Murder on the menu for crime writers

Bob and Carol Bridgestock.
Bob and Carol Bridgestock.

Diners will be invited to turn detective at a murder mystery evening to celebrate the launch of the latest book from internationally popular crime authors RC Bridgestock.

The latest DI Dylan novel Reprobates has just been released by husband and wife writing team Bob and Carol Bridgestock, who originally hail from Halifax.

The novel follows the phenomenal success of the TV kidnap drama Happy Valley, starring Sarah Lancashire, on which the pair were storyline consultants.

To celebrate its launch, Prego Restaurant will be transformed into a murder scene on July 5 and diners will turn detective to follow the clues to solve the mystery of ‘whodunit’.

A raffle will also take place to raise money for the Forget Me Not children’s hospice in Huddersfield - the couple’s chosen charity for 2014 - as well as the chance to win a signed copy of Reprobates. Raffle prizes include tickets to watch a Huddersfield Town game in the directors’ box, and hotel and meal vouchers for Prego.

It is part of a whistlestop tour of Yorkshire in July to promote the novel. Carol said: “Reprobates is similar to the others in the DI Dylan series in that it is a true police procedural - nothing that happens in the novel is different from how it would be in real life. It gives the reader the chance to sit on the shoulder of a detective and see exactly what happens as a murder case progresses.”

The Bridgestocks draw on their 50 years’ combined experience to make the DI Dylan series.

Bob was a Senior Investigating Officer with West Yorkshire Police .

Carol, meanwhile, draws on her time as a police admin support worker to flesh out the characters and bring them to life.