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Friday, October 17, 2014

Book Review: Already Dead by Stephen Booth

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from William Morriw, via NetGalley 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

And now for the 13th book in the Cooper and Fry series!

Already Dead  cover


A summer of endless rain in the Peak District leaves the officers of Derbyshire's CID with a problem. They have discovered a man's body lying in shallow water, but torrential rain has swollen the rivers and flooded the roads, making travel difficult and forensic examination impossible.

And that's not all. The absence of DS Ben Cooper, on extended leave after an arson attack, has left a serious gap. DS Diane Fry is a reluctant temporary replacement, but now their makeshift team is about to be tested to the limit. The fatal events of one damp August night are likely to remain shrouded in mystery if they can't track down a car glimpsed only as a dark outline in the rain by a passer-by.

As the rain turns into a deluge, loyalties among the officers will be put under intolerable strain as they try to solve their toughest case yet. And that's before it emerges that Ben Cooper is not at home, but has vanished into thin air...

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


This book picks up right after Dead & Buried. I was lucky to be able to read the 2 books practically back to back, so the dramatic ending from the previous book was very fresh in my mind. Booth allows his characters to be human- to react the way you and I would in real situations. Yes, they may be hardened from experience, but it piles up, and they having a breaking point. That breaking point is what is at the heart of this book.Both Cooper and Fry are frustrated and depressed, and eventually find their solace in their one constant- their jobs.

Booth does an excellent job in luring the reader into a very tangled web along with Cooper and Fry, and has the reader second guessing everything that they do. When the roller coaster ending comes, the reader senses what might be coming, rather like seeing a bad wreck ahead. You don't want to look (read), but you want to KNOW. The long time reader will not really be surprised at the ending, but may be left wondering how the author will play out the loose ends from this book in the next one in the series, The Corpse Bridge (already out in England). This is a great addition to the series, and if you're looking for something new, be sure to check out this 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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