This is the 11th book in the Cooper & Fry series
The newspapers call them the Savages: a band of home invaders as merciless as they are stealthy. Usually they don't leave a clue—but this time, they've left a body. The first victim is found sprawled on her kitchen floor, blood soaking the terracotta tiles. Before long, another corpse is discovered, dead of fright. As the toll rises, it's up to DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry to track down the killers. But the enemy isn't who they think it is. Beneath the sinister shadow of the mountain ridge called the Devil's Edge, a twisted game is in play, a game more ruthless than the detectives can imagine.
This book brought to mind classic Agatha Christie mysteries, where what seems to be true isn't, and when the truth is brought to light, the reader hits their head and says 'oh duh'. Booth is a master storyteller and leads the reader on a merry chase through a rural British town that is changing, as the country itself changes. Also changing are both Cooper and Fry, both in their family relationships, inter-personal and work relationships. The changes in the countryside echo the many changes in both Fry and Cooper, and their colleagues. Add is a tight mystery that will keep you guessing, and you have a book you can't book down! It will be interesting to see what happens in the next book, as to whether Fry
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”.