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Waterstones – The Wool Exchange Bradford has to be the UK’s most beautiful bookshop.

TUESDAY 17th APRIL 2012.


Wet and windy start to the day, however Waterstones in the Wool Exchange builidng in the centre of Bradford is a fantastic location for a book signing. Here’s a few pictures for you, although they don’t even begin to show you the splendour of the magnificent bookstore – followed by a few interesting facts about Bradford and it’s less savoury characters!




Winner – DI Dylan’s latest recruit! The lovely Mavis Beanland! We were lucky enough to get a picture of this lady at the book signing too!

 Friends Steve and Jenny!

 Friends Janet and Mark!

  And the day rounded off with a visit to Prego’s in Brighouse with our best friend Grainne!

As you can see we caught up with some old friends and met some wonderful people.

DI Dylan’s found a new recruit is Mavis Beanland, and be warned she carries her stick with her everywhere! Mavis called into Waterstones with her daughter Janice today and what a wonderful time we had with them. Mavis will be featuring in a future DI Dylan novel so watch our for her!

Halifax WHS tomorrow after interview with the feature editor at the Halifax Courier and Yorkshire TV on Thursday but we will update you with that news later! Exciting times to come on our tour!

Night All!

Interesting facts you might not know about Bradford:-

Bradford began as a village by a ford. Brad meant broad, By the time of the doomsday book 1086 there were around 300-350 people a large village. It was turned into a town when villagers were allowed to hold a weekly market.

As the town developed the woollen mills were described as, dark & satanic workplaces.

Mass immigration in 1851 from Germany & Ireland saw the population rise from 6,000 to an incredible 103,000. Today its population is around 467,000.

The Wool Exchange was built in 1804. To read more…,_Bradford

The  Alhambra Theatre opened in 1914. To read more …

And Bradford hosts the National Museum of Photographer. To read more…

One of the most notorious killers in our working lifetime was Peter William Sutcliffe (born 2 June 1946) who was dubbed “The Yorkshire Ripper”. In 1981 Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women and attacking seven others. Bob was actually doing observations in the area Helen Rytka was murdered on the 31st January 1978 but they ceased due to rest days the night before the murder took place. As a young detective he was on the search team at Helen Rytka’s home after her body was discovered. On 4th April 1979 Bob was working as a young detective when Josephine Whittakers body was found on Skircoat Green. Carol was living in the area – they were both around the same age. To read more…

Donald Neilson (1 August 1936 – 18 December 2011), born Donald Nappey and also known as the “Black Panther“, he was born in Dewsbury – West Riding of Yorkshire. To read more …

 At the end of the tour the person chosen to be character named in a ‘DI Dylan’ novel is Mavis Beanland!


Leeds is regarded as the financial capital of the north and lies at the centre of Yorkshire!


WATERSTONES ALBION ,STREET LEEDS. - Interview on Radio Leeds – Wes Butters Show!

Today was an early start for what was going to be an exciting day. Getting into Leeds for 9am was daunting for us ‘Islanders’! I don’t think there are as many people on the Island as we saw on the leeds ring road. :) We had all good intentions of parking in the Albion Street Car Park which is only a few yards from Leeds Waterstones but ended up in the Market car park due to the one way system. At least we were parked and this is the place where PC Vicky Hardacre is sent to in ‘Consequences’ … so here’s a pic!


Market car park. (Consequences).

We arrived at BBC Leeds at 10am just in time to see Brian and the Skunk leaving the studio where we were being interviewed next – how could we follow that? Bob had a word to see if he could give us any tips!

Bob with Brian and the Skunk!

We had a warm welcome at BBC Radio and if you’ve never been I thought you might like to see a few pictures both inside and out so here goes!

Signing in at BBC Yorkshire

 Inside the studio with Wes Butter. If you didn’t get to listen to the interview here is the link Our slot was at 10.05 for approx ten minutes – or you can listen in again by going to our publishers website @

 Wes Butter, Carol & Bob

Carol outside BBC Radio Leeds.

From here we walked over Leeds city – through the Victoria Quarter and towards Waterstones, Albion Street.

  Bob inside the Victoria Quarter



There was a warm welcome at Waterstones. The management had given us a great postion in the front of the main doors and we had a splendid table display.


Here we saw a few character named people in ‘Deadly Focus’ and ‘Consequences’.

Carol, Bob, Lucy Kate and Harriet Adamson (Consequences)

Lisa from the CID office!

