As promised if you stopped by my blog last week, I am honoured to be able to share with you another short story featuring DI Dylan. Perfect Christmas gift for the DI Dylan fans out there from a wonderful writing duo. Enjoy!
Seasoned Yorkshire Detective Inspector Jack Dylan stood, hands in his pockets, pondering over the neat pile of clothing, at his feet on the canal path. He dropped to his haunches, to see his reflection in the size eleven leather shoes a-top. ‘No sign of morning dew,’ he said. The Brogues suggested to him maturity and wealth. Looking up he raised a quizzical brow at his newly appointed Detective Constable Vicky Hardacre whom he’d heard discussing her recent rural posting with a colleague that morning. ‘What the hell did I do to be sent me to the back of beyond?’
She raised her eyebrows and returned his stare, shrugging her shoulders. ‘Suicide?’
Although Dylan’s voice was soft and low, there was an underlying impatience in his tone. He stood, and gave a sigh. ’What’s the golden rule?’
’Never assume,’ she said flatly, followed by the rolling of her eyes, which rather than return to his face wandered towards the derelict factory buildings with broken windows and crumbling concrete edges on the opposite banking. A marker board at the waters edge indicated the ten foot depth.
’Why would anyone take their clothes off and fold them so precise, if they intended to kill themselves?’ Dylan said.
Vicky’s frown turned into a smile as she caught the eye of the young athletic looking police officer from the Underwater Search Unit who held a line for the diver in the murky waters. Dylan’s eyes narrowed, but before he had time to respond the diver, hand aloft, confirmed a find and within minutes the body was pulled out of the water.
Dylan methodically scoured the deceased – recording for future reference all he surveyed. The water trickled slowly to the ground from the man’s grey, waxy skin.
Vicky pointed to the rope wrapped around the dead man’s ankles which, in turn was tied to a concrete block. ‘He certainly had no intentions of coming back up,’ she said with a lop sided smile. Instantly she dropped to her knees and after a moment or two perusing the corpse she looked up at Dylan with a glint in her eye. ‘Why would anyone put paperclips on their nipples?’ There was an eagerness in her voice that pleased him.
‘Maybe working in the back of beyond is not going to be so boring after all,’ he said nodding at the diver.
Vicky’s cheeks reddened and she smiled. ‘Don’t miss much do you?’
‘You don’t miss much do you Sir?’ he said. ‘And you’d better believe it.’
The D.I. Dylan series of books by RC Bridgestock (Husband and wife writing team, Bob and Carol Bridgestock) comes from a unique perspective of a collective real life experience of high level policing of 47 years. As a career detective Bob Bridgestock 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 of the West Yorkshire Police force.
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.
Bob brings this unique insight and experience from how real life cases are conducted into page turning gripping fiction, aided by his wife Carol, who has 17 years working within the force. Carol brings her understanding and the experience of a partner of a frontline detective to the D.I. Dylan series. This combination adds authenticity rarely seen in British crime fiction, coupled with warmth, humour and humanity.
The books offer an insight into the real world of British policing mixed with cunning plots and human relationships. This adds a dimension to police procedural fiction which is truly genuine in voice and substance.
Caffeine Nights Publishing is proud to be associated with this series of books which grip and touch the human heart as well as engage the mind.
The couple are consultant storyline/police procedure for Sally Waintwright on 2014 police drama series for BBC 1 Happy Valley and are also consultant storyline advisors/police procedural to Red Productions Ltd for ITV 1 Scott & Bailey & general police advice.