Saturday, February 8, 2014

Book Review: The Dead Place by Stephen Booth

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Welcome to the latest, and sixth, book in the Cooper and Fry series, to be released in the US
(lucky us, there are 7 more books to come in the series)!

This book picks up after One Last Breath.

The Dead Place cover


"This killing will be a model of perfection. An accomplishment to be proud of. And it could be tonight or maybe next week. But it will be soon. I promise."

The anonymous phone calls indicate a disturbed mind with an unnatural passion for death. Cooper and Fry are hoping against hope that the caller is just a harmless crank having some sick fun. But the clues woven through his disturbing messages point to the possibility of an all-too-real crime … especially when women begin to disappear.

You can read Chapter One on the Author's website!


This new book has Cooper and Fry chasing red herrings all over the wide area, yet, they all seem connected to the case at hand. Eventually they all seem to share a connection to a local funeral parlor, and then the story takes off in typical Booth fashion, with Fry and Cooper at odds with one another, yet each working the case their own way to find a shared solution. The duo is not your normal crime solving suet- they spar, sometimes hate each other, and seem pretty disconnected, but when you look close you can see the respect growing with each book, and how assumptions are being broken down. Their reactions echo the story line, and the book is an interesting look at the human condition and psyche. Well worth reading, and I can't wait for the next US premier!

About the Author:

Stephen Booth is an award winning British crime writer, the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who have appeared in twelve novels set in England’s beautiful and atmospheric Peak District. Stephen has been a Gold Dagger finalist, an Anthony Award nominee, twice winner of a Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel, and twice shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year. Ben Cooper was a finalist for the Sherlock Award for the best detective created by a British author, and in 2003 the Crime Writers’ Association presented Stephen with the Dagger in the Library Award for “the author whose books have given readers the most pleasure”.

The Cooper & Fry series is published all around the world, and has been translated into 15 languages. For more info check out Boone's website and Twitter pages for more on the author and the series!

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