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crimes, miscreants and roguesthe life of a counter copper in Yorkshire characters one and all And then there s the local villagers and farmers Very enjoyable. Having been a fan of the series Heartbeat I was surprised to find out it was based on real life stories from Nicholas Rhea, a North Yorkshire policeman There are 2 books here for the price of 1 Being a fan of the series some of the characters were well known to me such as Claude Greengrass who is always getting involved in money making schemes which usually get thwarted by the police Sergeant Blaketon is a tough nut and does not give Nick an easy time A Russian spy roams the Yorkshire countryside and a few dubious drivers are among some of the stories in the collection For me the funniest story is about the thieving dog that is insured for both damaging items he steals but also for getting any females pregnant.Each book has 9 long chapters, usually a few anecdotes on the same theme It is set in a gentler time when there were police on the beat and people were trusting of strangers Anyone who has been to Yorkshire can picture the rural villages even if they never saw Heartbeat A very enjoyable book to forget about the stresses of modern living.I was given a free copy of the book for an honest review. My thanks to Crime Classics Advanced Readers Club for a digital copy of this double book in return for an honest review First published in the sixties as two separate books, think All Creatures Great and Small in terms of law enforcement in rural Yorkshire Even the same location It was a pleasure to read something well written in terms of many modern offerings.It deals with the happenings, much of it trivia, of rural life of fifty plus years ago.and formed the basis for the hit TV series Heart Beat How I wish now that I had watched that This writing is the exact antithesis of fast paced, high body count modern crime novels It s a warm cosy offering that restores your faith in human nature.Written in the first tense, it s the anecdotes of a young 26 year old constable, Nick Rhea, manning his village station house where he lives with his wife and four young children He gets around his patch, on his trusty Francis Barnett police motor bike He gets to know all the residents of his far flung rural domain, either villager or remote farmers and is usually invited in for tea and cake wherever he goes He communicates with his sergeant by calling from phone boxes Common sense scores over bureaucracy and paper work, although the dreaded words targets and reorganisation have begun to creep in But there was still a respect for the local bobby It seems an altogether simpler time, but it would be easy to get emotional and nostalgic and ignore the down sides There are many instances of a potentially incorrect attitude, by today s standards, towards women In the light of current controversy it s good to see how far we have come If I hadn t needed to write a review I would probably have deferred reading the second book for a month or so and returned to my usual faster paced reading thus spreading out the joy of this slow paced world Each chapter takes a different theme such as money or religion and recounts amusing and often telling anecdotes from P C Rhea s country beat Several of the tales made me produce an audible chuckle, totally unknown This double book finally ended with a lovely emotional tale Do enjoy. Like a number of reviewers here I got this double bill of Nicholas Rhea books from Crime Classics Advance Readers Club, the plan being to read and review by the end of March.I was aware of these books and had seen a number of episodes of Heartbeat based upon the books and as good as it may have been, it was not really my thing So I was not relishing the opportunity to read this title.As it happens, I was actually quite taken with the stories The author is writing from a position of knowledge of his subject and the location where the stories are set which gives the reader a real sense of place Also, he writes with a genuine good nature, an interest in people and with a knack for storytelling and even comic timing Unfortunately my timing was such that I didn t get both titles in this single publication finished so in fairness, my review is actually for Constable Around the Village.Each of the 18 stories in the book 9 in each title are short enough and light enough to read just before lights out without leading to nightmares or requiring reading into the wee small hours To be honest, this is perfect bedtime reading Just wish I had started this sooner Quite looking forward to the next one now This was a fun read I think I rated it less because I thought it was a mystery I wouldn t really classify it as a mystery or crime novel, although it is about the life of a local Constable I liked the second book, Constable across the Moors, better than the first, Constable Around the Village The stories take place in small villages in the southern part of North Yorkshire P C Rhea is newly assigned to this region The first story is about a North Yorkshire New Year s tradition called First Foot Rhea is asked to act in that capacity by several people, and at each house