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by Robert Hale, 31 March 2016. ISBN: 978-0-7198-1814-1
Many people are familiar with
the television series Heartbeat, which was based on Nicholas Rhea's series of
Constable books. These books are written in an autobiographical, First Person
style, with the narrating character called the same name as the author's
pseudonym, Nick Rhea. Constable on Trial is a prequel to that series. It covers
the time when Police Constable Nick Rhea first joined the police and spends
some months 'on trial' as a junior member of CID. The book describes some of
the incidents in the young officer's day-to-day routine. Many of the crimes are
trivial puzzles to be solved, like who is stealing an old man's garden spades
or taking a young woman's fancy knickers from her washing line, but even these
have to be treated with consideration and an appropriate solution worked out. Other
crimes could be more serious, like the sleeping baby left in a car and abducted
by a car thief, or the theft of a makeshift hearse complete with corpse. The
theme running through the whole book is when (and if) young Acting Detective
Constable Rhea is going to make his first arrest as a member of CID.
tone of the book is gentle, humorous and anecdotal, totally non-threatening,
even when dealing with the escapades of violent criminals or investigation into
a murder. The book introduces many characters familiar to readers of the
Constable books and to viewers of Heartbeat. The books are written by a retired
police inspector and especially fascinating are the details of policing in the
years just after the Second World War. Constable
on Trial is a very pleasant read, perfectly suited for those who do not
like their crime stories too violent.
Rhea is only one of the six
pseudonyms under which Peter Walker has written around 130 books in the last 40
years. He was born the son of an insurance agent and a teacher in 1936 in the
North York Moors village of Glaisdale. The oldest of three children he won a
scholarship to Whitby Grammar School but left at 16 to become a police cadet.
In 1956, he joined the North Yorkshire force as a beat bobby in Whitby. He also
began to write seriously after years of casual interest, having his first short
story published in the Police Review.
years later he moved to the region's Police Headquarters at Northallerton
before being posted to Oswaldkirk, about 20 miles north of York, as the village
bobby in 1964. He then became an instructor at the police training school in
1967, the same year as his first novel, Carnaby and the Hijackers,
was published. He was promoted to sergeant in 1968 and inspector in 1976, when
he was also appointed Press and Public Relations Officer. He retired in 1982
after 30 years' service to concentrate on his writing, encouraged by an
interest in his Constable books from Yorkshire Television.
Nicholas Rhea still writes full-time. He lives with his wife in a quiet North
Westronis a successful
short story writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical
crime panel, The Deadly Dames.Her crime
novels are set both in contemporary and Victorian times.The Terminal Velocity of Cats is the
first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was published July 2013. Her second book About the Children was published in May