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Girl Cop Paperback – 16 Nov 2012
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'Girl Cop' really captures the essence of that early 90s Police Station life. A.C.C. Olivia Pinkney // Sandy Osborne's 'Girl Cop' is a must read for the summer. Ceri, Chick Lit Reviews and News // Osborne captures the scenes perfectly and the reader can't help but become immersed in Sally's struggles fitting into a male-dominated career. - Elizabeth Walker, migmag.co.uk (affiliated with Lancaster University) //
About the Author
Sandy is a serving police officer. She began her career as a PE teacher but soon traded her hockey stick for a truncheon and has recently received her twenty year Police Long Service and Good Conduct Award. When her local paper printed an unflattering picture of her in a charity marathon, Sandy felt compelled to respond with an amusing account of her training programme. This led to regular contributions and a taste of national publications. Her writing has never stopped. Girl Cop is a drama based on real events in the British Police Force. Sandy lives in the West Country with her husband and two sons. She enjoys tennis, rugby and still keeps up her first love of gymnastics - proudly demonstrating back flips and the splits to amazed friends.
Top Customer Reviews
This was an impressive and competent first novel and I hope this will be the first of many books to come from Sandy Osborne. It's the sort of book you want to tell your friends about and buy as birthday or Christmas presents. If all chick-lit books were like this, I might start reading more in that genre!
Gorgeous presentation too - just love that cover, which will look very nice on my bookshelf!
PC Sally is a mixture of the women we all are - sometimes unsure of herself, occasionally the odd one out, but with a warmth and feistiness we should probably all show a bit more often. Most importantly she is a believeable character and, as the story develops, this becomes more and more important. If we didn't see Sally's genuine and vulnerable side we wouldn't care about the tough times she goes through and certainly wouldn't root for a happy ending.
There were some laugh out loud moments and I particularly enjoyed being reminded of the challenges of dating in a pre-Facebook/Twitter/text era; younger readers certainly wouldn't LOL so much if they had to date '90s style!. There were also some very touching scenes - no spoilers here I promise but you get a sense of what a difficult job policing is.
Overall, a great first novel. I hope Girl Cop will be back on the beat soon as I, for one, would like to read more.
The heroine, Sally Gentle arrives at her new station as a rookie 'rookie'. Confident of her training, but stumbling at first in the everyday reality, Sally claws her way up the pecking order and gains respect. But it's a slow old road and she's never sure she's going to make it. Soft-hearted and compassionate, Sally is damned if she's going to let it show. She gathers her grit and gets on with things, dealing with mickey-taking, the station bully and gruff colleagues. And there's the emotional rough road in respect of the devastating Alex...
I smiled a lot and laughed out loud in some places, but apart from enjoying a good read, I was left with a sense of how tough being a police officer could be.
Sally Gentle is an appealing character and I found myself rooting for her all the way. The story details her struggles to settle in to life as a policewoman in Bath in the early 1990s. Things are tough for a while, but she gradually settles into the job and finds romance along the way.
I thought that the character of Sally was skillfully drawn and it was refreshing to have a novel like this set in the police force. The sexism Sally encounters was believable and well portrayed. I could sympathise with her as she struggled to deal with the bullying she faced. The characters had depth to them and I particularly liked the character of Sally's uncle who was so good to her over the years and made such a difference to her life.
I think it could have been pacier at the beginning to draw me in a bit faster, but all in all it was a good read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great fun read and once I started it I found myself not wanting to put it down. It was fun reminiscing my own time on the beat back in the early '80s although I have to admit to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Caroline Mead
Easy reading, with an interesting heroine. I am awaiting the next in the series Sandy.Published 14 months ago by Chris dd
Absolutely loved this book could not put it down. As a fellow girl cop joining in the 80's, I could relate to the work place set up.
Cannot wait to read the next book.
Brilliant book, I'm not a big non holiday reader but couldn't put this down. Easy and heart warming will definitely recommend. Looking forward to starting the second book! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Claire Underhill
As a serving officer who started out In the early 80's there is so much in this book that brings back memories of, thankfully, a bygone era. Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2014 by Ray Parker
What a great read , very entertaining will be looking out for the next one with anticipation thank you . XPublished on 13 Oct. 2014 by stephanie wellbelove
Loved this book and found it hard to put down. It had a little bit of everything, humour, romance, sadness at times. A very good read and entertaining. Read morePublished on 6 Oct. 2014 by Kath Pointon
I only bought this as Sandy is a friend of a friend and I wanted to support her. My normal genre of reading include SciFi Fantasy and Crime so I would not have chosen this book in... Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2014 by K. Mapperson
Without the recommendation from a friend I'd not have "found" this book, but I'm so pleased that I did - I read most of it on an overnight flight and I realise my bursts of... Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2014 by Mrs Yvonne Payne