he is given a drink Rhea patrols his large region on a motor bike, and spends a lot of time meeting people and taking care of little crimes, trying to settle disagreements without having to go to court The first book has two or short tales in each chapter He helps out when something goes missing and when someone tries to start a taxi to take clients from the bus The second book seems to have involved stories In the first chapter of the second book, Rhea must go into a woods in a big snowstorm where he falls off his cycle on a steep hill supposedly searching for a Russian Spy He ends up almost catching the spy, and later finds out it was a training exercise I think my favorite story was the last one where a local lass runs away and marries a soldier during WWI Many years later, her husband is bringing her ashes to her home and suitcases get mixed up on the train. I m surprised that I like this book so much It is really a collection of anecdotes loosely connected around themes and written in the voice of the young policeman supposedly represented by the pseudonym Nicholas Rhea The anecdotes are amusing, sad, and entertaining Although episodic, they present a strong sense of life in Yorkshire villages last century It s a very different reading experience than that provided by detective fiction even in the era It has in common with the stories of Lake Woebegone.Making a television series from the stories puts them to good use Television enables the characters to be presented with continuity and kindness There is certainly enough material here to make than one series. A very sweet and enjoyable book, full of memories and great description.I really enjoyed the stories and both the style of writing and the characters.I strongly recommend it.Many thanks to Netgalley and Ipso Books A good look at life in Yorkshire Villages in the previous century This is written from the perspective of the Constable and what his life is like in small villages Entertaining Enjoyable read.I received an Advance Reader Copy from Crime Classics Review Club If you enjoyed the books of James Herriot, you will enjoy Nicholas Rhea s Constable series Set in Yorkshire, as were the Herriot stories, these books were written in the 1980 s, although they are set during the time that Rhea was, in fact, a constable, in the 1960 s There are a number of these books, but this one is actually two books Constable Around the Village and Constable Across the Moors.Nicholas Rhea s real name, Peter J Walker charming stories were made into the Heartbeat British television show which ran for a number of seasons After reading this book or books I would love to see the program, if only to see if the show matched my internal vision.I don t like spoilers, so I am not going to give any There are enough stories and people in Constable at the Double to keep your interest, even if not all of the stories are completely happy From the vantage point of the early twenty first century it is tempting to call the era in which these books are set simpler times They are not, of course, and the people living then did not think of themselves as living in simple times It is only looking back which makes them seem so.I am so happy to have read Constable at the Double, I now want to read the rest of the series Fortunately, there are a lot of them on kindle, along with other books, such as mysteries, written by Nicholas Rhea I look forward to many happy hours, and I award this book five stars.I was given an ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley for my honest opinion. ^Read Kindle ↡ Constable at the Double ⇨ This Unique Omnibus Edition Features Two Of PC Nick Rhea S Charming Adventures In The Yorkshire Village Of Aidensfield Constable Around The Village Nick Rhea Is Busy Settling Into His Role As A Police Constable In Aidensfield, Getting To Grips With Rural Life And His New Colleagues And Neighbours PC Rhea Maintains His Charismatic Approach Through The Villages Many Incidents Whether It S The Historic Tradition Of The First Footing On New Year S Eve, The Scandal Of An Un Dug Grave, Or A Case Of A Missing Child Rhea Soon Finds Himself Facing A Canine Crisis Farmer Lowe S Overworked Sheepdog Is Feigning Deafness, And Without The Dog, The Cows Cannot Be Milked, Bringing His Farming Business To A Screeching Halt Meanwhile, Five Sheep Turn Up Dead, And Sidney Chapman S Dog Is Accused Of The Crime, Much To His Dismay Can Rhea Salvage Aidensfield S Farming Future, Not To Mention The Reputations Of Two Dogs, While Juggling His Other Cases Constable Across The Moors PC Rhea Has Come To Know And Love The Host Characters Who Live And Work On The Beautiful North Yorkshire Moors The Amiable Constable Handles Every Encounter With His Characteristic Humour And Professionalism, Whether He S Investigating A Plot To Scare Away A Troublesome Suitor Or Helping A Neighbour Return His Late Wife S Ashes To Her Beloved Moors But When Ted Williamson S Sheep Start Disappearing, Can Rhea Find The Culprit Without Making Enemies Of The Farmers Of Yorkshire Nicholas Rhea S Delightful Constable Tales Paint An Endearing And Hilarious Picture Of Police Work In A Rural District And Was The Inspiration For The Heartbeat TV Series