some more glorious pictures of the day out at Kenilworth Castle – especially for you Amma, Eva &  BF!

The Gate House

Looking out of the gate of the outer wall where the water would have been collected in years gone by.

An English Heritage project costing £1.2m has just been spent to restore the Elizabethan Gardento it’s former glory.

Hearts and entwined initials cover the graffiti-scarred walls of Kenilworth Castle, engraved into the soft red sandstone by generations of lovers for whom the castle has served as a romantic rendezvous… Come on Robert Bridgestock (Bob) you didn’t tell me you had been here before and in the 16th century????

And again if we weren’t already convinced by picture above!

Look how little their beds were!

But how big their doorways and tables were!

The beautiful windows.

And the ruins…


And tomorrow the final part of this tour. ..Stoneleigh, Jane Austen and the ghosts…

C & B x






Part 2. What do Babies, Book signings, Breaking News on the BBC, Princesses, Knights, Jane Austen and ghosts have in common…


Today, the 8th August Bob and I were very excited to be meeting a very famous person and for now that’s all I can tell you about it, (yelling EEK and jumping about with excitement), but I promise you all will be revealed in time …

In the car park, and with a smile that could have been associated with a Cheshire Cat, we  bumped into a colleague and friend from WYP, Chris Helme. Now Chris is a fountain of all knowledge and for any of you interested in the history of Brighouse and surrounding areas (DI Dylan territory) or brass bands, to listen to him would be your idea of a dream night out! Here is Chris Helme’s link to his website –

The 9th August and it’s my birthday. Brought all my cards and presents with me and as usual I was spoilt by my lovely family and friends. How old am I? Now, would you really expect a lady to reveal her age? ;-)

We met some of our oldest friends for lunch on the 10th August. You may have read about Dorothy the Duties Clerk and Janet, Chief Superintendent Walter Hugo-Watkins Secretary in the Dylan series. Here are the ‘named’ people in person!

 Bob with Janet to the left of the picture and Dorothy to his right in WHS Halifax.


We are very lucky to be invited back to Waterstones Woolshops – this shop must be the most beautiful Waterstones in the world (as you can see from the pic’s). ‘Deadly Focus’, as you have probably all read by now is out in Audio and so we launched it on this trip and at Halifax WHS and Waterstones Huddersfield Kingsgate. Here are some pictures of the places and some lovely people we met along the way and we promised to say ‘Hi’ to!

In the pic below at Bradford, Carol is holding up our very first copy of the enhances, unabridged Audio book  version of ‘Deadly Focus’, this audiobook is Electric Audio’s very first ‘full up’ enhanced production featuring sound effects etc which really brings the story to life. Something akin to radio play production, Publisher Caffeine nights. ‘Deadly Focus’ By RC Bridgestock is a crime thriller following a murder investigation through the eyes of the books main character DI Jack Dylan. It’s a really gripping story narrated by fellow forum member and narrator Paul Ansdell.

You can hear free chapter excerpts in our podcast series ‘Bookplugs’. Follow this link and select chapter 2. It’s free!

Visit publisher Caffeine Nights website here for more great titles:
For more information on author RC Bridgestock visit their site here: and find out what really sets them aside from most crime writers…

Electric Breeze Audio Productions say, ‘We are very proud of the final result and hope that this will be the first of many for DI Dylan and future releases.’

Statue of Richard Cobden inside Waterstones Bradford Woolshops building.

The stairs in Bradford Woolshops leading up to the landing and the Starbucks Coffee Shop!

The beautiful feature in the roof of the building. For more pictures visit

And onto Halifax WHS where we met the lovely Lisa Megson!

Today we had a phone call from Radio Leeds – not unusual as they often ask Bob to comment on one of their shows. This time it is the ten year anniversary of the Soham Murders When an anniversary like this comes about we can always remember what we were doing when we heard the news can’t we? It is nice to catch up with old friends and work colleagues on our trips north. Some who are still fighting crime on the frontline, supporting the victims. If only everyone did… The most dedicated ‘thief takers’ of the highest calibre are in the UK and we worked with the best. You can be assured that the police officers who work for you put their heart, soul and body into their job to protect us all. Now retired we are truly grateful to all those who have gone before us and those who are still in the job. Simply, thank you.

