Condemned by R.C. Bridgestock

Format: Paperback

Published by: Canelo

Police Procedurals with that ring of authenticity


West Yorkshire DI Charley Mann is called for what seems a routine job. Prior to demolition a deserted manor house appears to have been the target of an arson attack.

But something isn’t right.

The house has a dark history – and a dark present. When the remains of two bodies are discovered hidden inside, it soon emerges they were murdered decades apart. Who are they? What are their connections to the house? Why were they killed? And what is the connection to the fire? Amongst the ashes, Charley is soon drawn into a web of deceit and violent plots.

The ghosts of the past can be all too real. Face them at your peril, because what goes around, comes around…

My Thoughts:

The 2nd in the Charley Mann series is another highly accomplished Police Procedural.

As Charley is called to a deserted Manor House on a routine call little does she realise that this is a house with a past and secrets some would love kept that way, it’s only a few days later that she is called back as some of those secrets are uncovered in the form of two bodies, thus begins an investigation into the past and the present.

The plotting of the book is tight, the way the story intertwines two separate cases has been cleverly constructed, and as you would expect from a Police procedural the pace of the book runs in time with the investigation, however this is not at the detriment to the loss of any action or drama, the story is peppered with red herrings as well as plenty of surprises and twists along the way. There is a certain reassurance in the attention to detail in the investigation, not however to affect the story or pace of the book

As for Charley Mann she is a strong determined and driven women, one whose sole focus is on uncovering the truth, leading a team though can prevent its own challenges and Charlie is not afraid to tackle any issues head on as she knows having a strong united team is vital to the investigations success. The book is strong on character all well rounded and brought to life on the page, equally the remote location of the house adds a darkness which is brought vividly to life through the writing, you get a real sense of place. One thing that does shine through for me is Charleys voice on the page, as you read about the decisions and choices to be made you get that total sense of realism and inner voice that these are the decisions which would be made, thanks to the authors experience this is one thing which is always evident throughout the authors previous books.

As the investigation continues be prepared for a few twists, the ending adds a certain satisfaction as all strands of the storyline are wonderfully brought together. I also liked the passing nod to Dylan

I have long been a fan of the authors previous books and you are always guaranteed a cracking read. Condemned is no different, this comes highly recommended


About the Author

RC Bridgestock is the name that husband and wife co-authors Robert (Bob) and Carol Bridgestock write under. Between them they have nearly 50 years of police experience, offering an authentic edge to their stories. The writing duo created the character DI Jack Dylan, a down-to-earth detective, written with warmth and humour.

Bob was a highly commended career detective of 30 years, retiring at the rank of Detective Superintendent. He was also a trained hostage negotiator dealing with suicide interventions, kidnap, terrorism and extortion. As a police civilian supervisor Carol also received a Chief Constable’s commendation for outstanding work.

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