About RC Bridgestock

Carol and Bob Bridgestock were both born and lived in West Yorkshire until they relocated to the Isle of Wight in 2003. Between them they have 47 years employment with the police, Carol being a member of the Civilian support staff and Bob being a Police Officer. They never had any inclinations to become authors, but others found their verbal stories thrilling, which led them to put pen to paper.

Bob was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in 1952. He left Grammar School at the age of 15, served an apprenticeship as a Butcher then spent two years in a dye works before joining the police force on the 28th January 1974. In 1981 he was awarded the much acclaimed ‘Denis Hoban Trophy’ for outstanding detective work. On retirement he received a Certificate of Loyal Service from West Yorkshire Police in appreciation and recognition of 30years ‘Loyal and Devoted Service to the Community’. As a career detective he 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. 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. He received numerous commendations from high court judges and chief constables who credit him with personal commitment and professionalism, expertise and diligence as well as competence with skilful leadership in sensitive, complex high profile cases with the subsequent presentation of compelling evidence. He was a Force Hostage Negotiator and was also commended for his work into the investigation of a protracted, high profile investigation of police corruption in another police force.

Carol was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1961. She left Grammar School at the age of 16 and went on to study hairdressing at college. At the age of twenty she was running her own successful salon, as well as teaching others at the college. In 1988 Carol commenced working for the Police as a member of the support staff within the administration department. As a supervisor she received a Chief Constable’s commendation for outstanding work for her determination and drive when she establsihed a poster competition for the Autumn Fall Crime Initiative which involved local schools.

She always knew Bob could tell a good story because of the experiences he had had in his life, but her nagging fell on deaf ears until in 2008 out of the blue, he enrolled them both on a college course at Isle of Wight College of Further Education  to ‘Write Your First Novel’.

Carol was the Chairperson of Wight Fair Writers’ Circle for five years (now the Wight Fair Writers’ Writers’ & Artists’ Circle), which evolved from the writing course at the college. This involves the community in writing competitions for all ages, which raises money for local charities thanks to the sponsorship from local businesses including Waterstones, Wightlink Ferries and Southampton FC. To date (January 2015) that donation runs at approx. £5,000.

Their first novel, ‘Deadly Focus’, was self  published in 2009 and the pair were signed up by ‘Caffeine Nights Publishing’ in 2010. In July 2011 ‘Deadly Focus’ was re-published and is now also published by Trend Yayinevi in Turkish. On April 7th 2012 ’Consequences’  was launched in Waterstones, Newport, Isle of Wight, followed by an UK tour of Waterstones and WH Smiths. ‘White Lilies’ was published June 2013 and ‘Snow Kills’ in November 2013, ‘Reprobates’ followed in June 2014 and ‘Exodontia’ will be published in 2015 – see the tour blogs.

The couple were signed by Brie Burkeman & the prestigious Burkeman & Clarke Literary Agency in 2014.

The pair are also signed up as Consultants to Red Productions Co., Manchester and worked/ are working on two award winning police series for ITV1 & BBC 1. This means that Carol and Bob are working with BAFTA winning scriptwriter Sally Wainwright on ‘Happy Valley’  & Amelia Bullmore on ‘Scott & Bailey’ series 4 amongst other very talented scriptwriters.

Now the pair are full time writers and have a contract from ‘Caffeine Nights Publishing’ for  further books in the ‘DI Dylan’ series.

All their books are available in paperback from all good bookshops. They are also available for e readers including Amazon Kindle.  ’Deadly Focus’ and ‘Consequences’ are also on Audio.

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