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The Dead Place (Cooper & Fry #6)

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“This killing will be a model of perfection. An accomplishment to be proud of. And it could be tonight or maybe next week. But it will be soon. I promise.”

The anonymous phone calls indicate a disturbed mind with an unnatural passion for death. Cooper and Fry are hoping against hope that the caller is just a harmless crank having some sick fun. But the clues woven through h
Paperback, 454 pages
Published 2005 by Harper Collins
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Jan 02, 2015 Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-crime
Poor old Ben Cooper has to investigate the death of a woman who is found on the moors decomposing. Inconveniently the records tell us she died in hospital and was buried 18 months earlier!

This is another Cooper and Fry book with a solid mystery, good atmospherics and plenty of red herrings along the way. Diane Fry appears considerably more grouchy in this one and Ben has to put up with her moaning. She needs something to cheer up her life - dont know if Mr Booth is planning on that at all!
May 18, 2016 Monika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Sjätte delen i serien om Ben Cooper och Diane Fry blir ingen besvikelse. Alla ingredienser för en intressant historia finns här. Märk väl: intressant. Inte spännande. Det här är ingen rafflande deckare och den som gillar action göre sig icke besvär. Läs mer på min blogg
Nov 16, 2008 Samantha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
A good, but not a great, book.

For me, the only real reason I read these books is because I simply adore the character of Det. Constable Ben Cooper. I don't know, maybe I'm just a sucker for small town English boys who like history, are polite to a fault, have a keen sense of justice, recognize their own shortcomings, and have a cat.

If I was going to have an imaginary boyfriend, Ben Cooper would be it.

That being said, the overall story is a pretty good mystery, although, for once, I guessed who t
The Dead Place is a Cooper and Fry mystery by Stephen Booth. I liked the first two books in this series, but have missed several.

Creepy anonymous phone calls to the police, a morbid fascination with death, a funeral home full of suspects, a professor specializing in death rituals, plenty of detail about what happens to the body following death, more than enough about preparing a body for viewing at a funeral home. I'm glad, my husband and I have chosen cremation. (Although, I despise the term "
Paul Phillips
Sep 16, 2015 Paul Phillips rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DS Diane Fry is convinced that a series of sinister phone calls received by the police - referring to "the dead place" and "flesh eaters" - are the real deal, and that a murder is about to occur. Meanwhile, DC Ben Cooper manages to identify the remains of a woman, only to discover that she died over a year earlier, and was supposedly cremated. Both investigations seem to have links to Hudson & Slack, a locally owned funeral parlour.

Another day, another police procedural. The Dead Place stand
Mar 25, 2014 Priya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The last time I was this addicted to a book series was Harry Potter, and considering the Potter-fanatic that I am, that's saying something. The thing I love the most about these Cooper and Fry books, which may be classified as police procedural, is that they are all about the characters. Like Stephen King, Booth manages to dive right into people's minds and build true to life characters. You don't always like them nor agree with the
Barbara Mitchell
I thought I had read a book in this series before but when I checked, I didn't see Booth's name on my list. Must have been several years ago, or I've just heard so much about the series that I was mistaken. This Cooper and Fry series is popular and successful of course, but I was a bit disappointed with this particular story,

First, Cooper and Fry. I do like Cooper. He's a thinker, compassionate toward people and animals, has a good detective's intuition, and seems easy to get along with. Fry, on
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Mar 11, 2014 D'eBook Sharing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I haven’t read a proper crime novel in a long time so was a little dubious as to whether I’d actually enjoy this story. I was pleasantly surprised to find that although I wasn’t as enthralled as I am by the Paranormal Fiction/Romance genre, I was drawn in by the mystery and suspense.

Have you ever sat and watched the likes of “Midsomer Murders” or “Inspector Morse”? Well, for me, this book is just as good as those tv series. I’d als
Jan 12, 2015 Val rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Stephen Booth I have read and found I still had to work through some of the long descriptions to find the meat of the story, as it were. Again, there are lots of twists and turns and you do not know who the killer is until right at the end. I thought I had guessed correctly, several times but nope, another twist and you were sent down another path. The story keeps you guessing right to the end. I just wish there was less description of the countryside as it goes on for way too ...more
This is another long novel in the series.

British novels seem to run longer than American ones and devote many words to description. Elizabeth George does it with emotions, exploring in detail every nuance of each one. Booth does it with landscapes, providing more detail about them than is necessary. The same novels written for a primarily America audience probably would be 200 to 300 pages shorter.

The friction between Cooper and Fry continues in this novel and it seems to come mostly from Fry’s
Up All Night Book Addict
This was another long read for me. I think this book seemed a little longer than it actually was because I found myself rereading parts at times. Now, don't take that the wrong way. I wasn't rereading them because I didn't understand them. I had to go back to reread certain parts because I thought I missed something I should have picked up on. Now, in my book, that is a good thing.

This is unique to me because I haven't really read many books like this. Now, I have never read any of the other boo
Clare O'Beara

The rugged, isolating mountains of the Peak District are again the setting for police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry. This author writes quality books, dripping with cold, wet details.