Alison Taft came to see us from our stable of authors at Caffeine Nights Publishers and if you haven’t read Alisons book ‘Our Father Who Art Out There…. Somewhere’ you don’t know what you’re missing – here’s more about Alison and her work

And then we caught up with Sue Everett Writer, Director and script consultant  – always lovely to put a face to a name and meet in person isn’t it?

     Carol with Sue!

All in all we’ve had an eventful day and looking forward to our trip to what is known as the most beautiful Waterstones stores in England tomorrow – Watestones Woolshops in Bradford.

I’ll leave you with some interesting facts about Leeds and it’s prison…. Night All!

Interesting facts you may not know about Leeds:-

By the time of the doomsday book in 1086 Leeds had a population of around 200 still a large village. Today this finance centre in the North as a population of around 715,000.

During the war 77 people were killed by bombs and 197 buildings destroyed.

HM Prison Leeds is a Category B men’s Priosn, in the Armley area of Leeds, which opened in 1847. Leeds Prison is operated by HMP, and is still known locally as Armley Gaol (or Armley Jail), the historical name for the prison. The prison was a site of execution (by hanging) from 1847 until 1961. Some of it’s notable inmates are Charles Peace, John Poulson and Stefan Ivan Kiszko To read more about the prison …

Lesley Susan Molseed (14 August 1964 – 5 October 1975) was an eleven-year old girl from Turf Hill, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, who was murdered on Rishworth Moor in West Yorkshire.

Stefan Ivan Kiszko (24 March 1952 – 23 December 1993), a 23-year-old local tax clerk of Ukrainian/Slovenian parentage, served 16 years in prison after he was wrongly convicted of her sexual assault and murder. His ordeal was described by one MP as “the worst miscarrages of justice of all time.” Kiszko was released in 1992 after forensic evidence showed that he could not have committed the murder. He died in December 1993. Ronald Castree was eventually found guilty of the crime on 12 November 2007.

The team who finally brought Ronald Castree to justice on the cold case review of the Molseed Enquiry worked out of Bob’s CID office at Richmond Police Station, Halifax. All of those dedicated officers we are very proud to say are personal friends.

WH Smith – Leeds/Bradford International Airport – Celebrating 80 yrs!




In 1931 it was originally known as Yeadon Aerodrome but by 1939 all civil flying ceased with the outbreak of war. During the war years more than 4,500 aircraft were built at the AVRO factory adjacent to the airport. The 23million pound project commenced in 1982.

1996 it’s millionth passenger passed through.

The book signing journey continues today!

A picture of our hotel Britannia as promised! Ideal if you need a short stay for airport as it is only 2 miles away but Bob says beware as the toilet in the room is one you have to reverse into! Food’s good though and it’s clean Britannia Hotel – Leeds/Bradford Airport!

It’s been amazing who walks through the doors at a book signing!

Friends we haven’t seen since we left the job wandered into the building and their mouths dropped open to see us both standinng there!

Here’s Terry & Pat Homer on their way to Cyprus to see their daughter. Terry worked with Bob at Wakefield International Police Training School and they now live in North Yorkshire – their plane was two hours delayed so lots of time to catch up!


Around dinnertime we were the ones to be surprised as our son and daughter in law walked in with our grand daughter Hermione! Lot’s of cuddles for Nana and Grandad!


 WHS Leeds/Bradford International Airport

Bob @ LBIA

 Off to BBC Radio Leeds for 10am tomorrow morning and will be live at 10.05. Then straight up to Waterstones, Albion Street, Leeds!

Night All!





Apr 14, 2012

The Spa Town of Harrogate North Yorkshire



A turning point in the town’s fortunes was when the first spring was discovered in 1571. A book published by Edward Deane, The Spa Fountain in 1626 told of the medicinal properties of the iron and sulphur rich waters. Its fame as a spa town was assured. The town’s population increased from 4000 in 1831 to around 25,000 by the dawn of the 2oth century. Read more…

Does anyone remember the Follyfoot TV series? It was filmed near here in the Harewood Estate! Happy childhood memories! Here’s more…

Today 14th April we are in this beautiful town although we couldn’t control the cold, windy and wet weather! We left the hotel and it was drizzling. Parked up in the multi story carpark as near as we could to the shop and guess what, the heavens opened! One brolly between us meant my hair had to be saved – sorry, it’s at times like this that it is good to be a manBob and you don’t have to worry about your hairstyle!

Not too surprisingly it wasn’t busy in Harrogate but the sandwiches from the deli nearby were delicious and the staff were great!