Onwards and upward to ‘Yorkshire Linen’ and the delightful two Michelle’s!

The most impressive and much taken for granted by me as a child, the Halifax Borough Market.

Dominating Halifax town centre, the impressive Borough Market, was erected between 1891 and 1896 and was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George V and Queen Mary). The exquisite Victorian architecture, much of which is still in its original state, makes this a building of great architectural and historic interest and hence the building is Grade II listed.

Today, enjoy the hustle and bustle of a thriving retail market with a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Bob on serious police work, guarding the chocolates in WHS Halifax!

To Friday morning and we get a call from the BBC in Leeds @ 6am to say that they have breaking news that Ian Brady was thought to have given details of where Keith Bennett is buried and they ask Bob to comment on the matter on the 7am news which he did.

To Huddersfield and here I left my shoes! Thanks for saying you’ll hang onto them guys! No I’m not in the habit of walking around bare foot but as most authors will tell you that at book signing standing around on your feet all day ‘in heels’ (that’s me and not Bob), can give you mega sore feet! So I’ve learned to take a pair of comfy shoes with me – I’m not a modern day Cinderella after all. :-)

Sammy’s friend Kate!

The star of the show! Our newly born grand daughter at her very first book signing! Annabelle Rene Beckwith (Bella) aged 18 days old.

Bella with Nana, Mummy and Daddy! Gemma did a little diary of her own whilst she was pregnant with baby Bella @

Until tomorrow and the final part of our journey to see what Princesses, Knights and Ghosts have in common…

Enjoy the rest of your Bank Holiday!

Carol & Bob :-)







Part 1. What do Babies, Book Signings, Breaking News on the BBc, Castles, Princesses, Jane Austen, Knights and Ghosts have in common?

A two week trip for us on the mainland!

Sunday 5th August saw our latest adventure begin! As always the Wightlink Ferry, our favourite crossing Yarmouth to Lymington, was wonderful – the sea likened to a duck pond.

This ferry passed us going towards the Island full of holiday makers who waved to us! Always really puts me in the holiday mood.

 The view from ‘The Bridge’ as Wight Light heads for Lymington harbour!

Hey, this isn’t a holiday Bob! You’re off to work! The Audio enhanced, unabridged version of ‘Deadly Focus’ is here!

Just for you, you can now listen to the first two chapter of ‘Deadly Focus ‘ narrated by the fantastic and very talented Paul Ansdell via Electric Breeze Audio Production! Thank you! You’re absolutely fabulous!!!
Book Plugs

The car to Bob’s horror is always full to bursting with the things I ‘just have to take with me when we leave the Island,’ if you remember last time the boot was so full it wouldn’t lock,  but this time I had an excuse, our daughter had just given birth to a little girl and we were going to visit, Annabelle Rene Beckwith (Bella) was born on the 31st July 2012 at 8pm. Here she is from the 20 week scan to her being born and in her Nana’s arms! Bella might be our little princess but there is more about princesses later…

  20 week scan – sex unknown

 Bella a few hours old.

 Bella two weeks old


Now I don’t know about you but ‘touring’ for me is not a pleasure  and goodness knows how people do it on a regular basis. Maybe they get used to only packing what they need for each stop over? Bob would ‘give his right arm’, as they say, for me to learn that trick!

We stayed in the Best Western, Weston Hall Hotel in Bulkington on our journey north for one night only as we were eager to meet the new addition to our family. The room we were given was in the newer part of the building  and although it hadbeen recently upgraded it smelt like the drains were blocked – urgh! Not a good start. However, the manager was really nice and moved us to the main building and a glorious, sunny, south facing room with big windows overlooking the front of the building. The staff were great and the food was good. Olympic finals on the big screen, what more could we ask for? We will be back!

Weston Hall, Bulkington

As you can imagine we were eager to set off the next day to meet the new addition to our family.

 My first cuddle with my grand daughter.

 Our six year old grand daughter Hermione with her new cousin.

Birthdays, book signings, princesses, knights and ghosts to come!

