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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Book Review: The Kill Call by Stephen Booth

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from the Witness Impulse, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Say hello to the latest Cooper & Fry novel, released this month!

the kill call cover


On a rain-swept Derbyshire moor, hounds from the local foxhunt discover the body of a well-dressed man. Yet an anonymous caller reports the same body lying half a mile away.

 The investigation plunges Detective Sargeant Diane Fry and Detective Constable Ben Cooper into a violent world involving hunters, hounds, horses, thieves, saboteurs, and a lucrative yet little-known segment of the meat trade.

As Fry follows a twisted trail to unravel the victim’s shady business interests, Cooper discovers clues linking the crime to events in the past. History is everywhere around him in the Peak District landscape—particularly in the “plague village’” of Eyam, where a centuries-old outbreak of Black Death has been turned into a modern tourist attraction.

But finding the truth comes at a price as Fry and Cooper find themselves forced to face the disturbing reality of the much more recent past.


With this latest book, the Cooper and Fry series is at a precipice and the reader is not sure how the fall out from new leadership will leave our crime solving duo. Their relationship has grown from a hate-hate, to a tolerate-tolerate, to even grudging respect, and now when they could be on the cusp of actually liking one another, outside forces may be working against them. Like the proverbial fox in this tale, who may be being led on a certain path that he is unaware of, the author has taken the reader down the path with them. With this tale, each has strengths and weaknesses, which allow them to work better as a team to solve a case that has more loopholes than a piece of Swiss cheese. Even the weather keeps working against them! But solve it they do! This is a great example of a well done modern  British police procedural and I highly recommend it!

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 thirteen 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”.

For more info check out Boone's website and Twitter pages for more on the author and the series!

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