Carole Dove travelled from York just to see us and get her signed copy and Janet and Archie came from Barnsley! Then we got a great surprise as a former colleague from Calder Valley came into the store by coincidence and couldn’t quite believe his eyes! Nice to see you too Andy! :-)

Lovely meal in the hotel; Note to myself, must get a pic of the hotel for you tomorrow, if it stops raining that is!

BGT on the menu for now and early night, ready for Leeds/Bradford International Airport tomorrow! Wonder who we’ll see there?

Night All!

 Waterstones Harrogate – when it stopped raining!



 Archie, Janet and Bob

Bob & Andy

Carol at the stand



Apr 14, 2012

Superstitious? Friday 13th?

Yes, you’re right first day in a hotel and Bob couldn’t resist the big breakfast… with extra’s! It’s amazing what you find out whilst having breakfast with others. The exremely loud bang we heard yesterday teatime wasn’t someone falling out of bed in the room above us, like we thought, but a sonic boom! Apparently two jets had been scrambled after a helicopter had given out the wrong signal – false alarm – phew!

Nice trip north. The River Trent was full of swans. Past Marston’s Brewery in Derbyshire – real ale  and no Bob we haven’t time to stop for a ‘quick one’! Fantastic scenery, dry stone walls creating a patchwork effect on the landscape, and the fields were full of new born lambs. Ah… What we did realise  as we travelled ‘over the tops’ was that the trees are only just showing the signs of budding, where as in the south they are blossoming. No doubt I will need to buy a new pair of boots as my feet in my flatties are freezing!!!

Holme Moss at the top of the moors, crossing over in direction of Huddersfield from Buxton, is 1714 feet above sea level; blobs of snow are still dotted around.

We did get a chance to get a picture of the moors where ‘Daisy Charlotted Hinds’ was ‘found’ by Mrs Day, for those who have read ‘Deadly Focus’.

 The moors where Daisy Charlotte Hinds was found and Dean Reservoir – ‘Deadly Focus’

 Finally we dropped down into Sowerby Bridge where Bob and I worked – me for 15 years and Bob for a short time as the Calderdale Detective Superintendent in charge of real murder enquiries.

Here’s a pic!


We had a lovely lunch at ‘The Works’ Sowerby Bridge If you’re in the area they serve home cooked food with a smile!

For all you fans of Scott & Bailey and At Home With The Braithwaites or  infact Unforgiven we met up with scriptwriter Sally Wainwright and her friend on the set of her new project ‘Last Tango in Halifax,’ which will be on TV in September. Lots of chatter to catch up and lots of  cups of tea – who knows what will happen next…

Must go to meet the people of Harrogate, North Yorkshire! :-) Yeah, Bob’s rushing me …. as usual! :-)





Apr 12, 2012

And We’re Off! 12/4/2012

‘OMG’ as the kids would say what a start! The cars central locking wasn’t working and the boot wouldn’t lock. Chipped nail and the zip broke in my handbag -  disaster and it’s not Friday the 13th till tomorrow!

Belle and Vegas (our Springer Spaniels) were not happy as we said goodbye.


With only an hour to get to the ferry (and it’s a forty five minute drive),we dashed around to our local garage. The staff at ‘Wilton’s in Shanklin,’ well what can we say but a great big thank you. Not that it took them alot of work – just experience. We had overfilled the boot and the censor had ‘kicked in’ – a few adjustments to the luggage and we were on our way – all mended.

Our ferry’s name was Wight Light and as it pulled into dock the local Isle of Wight County Press rang for an update on last Saturday’s launch – we only have one newspaper a week on the Isle of Wight.



The view from the bridge as we head towards Lymington Harbour

 Is Bob considering a new career do you think?

 Guess what? Not only was the sea calm and the sky blue but we were invited to sail on the Bridge with Captain Guy Digby. Now excitement isn’t quite the right word – ECSTATIC is better, and you can probably tell that by our faces in the pictures. The view from the bridge is something special and we will always treasure the memory.

  The drive to Bulkington through the splendour of the English countryside was pleasant. We stopped in Burford to stretch our legs and have a cuppa and whilst we were in the cafe the heavens opened – how’d that happened, it was glorious when we’d left the carpark minus our coats! We ran for the car, arrived ‘wet through’ and callapsed laughing as we realised Bob had taken the car keys out of his pocket and put them on the table in the cafe. He said he’d passed them to me, yeah right Bob. Can you imagine if I’d have done that girls?   Back at the car the sun came out and it didn’t rain again! The English weather eh?