Be back tomorrow with Part 2. :)

Carol & Bob  x







Just one moment in time and beyond our wildest dreams as authors…

TUESDAY 24TH APRIL 2012 and beyond…

The journey continued South, homeward bound on the 24th April 2012. We travelled through the New Forest to Lymington before crossing on the ferry back to the Island. Funnily enough it was the same ferry we had set out on – was it only 12 days before…

Before I give you all the exciting news Bob and I would like to thank everyone we have met along our ‘journey’ for their hospitality and friendship – please keep in touch! Thank you to the other authors in the Caffeine Night Publishing stable for their support – you are amazing guys. Please check them out – And last but not least the biggest thank you to Darren E Laws our publisher who is simply ‘the best’ – we couldn’t have done it without you.

 We are on facebook, Twitter and Linkedin – you can connect with us here through our website

But before I go there is more exciting news …

Not only were we over the moon to be asked onto BBC Radio Leeds, Wes Butters show (listen again here @ but as you know we were ‘chuffed’ to be filmed by a TV crew to two of our signings; and instead of having a ‘quick chat’ on the sofa on ITV Calendar News they are putting a ‘film piece’ together which will be shown in the near future. As I can’t post you the ‘piece’ as yet here is a little about Calendar TV

‘Consequences’ achieved the No.1 place in the Bestsellers Chart at Waterstones in Newport, IOW on the same week Hunger Games came out. Both titles achieved the No.3 place in the Bestsellers Charts in Huddersfield.

 Huddersfield Waterstones Friday 27th April 2012

 Just look who is around us? :-)

 Best Magazine article – Issue date 1st May 2012

Writers News article issue date 12th June 201

Now, the news you’ve all been waiting for. As you are aware before the tour we asked people if they’d like to put their name in the policeman’s hat to be character-named in a book, in the ‘Dylan’ crime series. By the end of the tour we had one very full helmet!

During our time spent in Huddersfield as you can see from our blog posts we had a special draw for that day only as Huddersfield is our hometown. Fearne Robinson was the name picked out that day by the Manager of the Huddersfield store – you can see the pictures on our blog for Saturday 21st April.

Since we had so many entries at the end of the tour we decided to pick out two names. The first was a lady by the name of Mavis Beanland who we both remembered really well.  We met her in Bradford Wool Exchange and Mavis told us she is a real fan of crime fiction.  We actually took a picture of Mavis with Bob for our blog that day! She will be helping the team solve a crime in Book four of the series which is called ’Snow Kills’! Well done Mavis!

The second name chosen was Daniel Jones who wanted to specifically be a Forensic Pathologist in a novel, he said on his entry. He will be helping Dylan and his team in Book 5 of the series.

There were so many fantastic names we could use for characters in our hat and if we can use more of these in the future we will do. Before we do we will obviously let you know.

Until then… keep reading and enjoying!

And now… we better get writing!

Till next time!

You’re the best,

Carol & Bob xx





The ultimate – book signing in Stratford Upon Avon at the ‘Shakespeare Celebrations’!



Who can think of Stratford

Upon Avon without thinking of William Shakespeare? Born 23d April 1564 and died 23rd April 1616, aged 52.

William Shakespeare was born on Henley Street.


 Shakespeare’s birthplace.

At the age of 18years he married Anne Hathaway who was seven years his senior. A writer, of 37 plays and a shrewd businessman who amassed a fortune. William Shakespeare died in Stratford and now lies to rest in a special grave at Holy Trinity Church. Read more about William Shakespeare …

We stayed at the beautiful Alveston Manor, which is  just over the bridge from the town centre and within walking distance of Waterstones.


 Alvestone Manor is a magnificent Tudor building with many authentic features, whilst the gardens boast an ancient Cedar Tree under which, rumour has it, the first performance of  ‘A midsmmer Night’s Dream’ was given.

 Inside Alvestone Manor

 The Lord of the Manor – or just Bob? :-)

The Restaurant staff! Thank you guys you were terrific!

As you walk over the bridge and into the town you get the feeling how peaceful and sedate life is here…

 Onboard for a trip down the river!

 Passed the pub named none better than the ‘Pen & Parchment’!


