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Payback (DI Charley Mann 1)
R.C. Bridgestock

The brand new series from the storyline consultants to TV's Happy Valley and Scott & Bailey and author of the DI Jack Dylan novels.

Charley Mann left Yorkshire for the Met and a fast-track career - but now she's back, she's in charge and the area's first young, female DI. Her hometown, the Yorkshire countryside, and her old friends all seem unchanged, but appearances can be deceptive. When a brutal murder is discovered, Charley is forced to question everything, and the interest of her ex - reporter Danny Ray - doesn't make it easier.


"The book is truly amazing... There is plenty of tension within the pages and enough twists to keep you guessing." 
Whispering Stories blog

"Payback is a dark and gritty start to what, I am sure, will be a tense and dramatic series."
Jaffa Reads Too blog

"If you like your protagonists feisty, then this definitely is for you."
Lipsquid Book Blog

“I loved Payback... I was addicted to the story... I’ll be definitely keeping up with Charley and her team as the series progresses.”
A Knights Reads blog

“The plot is tight & well written... I’d really recommend Payback to anyone looking for a quality, enjoyable crime series.”
Snazzy Books blog

Payback by R.C. Bridgestock is a very well-crafted crime novel... Gripping and thrilling.”
Romantics Rebels and Reviews blog

“I thoroughly enjoyed Payback as it is a carefully crafted and meticulously plotted crime thriller.”
Linda's Book Bag blog

"I loved the premise and the setting as well as the main character.... [it] has made me want to look into more police, crime and mystery focused books."
Of Beauty and Nothingness blog

“With so much to recommend here, Payback is a really promising start to the new series and I'm eagerly looking forward to reading the next book.”
Hair Past a Freckle blog

"A really good book full of red herrings and surprises... Once again their characters come alive and leap out of the book at the reader."
Lizzie Sirrett, Mystery People

"This is the sort of gripping book which is very hard to put down and it is very well constructed, with many loose ends tied up satisfactorily. I really hope that this is the first in a series of books which features DI Charley Mann."

Northern Reader blog

“If you are looking for a well written and well rounded crime novel, with just the right amount of bite and heart then look no further.”

Bookbound blog

“Payback is an enthralling crime fiction novel that will bury itself under your skin... Spectacular!”

The Book Closet blog

“I really liked the writing style. I found ‘Payback’ to be a gripping and fast-paced read with quite a few shockers... DI Charley Mann is officially my new favourite detective.”


“Overall, I found ‘Payback’ to be an intriguing, cleverly crafted novel that holds such promise for a brand new series.”

The Writing Garnet

"... this is a well crafted story with a realistic flavour. It feels believable. With pacing which never lets up and some interesting characters to pepper the story, I thoroughly enjoyed the read."

Books Life Things blog

"Payback is a brilliant, professional, all-consuming crime novel that has left me wanting more. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series."

Sarah's Vignettes blog

"The plot is brilliant and keeps you interested and fully invested on every page."

Broadbean's Books blog

“An engaging and intelligent read, filled with characters that we feel we know, it’s an excellent start to this new series which, we can only but hope, will run for quite some time.”

Reader Dad blog

"This is a great introduction to a new series by Bridgestock... For fans of procedural crime fiction this will be a welcome addition to the library."

Next to the Aisle blog

"... the detail of police procedure is meticulously described... Payback will appeal to readers who like their crime fiction packed with realistic detail of police procedure."

What Cathy Read Next blog

"I really enjoyed this book, it’s fast paced and gritty... A great read and my first R C Bridgestock book but I will definitely be checking out their other books and hope there will be more of D I Charley Mann."

Karen Reads and Recommends blog

"Be prepared to be hooked from the opening pages, it (PAYBACK) will leave you wanting more, this is a stellar opening to what is going to be a wonderful new series and addition to the crime writing scene."

A Wormald Books blog

"Payback is a cracker... An exciting new crime series from two authors who are really making their mark in the crime fiction world."
By the Letter Book Reviews​

Available to buy:
06/12/19 - eBook
09/01/20 - paperback

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