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Constable at the Dam

By Nicholas Rhea

‘These books… do for the police service in north Yorkshire what James Herriot did for vets there… Very relaxing, very readable.’ – Manchester Evening News

When Sergeant Blaketon learns of the Swanland Corporation’s plan to build a reservoir in a beautiful valley near Aidensfield he is more than a little concerned. The project, he is convinced, will result in drunken brawls between construction workers and the local men, competition for and among the local women, and a general disruption of village life.

As work gets under way, however, the community of Aidensfield remains relatively unchanged. But as PC Nick patrols his beat he becomes aware that, for some, the dam cannot help but have its effect. Local artist Gordon Precious and his glamorous wife Deidre seem to have to be heading for stormy waters and teenagers Elaine and Denise have developed an alarming fascination with the construction site…

A charming chronicle of life as a young Yorkshire bobby, the Constable stories are the inspiration behind the immensely popular television series, Heartbeat.

About the author…

Nicholas Rhea wrote books that drew from his experiences in the police force, his never-ending enthusiasm for Yorkshire and his interest in crime fact and fiction. His best-known work, the Constable Nick Mystery Series, provided the inspiration for the hugely popular TV series Heartbeat and he remained involved with the series as a consultant until filming ended in 2009.

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