And opposite is the ‘Gower Memorial’ that lays before the Royal Shakespeare Company’s magnificent building – read more about it’s transformation …

 RSC Building

 The Gower Memorial where Shakespeare presides over his characters in the garden below.

 William Shakespeare and Lady Macbeth at his feet.

We arrived at Waterstones who had given us a window display. The book shop is opposite Mr Simm’s Olde Sweet Shop and we had the most amazing sandwiches, with bread to die for, from the ‘Hathaway Tea Rooms’ a few doors away! If you go to Stratford these shops are not definately not to be missed!

 Waterstones window.

 Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe opposite

Hathaway Tea Rooms a few doors from Waterstones

 There was a great atmosphere in the town. ‘George & The Dragon’ passed us by, and the whole town it seems were celebrating Shakespeare’s life on the anniversary of his birthday and world book week. We felt very humbled to be signing our novels, in this town, on this special day.

 We met some wonderful people as you can see below…

Rick and Marie Montero were staying in our hotel. These lovely people were from Conneticut and came to see us and get a signed copy of our books – we will stay in touch!


Illa & Chris! Come on Illa get those short stories submitted!

 Richard Pauley came to see us all the way from Birmingham to get a signed copy of ‘Consequences’ for him and Lorna Mapley! Here with Deputy Manager Sara Griffiths and Bob.

Bob, Josie Ayres, Deputy Manager Sara Griffiths, Carol and Elin Lewis.

 Deputy Manager Sara Griffiths, Bob, Elin Lewis and Josie Ayres.

 The Girls! Deputy Manager Sara Griffiths,Carol,Elin Lewis and Josie Ayres.

Tomorrow we head home and there is lots more news to come yet!






Huddersfield – ‘Deadly Focus’ goes to No.10 in the top 30 Watestones charts this week! Calendar TV out to film book signing!



The imposing ‘Castle Hill’ towers above the industrial town of Huddersfield. The tower it self stands 900 feet above sea level and was completed in 1899 to celebrate the anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign and can be seen for miles around the Kirklees area of West Yorkshire, Bronte Country.

Bob started his first tour of duty as a police officer in Huddersfield where he was a patrol officer and later went into the Vice Squad, Burglary Squad and CID. The largest multiple murder in West Yorkshire for 40 years (now) was the Huddersfield fire,  where three generations of the same family were murdered – Bob took charge of this in 2002 – read more…

Not surprisingly our novels are based in Harrowfield, a fictional town based loosely on Huddersfield and Halifax where our Yorkshire Detective Jack Dylan and his partner Jen works.

Today we were back on home turf and therefore we have lots of news and pic’s as we met up with old and new friends. ‘Deadly Focus’ whizzed into the No. 10 spot in the top 30 bestsellers in Huddersfield on Wednesday – never known before for a local author.

No. 10 in the Bestseller table before we got there!

And just look at whose around us! Wow!

Once again Calendar TV was out to film us. Infact you might have seen Victoria later on reading Calendar news – she’s a girl with many talents!

Victoria Whittam filming Bob and his first (CID partner) Yvonne for Calendar TV.

Local police came out to mingle with the community, taking fingerprints which was fun for the children and handing out advice to the local people.

 My ‘little’ brother Steve, Bob, Carol and Sister in law Amanda!

Here are a few pic’s of the day.

 Bob signing a book for the first partner he worked with in CID Yvonne (Katy). He hasn’t see her for 30yrs and all being filmed by Calendar TV! Bob says Yvonne was one of the best detectives he ever worked with – if not ‘the’ best.

 Being filmed for Calendar TV.

  And here is our PC Tracy Petterson (Consequences)!

 Our Grand daughter Hermione (left) and her friend Grace proudly show off Nana and Grandad’s books!


 Some of the wonderful staff at Waterstones Hudds who kept us supplied with refreshments! Thank you so very much!

Joanna and Andrew who came all the way from Scarborough to see us! Thank you so much guys it’s much appreciated!

Bob and retired Detective Roger Parnell – another of Bob’s colleagues. who did an incredible 36 years loyal service!