A skeletal set of remains is discovered in woods, but the woman has not been reported missing. A weirdo phones the cop-shop from a village call-box to rant about killing. A woman, having worked late, is followed through a multi-storey car park. DS Fry leaves the more usual murder, where a council house man ba
Jun 10, 2011 Shireen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2011
I read recently that this series featuring Diane Fry and Ben Cooper, two police detectives in Derbyshire, England, is popular in Canada. It's nice to know I'm amongst much company. But I'm not surprised. This is British to the core but not in a stereotypical way. Instead the characters are nuanced, they grow from book to book, they create conflict through their personality quirks and because of their past history. There is never a dull moment in any of these books so far, including The Dead Plac ...more
Ian Mapp
Mar 02, 2012 Ian Mapp rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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May 22, 2010 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
RATING: 3.25

Although not given to pursuing wild goose chases, Detective Sergeant Diane Fry is spending a lot of time trying to nail down the disturbed individual who is making anonymous calls with promises of murders to come, and providing intellectually obscure clues that have to do with "the dead place", a location which means something to the caller but is maddeningly hidden to the police.

At the same time, Detective Constable Ben Cooper is following the threads of another mystery and trying t
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
My latest read in the Cooper/Fry series by Stephen Booth and so far, I have loved this series. This one however, was the weakest link. I think he is still doing great work on the characters stories and the relationship between Ben Cooper and Diane Fry, but the plot here was not as good as previous books. The dialogue was once again peppered with some great wit and humor, I particularly love the Gavin Murfin character. His love of food is legendary and hilarious. This story was centered on the di ...more
Mar 20, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful descriptive detail gives an atmosphere that is dark and chilling. Detective Diane Fry is a character who appears to be deeply psychologically affected by the calls and who finds herself fixated on finding the threatening caller. DC Ben Cooper finds himself dealing with death in ways very personal to him.

In depth characterization gives you a good sense of what makes these two tick and brings about an interest in learning more about them. Cooper appears to be a smart and caring detectiv
Oct 14, 2009 Spuddie rated it it was amazing
#6 DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry mystery set in the Peak District of England. Once again, two cases end up tangled together. A strange caller rambles on about death, looking for 'the dead place,' quoting poetry and literary sources and makes it known how special they think the moment of death is. The call is made with a voice changer, and calls are made from public phones, often in the vicinity of where a funeral is taking place. And they promise that a death is coming. Is this a funeral home e ...more
Twin Opinions
I fell like this book kind of let me down. Not near as good as the other books in this series and I was disappointed.

This was much slower paced and to me Cooper and Fry are growing apart not together. I keep hoping they will end up together but they don't. I love the creepy phone messages, it was a new twist to the 2 crimes connecting theme Booth has going on.

Booth is an excellent crime writer but this is not his best. But Overall still a good read in the Cooper Fry Series!
Aug 19, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot was more complex than in previous books. Too many characters/threads of story line to keep straight in my mind. I had to go back and reread about 100 pages trying to figure out where one specific location came into play. At the end I had to read slowly and thoroughly to understand how everything fit together. It was more work than I care for. Still, I love this series and can't wait to start the next one!
Karen H
Dec 16, 2014 Karen H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real who done it

This was probably the best of Booths stories I've yet to read. It kept you guessing right up to the end. And he managed to bring a little humanity to Diane Fry for once, although he continues to portray her as a total bitch.
All in all a good book.
Carol Jean
Mar 27, 2014 Carol Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very involving. Scary yet subtle, with the crazy nicely linked to the lives and activities of the characters. Fry seems to be softening a bit and Cooper seems to be toughening up. I like that they are achieving a balance, at long last, so I don't have to go over to England and give Fry a talking to!
Nov 21, 2015 Barb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on recommendations by friends, I tried to like Stephen Booth. Unfortunately, his plots are just too slow for me. Also, except for Cooper, his characters are universally unlikeable, so I don't really care what happens to them!
Feb 17, 2016 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I learned a lot on the process of death. I found myself not liking the main character Diane Fry until I found out more about why she was reacting the way she was, a previous experience with a case of a child's death.
Jul 11, 2010 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
If you're in the mood to learn arcane details about funeral rituals and what happens to the body after death, read this book. If your hair stands on end at the idea, stay away. Another strong entry in the Fry/Cooper series, this book has everything you expect from Booth--an intricate plot, mordant humor and tense exchanges between Diane Fry and Ben Cooper. I like Booth's writing because it is descriptive and takes the time necessary to build up a picture of place, detail by detail. I also think ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone is calling the Derbyshire police and leaving strange and threatening messages. Diane Fry takes the messages very seriously. There is a very disturbed person at the other end of the line.
Jan 08, 2016 Martina rated it really liked it
#6 of the Cooper/Fry series. It's pouring rain today and I have no intention of leaving here until it stops in a couple of days! Time for a great, long book!

Almost half way through. I've barely had my nose out the door due to the torrential rains and 'erratic' winds! Great days for reading and knitting.

What a story. There is so much to think about that I won't be 'finished' with this for some time to come. Examines from many aspects the fact of dying, of death, of the how and the impact of death
Apr 22, 2014 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seriously just want to live in this setting--minus the dead bodies and nut jobs, of course. I loved the names of the four hounds, and laughed aloud at Murfin's "crème de la crem" joke.
Judith B Crouch
Jan 13, 2016 Judith B Crouch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good example of this series

Pace of this book is brisk compared to the earlier books in the series Still I would recommend reading them in order
Given 3 stars as it was difficult for me to read because of the subject matter, good plot though.
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