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November 3, 2016

In September the BBC filmed an interview with me as part of their 'Love to Read' campaign, which is running through the autumn to encourage a love of reading and books.
The resulting feature will be aired tonight (Thursday 3rd November) on BBC East Midlands Today, which starts at 6.30pm.
The interview with the BBC's Dominic Heale was filmed partly on Stanton Moor (the inspiration for the 2nd Cooper & Fry novel DANCING WITH THE VIRGINS) and partly in a Peak District pub, the Flying Childers Inn at Stanton-in-Peak.
If you're in the UK, you should be able to catch the programme on the BBC iPlayer. 
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Published on November 03, 2016 07:26 • 51 views

July 3, 2016

For readers in the Derbyshire area, the last chance this summer to hear me talking about the Peak District locations in the Cooper & Fry series and the new Cooper & Fry novel SECRETS OF DEATH will be on Thursday 14th July at my 'Murder in the Peaks' event for Buxton Festival Fringe. 

This is the first time I'll be taking part in the Fringe, which is one of the highlights of July in Derbyshire. 
On the evening, there will also be a chance to ask all those questions you've been itching to get answers to. And copies of SECRETS OF DEATH, and all previous Cooper and Fry titles, will be on sale at a special event discount.

So make sure your book your places now! Tickets are just £6 (£5 concessions), available from the box office at Buxton Opera House:
You can also now order tickets via PayPal from my website:(it isn't necessary to have a PayPal account yourself, but you will need a credit card):

Don't forget the date - Thursday 14th July. See you there!
Date:      THURSDAY 14th JULY
Time:     7.15pm
Venue:   Buxton Methodist Church Hall, Market Place, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6HX
Event:    'Murder in the Peaks', with talk, Q&A and book signing.
Tickets:  £6 (£5 concessions) *

* Concession ticket price is for under-16s, over 65s, students or unwaged.
Buxton Methodist Church is centrally located on Buxton Market Place, and the entrance to the church hall is a few yards along Chapel Street. The postcode is SK17 6HX.
There is pay-and-display parking in the Market Place, as well as some on-street parking on either side of the church in Chapel Street and Fountain Street. If busy, a larger pay-and-display car park can be accessed from Market Street or Clough Street, and is just a short walk through an alley to the church hall.
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Published on July 03, 2016 11:35 • 91 views

June 15, 2016

The new Cooper & Fry novel SECRETS OF DEATH has arrived! UK hardback and ebook editions are released this week. 

SECRETS OF DEATH introduces a new phenomenon - suicide tourists, people who have decided the Peak District is a good place to die. The story involves DI Ben Cooper and his team from Edendale CID investigating a sudden upsurge in suicides, not knowing where the next death might happen.  And when a suspect in a Major Crime Unit investigation goes missing, Cooper faces two more challenges - the arrival of DS Diane Fry from Nottingham, and the possibility that one of these deaths wasn't suicide at all...
In the UK, you can buy the hardback and ebook editions in all the usual places:
Amazon UK:


WH Smith:

The Hive:

or call in at your local bookshop.

An audio download edition of SECRETS OF DEATH is also released today. Publication dates will follow soon in other countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. We're still awaiting news of publication in the USA.

I'll be doing a launch event for SECRETS OF DEATH this Friday (17th June) at Spring Bank Arts, New Mills, Derbyshire. I'm on at 7.30pm (but the bar opens at 7pm!). Tickets are £7, including a glass of Pimms, available from Spring Bank Arts on 01663 308202 or, from High Street Books in New Mills, or online here:

On Saturday I'll be at Bookworm bookshop in Retford, Nottinghamshire, from 10am - 12noon to sign copies of SECRETS OF DEATH. To order a signed copy in advance, phone the shop on 01777 869224 or email:

On Sunday I'll be at Lowdham Book Festival in Nottinghamshire for the festival's 'Day of Crime'. Also taking part are Elly Griffiths, Sharon Bolton, Anne Zouroudi, Steven Dunne, Sarah Ward, Chris Ewan and Robert Thorogood. Full day tickets are £15 (£12 concessions, £10 festival friends).

Don't miss your chance to get a signed copy of the new book - just in time for Father's Day too!

Other dates here:
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Published on June 15, 2016 14:08 • 117 views

November 23, 2015

Libraries have always been very important to me, and I think they're particularly vital in communities where there isn't much else available.