Our six months pregnant daughter Gemma came to see us with her hubby Andy! Next time we travel north to see Gemma we will have another grandchild! :-)  

A special event for the day in our home town. Huddersfield customers only.

Amanda picking the name out of the hat …. drum roll…. and Fearne Robinson will appear, character named in book 5 of the ‘Dylan’ series!

And last but definately not least our son John! Once father and son start laughing there is no stopping them!


And we leave Waterstones Huddersfield, tired but very happy to have seen so many lovely smiling, happy faces.

See you again soon guys with the third in the Dylan series ‘White Lilies’!

Tea at the lovely Prego’s in Brighouse!

 Tomorrow we will travel to Stratford Upon Avon. We will be signing books there for World Book Day! Excited!

Apr 20, 2012

Calendar TV Film Crew Visit Sheffield Waterstones Event!



We woke up today to sunshine – at last! Although by the time we had travelled to South Yorkshire, through Huddersfield and over Penistone it had rained, sleeted and even hailed!

Today we were signing copies of our books at the magnificent Meadowhall Shoping Centre which opened in 1990 and guess what? Waterstones is right next to Marks & Spencers my favourite shop!

Waterstones Meadowhall – Sheffield

First to greet us on entering the store was the ITV Calendar TV crew who had come all the way from Leeds to film us in the store signing books and speaking to the customers.

Bob, Janice (who the film crew interviewed) and the film  crew from Calendar TV!

Bob and Waterstones staff member – Brooke Rhodes

 Bob & customer Geoff Haswell


Sheffield has been renowned for it’s production of knives since the 14th century, and by 1600 it had become the main centre of cutlery production in England.. In the 1740s the crucible steel process was improved. At about the same time, the silver plating process which produced Sheffield Plate was discovered.

History reveals that Sheffield has seen occupation since the ice age.

On our way home we passed the ground  of Sheffeld Wednesday FC. Many of you will remember the tragic event at the Hillsborough Stadium on the 15th April 1989. The Hillsborough disaster. was a human crush which occurred during the semi-final FA Cup tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest football clubs.. The crush resulted in the deaths of 96 people,[ with a total of 766 other persons being injured. All of them were fans of Liverpool Football Club.

The Hillsborough disaster remains the deadliest stadium-related disaster in British history and one of the worst ever international football accidents.

The official inquiry into the disaster, the Taylor Report, concluded that “the main reason for the disaster was the failure of police control.”The findings of the report resulted in the elimination of standing terraces at all major football stadiums in both England and Scotland..

Last book signing event in the north tomorrow.

The feature that we were interviewed for on Wednesday will appear in the Halifax Courier 28th April 2012. Also the piece and the picture taken at the Bradford book signing will appear in the Telegraph & Argus.

We are so looking forward to the Hudderfield, Kingsgate book signing event tomorrow as there are many exciting events planned! Why not come along and see us!

For now and until tomorrow – Night All!

Winner –  And at the end of the tour a customer from the Sheffield store by the name of  ‘Daniel Jones’ as a Forensic Pathologist, has been picked out of the policeman’s hat to appear in one of the novels in the ‘DI Dylan’ crime series!




Wakefield & Calendar TV!



The ridings centre was built in 1993 and this is where we were today!

We we were humbled by a visit from the man who Bob will always call ‘Boss. Retired Detective Superintendent Tony Ridley.

 Mr & Mrs Tony Ridley & Bob

  Colleague Dean Horsfield and his wife with Bob

 Mike Wild  who came to see us to collect a copy of ‘Consequences’ for his mum Pat Wild who is 81 today! Happy Birthday Pat from Bob and myself!

And last but not least our lovely sister in law Marcia Bridgestock braved the downpour to come into the store to say ‘hello’ and get her copy of ‘Consequences’.

Marcia and Bob!

