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Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Review: Scared to Live by Stephen Booth

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I've got the latest Cooper and Fry mystery for you today!
It comes out tomorrow!


How do you investigate the murder of a woman without a life? That is the challenge facing Cooper and Fry when a reclusive agoraphobic is found shot to death in her home. With no friends, no family, and virtually no contact with the outside world, the dead woman may simply have been the unlucky victim of a random homicide.

At virtually the same time, a raging house fire claims the lives of a young mother and two of her children. But as the debris is cleared, troubling questions remain in the ashes-among them, how did the blaze start, where was the husband at two a.m. the night of the fire, and was it really the flames that killed his family?

Now, as Cooper faces the reemergence of a dark secret he'd hoped to forget, and Fry copes with problems both personal and professional, a horrific possibility begins to take shape: What if the two investigations are somehow connected? A mysterious and unpredictable killer is on the loose. And his next victims could very well be the only two cops who can stop him.


Cooper and Fry work 2 different cases, yet Fry still runs things by Cooper. They are now comfortable with subtle acknowledgements of each others strengths and weaknesses, even if they are not always partnered up. As the cases ping back and forth, and intersect, Cooper and Fry have to sorta through no evidence and muddled evidence to find the truth behind the lies. This is a very enjoyable read from Booth, and you'll learn a LOT about fires and fire investigation along the way!

 Booth likes to offer a surprise here and there, and the ending in this book is no exception. I do recommend reading a couple of books before this one (it is the 7th in the series), as some of the underlying character relationships are not explained thoroughly, and that could leave new readers to the series a bit confused. But for those who have read the series, it is a welcome follow up to The Dead Place. I highly recommend the entire series!

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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