Edlington, near Doncaster, is a former coal mining area which is said to be one of the most deprived areas in England.

However, it now has a very nice new library located in the Martinwells Centre, a community facility which also includes doctors' surgeries, a dentist's, a pharmacy and a cafe. 

I'll be there this Wednesday (25th November, 2pm) to talk to readers about the Cooper and Fry series, with copies of the books on sale. Tickets are just £2, refreshments included. 

To be sure of a place, phone Edlington Library on 01302 736470, or just turn up on the day.
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Published on November 23, 2015 09:43 • 72 views

November 3, 2015

Don't miss 'The Line-Up' - an evening of crime fiction coming up at Waterstones Nottingham on Friday 6th November.

Suspect number one: Steven Dunne

Steven's explosive and gripping self-published debut in 2008, 'The Reaper', dropped a bomb on the crime scene and led to a string of thrillers starring the troubled DI Damen Brook. He presents Eexhibit A: his latest novel 'A Killing Moon'.

Suspect number two: Glenis Wilson 

Already a celebrated author of literary fiction Glenis has turned her talented hand to crime, 'Dead Certainty' was released earlier this year to widespread acclaim. She will bring Exhibit B: her second crime novel set in the hidden underbelly of the world of horse racing, 'Dead On Course'.

Suspect number three: Stephen Booth

Derbyshire's grand master, the multiple award-winner has a rap-sheet 15 novels long, starring his contrasting characters, Cooper and Fry. Exhibit C is the latest Cooper & Fry novel 'The Murder Road'.

Tickets are just £3 from Waterstones. Call now to reserve your place!

Tickets and further details on: 0115 947 0069
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Published on November 03, 2015 15:32 • 17 views

October 25, 2015

In the UK, the ebook edition of the first Ben Cooper and Diane Fry novel BLACK DOG is currently available to download at the special offer price of just 99p!

Ebook editions are available in all formats: 
Amazon Kindle
Apple iBooks 
Google Play 
eBooks from Sainsbury's 

You can also purchase BLACK DOG directly from HarperCollins UK:

Why not take the opportunity to introduce a friend to the Cooper and Fry series? They'll thank you for it!

Read further details of the 99p ebook offer from Book Perk:
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Published on October 25, 2015 07:07 • 38 views

July 27, 2015

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In August, Nottinghamshire hosts a new literary event when the first Newark Book Festival is held. It boasts a fantastic venue in the grounds of the historic Newark Castle (hence the festival's tagline 'Books in the Castle'). 

The castle's long history includes its important role in the English Civil War and its fame as the place where King John died after issuing Magna Carta and suffering a disaster crossing The Wash. The castle stands right alongside the River Trent, and Newark has many other attractions to make it well worth a visit if you've never been before.

This festival came about following an event I did at the Storytellers Bookshop in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, earlier this year. During a chat with the owner, Paul Trickett, he mentioned that he lived in Newark and that he'd always thought the town should have its own book festival. I thought so too, and added "someone ought to organise one". And Paul went off and did it! 

He's done an amazing job putting it all together and getting some fantastic authors to take part over the two days (Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August). Please come along and support it if you're in the area. 

Full details of the festival are on the 'Books in the Castle' website here:

And I'll be there, of course. On the Saturday I'm doing a special event with one of our top crime novelists - the wonderful Peter Robinson (pictured left), author of the Inspector Banks series (now DCI Banks on TV). I've been reading Peter's books for years, and I'm thrilled to be sharing the stage with him (or a marquee, at least). 

Our crime fiction event will be on Saturday 8th August at 4pm, when we'll be chaired by Hull crime writer Nick Quantrill. 

Though admission to the castle grounds is free for the festival, places for our event are limited and tickets are £8 each. Tickets are available from WH Smith 38 Market Place, Newark (phone 01636 677518), or from the Secret Garden Cafe, 6 Stodman Street, Newark (phone 01636 676999) or can be booked online here:

Don't forget - the capacity of the marquee is limited, so don't delay in reserving your places! 

Books will also be available to buy and get signed on the day, of course.   
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Published on July 27, 2015 03:52 • 104 views

July 4, 2015

The 15th novel featuring young Derbyshire police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry will be published in the UK on 16th July. 
THE MURDER ROAD explores the consequences on a tiny Peak District community when a lorry which becomes jammed under a railway bridge is found to have a blood-stained cab and a missing driver. 