Well now we are in our hotel room and looking forward to a nice meal. The hotel is in a little place called Bucklington, just off the Fosse Way. It’s a Great Western and rather lovely - I’ve taken a few pic’s for you to see.




Looking forward to tomorrow and we may just have a few surprises for you!

Night all! :-)

Carol & Bob x


A few interesting facts you might not know about Wightlink ferries.

Wightlink and its predecessor companies, has been operating ferry services across the Solent for over 180 years

The heaviest load was the transport of of steam locomotive number 41313 to the IoW Steam Railway, which with it’s tractor/trailer weighed in at around 70 tonnes. The load was too high to go through the deck so the St. Catherine went into Gunwharf ‘bows in’ and the trailer was reversed off at Fishbourne. Extra heavy loads require special sailing arrangements and careful positioning of other vehicles around them.

Not quite the heaviest load at around 60 tonnes, Thomas The Tank Engine is carried on a return journey every year for a special Isle of Wight Steam Railway event.

Over 1000 toilets are shipped for the IOW Festival annually

Stages for the Osborne House Concerts are carried each year

Various types of wildlife are carried, amongst the latest being a donkey for the Carisbrooke Castle’s water wheel

The history of Wightlink –

Carol & Bob asked Wightlink’s Sue Hemmings. ‘How did you come up with the names for your fleet of ships?’

‘The staff came up with the names of our cats Wight Ryder I and II (Portsmouth-Ryde). Wightlink ran a competition in the Isle Of Wight County Press for names of the Wight Class ships. (Lymington-Yarmouth) and the St Class vessels were names after Saints on the IOW. (Portsmouth-Fishbourne). Want to know more… About the fleet of ships –

D Day and the launch of ‘Consequences’ at Waterstones, Newport, Isle of Wight!

Well today was the day we launched ‘Consequences’, at Waterstones, Newport Isle of Wight!

The alarm was set last night for 7am but we didn’t need waking. Surprisingly enough we’d both slept – even though we were both excited about the event.

We have had the most fantastic day. The customers and staff were amazing – the place was ‘buzzing’! Thank you too to Maggie Jones the Deputy Chairperson of our writing circle who came along to hand outentry forms for our Island writing competition where we try to inspire others to read and write, especially children. If you want to know more  about the competition take a look at our website

We talked all day, or so it seemed – not unusual for us, those of you who know us might say!  Infact we were having such a good time that we forgot to renew the car parking ticket! This time we were lucky, and on dashing round to the car park half an hour late the car park attendent hadn’t been round to check - phew! Note to self, for I’m sure the attendents ‘up north’ will be keener in the cities – If you can’t put long enough in the meter due to a limit, as was the case today, put the alarm on your phone!!!

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Men don’t realise the preparation needed!

Us girls need our hair and beauty treatments and contrary to popular belief, it’s not always pain free, is it girls?

Two days to the launch in Waterstones Newport, and seven days to the start of the tour I realised that drastic action needed to be taken; to the resue the lovely, talented girls at Envy Hair & Beauty.

The salon is in Carisbrooke on the Isle of Wight and boy, has Carisbrooke got some history – I’ve attached a link to some interesting facts including the imprisonment of Charles 1st in Carisbrooke Castle.

Not many people know this but Bob and I were involved in the promotion and production  of the Carisbrooke Castle 1000 Year history DVD,  sold by English Heritage with Colin Carmicheal of 118 fame (the men with moustaches!)  Colin also recently starred in Eastenders – a very talented guy.

Guess who?


More about the castle –

Here’s some  more pic’s! 

No, you really didn’t think you see me in my foils and facepack did you – I’m writing the blog! :-)


Some of the team at Envy Hair & Beauty! From the left, Vicky, Chloe, Salon owner Kim Harwood and Kayleigh my hairdresser!



The Salon!



Vicky Wade the owner of the beauty therapy!






North v South

A week to go to our book signing tour and you wouldn’t believe the difference in weather today – 4th April 2012! 

Our  destination in the north which as you can see is deep in snow and we have sunshine below on the Isle of Wight!

Four days to go and Waterstones Newport have a window display!

Now we’re getting excited! Waterstones in Newport on the Isle of Wight have a window display with a huge ‘pop up’ advertisement for ‘Consequences’. Bob’s memorabilia, including his long service and good conduct certificate, Hostage Negotiator certificate etc… and copies of ‘Deadly Focus’ and ‘Consequences’! Why not take a look whilst you’re in town – but if you can’t, here’s the next best thing, a pic or two!