Tuesday, 17 March 2020




Constable on the Hill- Nicholas Rhea- nostalgia/autobiography/mysteries
This is one of the books that the TV series “Heartbeat” was based on (first published
in the 1980’s).

 If you enjoyed the series and also things like “All creatures Great and Small” and
“Call the Midwife”  then you may enjoy this. It's a constable’s view of Yorkshire in
the 1960’s warts and all. Even for those of us who don’t remember that time, it's
an interesting read of a different pace of life compared to today. From stray donkeys
that end up in the police kennels (albeit a very large one!) , monks being
interdenominational and breeding doves, to batty old ladies imagining invisible
insects and intruders. This is written as seen by PC Rhea himself. This is a
wonderful easy read with a smile on most pages. How simple things were then
and how differently life was lived, things we couldn't imagine today. I'm too young
to remember those days but still really enjoyed this nostalgic read. How the life
of a constable in his first days in the area saw his surroundings and those living
in it. This is the first of a series and I very much look forward to reading the
next one.
For more reviews please see my blog http://nickibookblog.blogspot.co.uk/
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Blurb:
CONSTABLE ON THE HILL
DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE SERIES. MEET BRITAIN’S BEST-LOVED BOBBY.

‘It’s original, it’s funny…one of life’s little pleasures.’ – Yorkshire Post

THE BOOKS WHICH INSPIRED HEARTBEAT

The brilliantly entertaining and heartwarming books behind A perfect feel-good read from one of Britain's best-loved authors the hit 90s TV series “Heartbeat”. One of the top ten most watched shows of the decade.

“Stories of a constable on his village beat in North Yorkshire. All very gentle and far, far removed from the hurly burly of modern day city policing.” Daily Telegraph

Policeman Nick Rhea has been posted to the country with his wife Mary and their three small children. They move into the police house, high on a ridge overlooking the moors. It sits on the edge of the village of Aidensfield — “probably the most beautiful site in the country”.

“These books... do for the police service in North Yorkshire what James Herriot did for the vets there... very relaxing, very readable” Manchester Evening News

In the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside of the 1960s, Constable Nick's roles are as varied as the eccentric villagers.

He handles every encounter with his characteristic humour, humanity and professionalism.

His investigations include the case of a clever pony who keeps escaping, a woman running through town naked, and a pack of Canadian timber wolves hanging out in a bus shelter.

IT’S NOT THE BIG CITY BUT THE YORKSHIRE COUNTRYSIDE IS STILL FULL OF INCIDENT

He soon gets to know all the characters on his beat, from his superior officer Sergeant Blaketon to Claude Jeremiah Greengrass, whose lurcher Alfred lands him with a summons for “allowing a dog to worry livestock on agricultural land.” The ever-resourceful Claude Jeremiah offers the defence that Alfred's victim, a budgie, cannot be described as livestock!



Perfect for fans of James Herriot, TE Kinsey, Gerald Durrell, J. R. Ellis or anyone who loves a great read.

DISCOVER ONE OF BRITAIN’S BEST-LOVED AUTHORS

CONSTABLE NICK’S COLLEAGUES
Sergeant Oscar Blaketon. A good, solid and dependable character who runs his little police station with fierce efficiency but under a tough exterior, is full of warmth, generosity and kindness

PC Alf Ventress. The old, easy-going constable whose local knowledge is vital to the running of Ashfordly Police Station. He does like Mrs Ventress's hard-boiled eggs!

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT NICHOLAS RHEA

“Recommended if it's laughter you're after” Bolton Evening News

“Richly entertaining” Yorkshire Evening Post

‘Splendid reading.’ – Police Journal

“To be really blunt, this is not my normal reading fare, but I loved it.” Nancy

“I enjoyed this tremendously.” Melissa

“A wonderful and relaxing dip into the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors.” David

“A highly entertaining book which anyone who is looking for easy and humorous reading will enjoy.” Granny

IN THE AUTHOR’S OWN WORDS
“The concept of the Constable books arose because I wanted to write a book which showed that the police undertook much work which was not associated with crime or detective investigations. As I had served as a village constable in a delightful part of the North York Moors, it seemed logical to use that experience as a background to the stories, and to add a touch of humour which is always present in police work.”

CONSTABLE NICK MYSTERIES
Book 1: CONSTABLE ON THE HILL
Book 2: CONSTABLE ON THE PROWL
Book 3: CONSTABLE AROUND THE VILLAGE
Book 4: CONSTABLE ACROSS THE MOORS
Book 5: CONSTABLE IN THE DALE


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