You probably won’t know this - “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush”  is linked to Wakefield high security prison. The Prison yard at Wakefield has a Mulberry tree around which female inmates used to exercise. This has been linked to the nursery rhyme ‘Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush’ by the erstwhile prison governor, RS Duncan in his book ‘Here we go round the mulberry bush’ The House of Correction 1595 / HM Prison Wakefield 1995 (published by author 1994). This origin of the song is also propounded on the prison’s website.  To read more about Wakefield Prison that has the nickname of ‘The Monster Prison’ read on

At 4.15 we had an interview planned with Calendar TV. Bob & I was under the impression that we would be having ’a chat on the sofa’ with Gaynor and Duncan. Many of you will have seen our first interview with Christine & Duncan in 2009 as this has had over 1,500 hits on YouTube

However, when we arrived we were told that they would like to interview us seperately and also come out to film us at a book signing which would mean they could do a short film piece on us. We were taken into a beautiful interview room with plants ‘an all – past all the well known people that you see on TV – Duncan Wood, Gaynor Barnes, Chris Kiddie and many more shook our hands – we felt like stars!

Here is a few pictures for you and we will update you as soon as we know more regarding dates when it will be aired!

Bob in the ‘Green Room’ just off the working hub of the newsroom!

 Victoria and Carol (She’ll be reading the news on Calendar Saturday night!)

 The very clever cameraman sets the lights and camera for action!

 Bob being interviewed by Victoria and filming taking place!

 Bob having his microphone fitted.

It’s all change for our joint camera shots at the end of our interviews.

It will be a long day tomorrow as we head to Sheffield and will be signing copies of our books in Waterstones Meadowhall so if you’re around come see us and say ‘Hello’!

Off to bed for us now!

Night All! :-)




From Hull, Hell & Halifax – Wednesday 18th April – Halifax WH Smith



Halifax is our home town. Bob & Carol were both born in Halifax General Hospital! Bob lived in the ‘Old Railway House’ at Ovenden where his dad worked for the Railway and Carol lived in King Cross. They both attended School’s in Halifax.

We woke up to rain in Halifax today and it never let up. By the time we reached the town the heavens had opened and we made a dash to the Halifax Courier Offices to see Virginia Mason for an interview for the Halifax Courier. We were soon to learn some very sad news as the ‘life blood’ of Halifax for 120 years -  ‘The Courier’ is to go to a once weekly pnewspaper from a daily issue. To say this is a sad day is an understatement – my dad even reads the newspaper every night on line from the Isle of Wight! Johnson Press  please reconsider how can you do this to the people of Halifax? Believe it or not this topic of converstion was the one each and every customer spoke to us about today – everyone in the town is truly shocked. Our interview should go in the newspaper on Saturday and here is Virginia and Rebecca who is on work experience  interviewing Bob and myself.



Virginia Mason from the Halifax Courier interviewing Bob

  Even the heavy rain didn’t stop people coming into WH Smiths to see us! We’ve had a wonderful day catching up with friends and many lovely people of Halifax. Here are just a few!

Jackie (Head of CPS in Consequences), Bob & Carol

Bob, Megan and Carol

Some of our Admin team at West Yorkshire Police! Bob, Janet, Carol, Dorothy,Beryl and Margaret.

Marina from CPS, Bob & Carol

Dorothy (Duties Clerk),Janet (Secretary),Bob,Wendy & Wendy


And last but definately not least our good friend Bill Lawrence from Reel Solutions in Dean Clough, Halifax who we are lucky enough to be working with.

Busy day tomorrow! Join us in Wakefield, Ridings, Waterstones if you can! Then we will be going on to Calendar TV!!!!!!!!!!! All excitement here!

Will update you tomorrow night but for now I’ll leave  you with a few interesting facts about Halifax.

Night All!

Some interesting facts you might not know about Halifax, West Yorkshire:-

Halifax had a ‘GIBBET’ from 1286 to 1650  where some 63 felons were beheaded, mostly for stealing cloth. It prompted the apocryphal beggars litany; From Hull, Hell and Halifax, good lord deliver us.’

The home of Percy Shaw, who in 1935 invented the remarkable ‘catseye’ reflecting road studs, is in Boothtown, Halifax, West Yorkshire – Carol’s auntie Mary cleaned for him for years!

And the notorious murderer John Reginald Halliday Christie (8 April 1899 – 15 July 1953) was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire. To read more…

Charles Dickens in 1860 after the reconstruction of the borough market denounced it as a dreadful place. We obviously don’t think so. It boasts some wonderful historic buildings.