For residents in the hamlet of Shawhead, there's only one way in and one way out. And some of them may never go out at all.  Detective Inspector Ben Cooper is on the scene with his team from Derbyshire E Division. But the one person who may hold the answers to the mystery is found hanging from a walkway high over the river in the nearby town of New Mills. 

With the arrival of a new sergeant, Cooper is unsure of his position in E Division. So who will he turn to when his case takes a dramatic turn?

THE MURDER ROAD is set around the towns of New Mills and Whaley Bridge, in the north west corner of Derbyshire. Locations range from the Torrs gorge under New Mills, with its spectacular Millennium Walkway (above), to the recently restored canal complex at Bugsworth Basin (below). 

Launch events are coming up soon for THE MURDER ROAD. 

I'll be doing two evenings around publication time - one at Chesterfield Library (Wednesday 15th July) and a second at Spring Bank Arts in New Mills (Friday 17th July) - followed by signings at bookshops in Retford, Cromford and Chapel-en-le-Frith.

To make sure of a place at the launch events, book your tickets now. Details of how to book are below: 

Chesterfield Library Theatre, New Beetwell Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 1QN - launch event for THE MURDER ROAD, in conjunction with Waterstones Chesterfield. Tickets £5. To book a place, visit the Chesterfield Library help desk, or phone the library on 01629 533400.

FRIDAY 17th JULY, 7.30pmSpring Bank Arts, Spring Bank, New Mills, Derbyshire SK22 4BH - launch event for THE MURDER ROAD. Tickets £6 (including a glass of Pimms) are available from Spring Bank Arts, from High Street Books in New Mills, or online at:

SATURDAY 18th JULY, 10am - 12pm
Bookworm, 1 Spa Lane, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 6EA - signing for THE MURDER ROAD. Phone 01777 869224 or email:

SATURDAY 18th JULY, 2.30 - 4.30pm
Scarthin Books, The Promenade, Cromford, Derbyshire DE4 3QF - signing for THE MURDER ROAD. Phone 01629 823272 or email:

SATURDAY 25th JULY, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Reading Matters, 48 Market Street, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, Derbyshire SK23 0HY - signing for THE MURDER ROAD. Phone 01298 938166 or email:

Meanwhile, THE MURDER ROAD can be pre-ordered in hardback and ebook editions here:
Amazon UK:


The Hive:

Or call in at your local independent bookshop to get it on order! 
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Published on July 04, 2015 16:59 • 156 views

May 11, 2015

Warning: reading this ebook bundle may result in a Cooper & Fry addiction! Today's Top Deal at BookGorilla - three novels for just $1.99!

The Cooper and Fry Mystery Collection #1 is on offer for US readers to download until 18th May. 

Get the first three books in the Ben Cooper and Diane Fry series - Black Dog, Dancing with the Virgins and Blood on the Tongue - all together in one volume:

Amazon Kindle:

Barnes & Noble Nook:

Eleven more titles in the series are also available. 

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Published on May 11, 2015 15:19 • 67 views

May 2, 2015

A happy birthday to Ben Cooper and Diane Fry.
Yes, May 2nd 2015 marks exactly 15 years since the first appearance in the world of the Derbyshire detective duo. This was the date my debut Cooper and Fry novel BLACK DOG was originally published in the UK by HarperCollins. 
Many more editions have followed in succeeding years - not to mention at least 14 more books in the Cooper & Fry series.
Along the way, BLACK DOG has sold many thousands of copies around the world, and continues to sell in substantial numbers 15 years later. It's the book which many new readers start with, as it gives an insight into the characters of Ben Cooper and Diane Fry and their complex relationship.
When it was first published, BLACK DOG won the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel of the Year in the USA, and was a finalist for the Anthony Award for the Best First Mystery Novel. In the UK, it was named by the London Evening Standard as one of the six best crime novels of 2000 - the only book on their list by a British author. It's no exaggeration to say its publication changed my life. :)
To give you an idea of the history of this title, below are the covers of 24 different editions. Some of them are from the UK and USA, but there are also a number of translations, including five versions in German, plus editions from the Netherlands, France, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, the Czech Republic, Romania, and Japan. The range of interpretations is amazing!
Many of these editions are still available, of course, and there are even more to come. I hope the history of BLACK DOG will continue well into the future!

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Published on May 02, 2015 05:55 • 91 views