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Already Dead (Cooper & Fry #13)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  565 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
A summer of endless rain in the Peak District leaves the officers of Derbyshire's criminal investigation department with a problem. They have discovered a man's body lying in shallow water, but torrential downpours have swollen the rivers and flooded the roads, making travel difficult and forensic examination impossible.

And that's not all. The absence of Detective Cooper,
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 20th 2013 by Sphere (first published 2013)
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John Lee
Jul 20, 2013 John Lee rated it really liked it
I do enjoy my e-reader but every so often it is good to go back and here, once again, I was lucky enough to hold a new copy of a new release by a favourite author.
It is hard to believe that it was just over a year ago that I read 'Dead and Buried'- the previous book in this series. May be it is a sign of age starting to take its toll, but as I started this one, I couldn't remember the exciting finale of the last. I needn't have worried because most of it was soon relived. You could read this boo
Dec 31, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love this series, but Diana Fry is starting to wear on my nerves. She's gone from cranky and reserved to just unlikeable - and after the last book, with what happened to Ben, you'd think she'd lighten up a little.

The mystery itself is rather slight, as if the author is allowing himself, his readers and characters to catch their breath a little. Only one death, and seemingly little chance of more. Ben, of course, is on compassionate leave but still gets involved. Is he truly going off t
Feb 24, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: gone
Did like it - but think perhaps he has gone a bit overboard on the description of place. Wirksworth deserves to be immortalised in fiction but not all of it moved the story forward, some of it felt like padding and some like a tourist guide. Liked the twist at the end. Sending Ben Cooper off the rails over his fiance's death rang quite true - as he seemed to have sleep-walked into the engagement (disturbing shades of The History of Mr Polly sleep-walking into marriage and then literally burning ...more
Sep 30, 2013 Herzog rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, mystery
This is one of my favorite series; however, I don't remember Diane Fry being quite the shrew that she's become. Originally I thought that her character was both more nuanced and more appealing. The whole tone here was very dark between the floods and Cooper's psychological scars. Compelling, but dark.
Oct 19, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Let's be clear. My four star delight in this novel derives considerably from my familiarity even for a Stephen Booth with the settings for this particular story . There is a spot where a dramatic event occurs and yesterday I was in it eight times. It is an intense experience to read dramatic fiction about a real place in which you are so immersed.

There were other familiar things: the very difficult character of Diane Fry about which I can't decide: is Booth's writing clunky, reminiscent of a ba
Feb 22, 2015 Tinika rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, mystery-british
I can’t believe that I am only giving 3 stars to a Stephen Booth novel. The Cooper/Fry mystery series is my favourite but this, the thirteenth outing is the weakest so far. The earlier books were mainly procedurals with strong character development throughout the series. Already Dead was more character driven with an incidental murder thrown in and it only partially worked. It picks up where the last, Dead and Buried, leaves off. Ben is recuperating from the events in the previous book and not ...more
Carol Jean
Nov 08, 2014 Carol Jean rated it liked it
Unusually awkward, alas, and the bit with extremely late arrival of some wedding invitations caused me puzzlement, rather than sympathy. Not his best, but psychologically interesting and involving. I'm still looking forward to the next one. But really, I wish Diane Fry would move along....I loathe that woman!
Jul 20, 2013 Mel rated it liked it
Pros - The mystery was interesting and the secondary characters felt very real.

Cons - Diane Fry literally pulled her hair more than once and Ben Cooper's crisis felt a bit heavy handed.
Jane Lee
May 14, 2016 Jane Lee rated it it was amazing
Excellent addition to the wonderful series. I only ave two more until Stephen writes more..
Nov 28, 2016 Martina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#13, Ben Cooper and Diane Fry series.
Backdrop in book #12 was fire, in #13 it appears to be rain/water... There was much I must know when I finished Dead and Buried, so no question about what my next book to read would be.

11/27; so glad I decided to just read the next book right away. My questions are being answered, but new things are bubbling to the surface (don't they always?). I can't imagine having had to wait a year for this after reading the previous book!!!

Finished this late. Fascinati
Bobby D
Aug 09, 2013 Bobby D rated it really liked it
STOP! Before you read ALREADY DEAD you should have first read Booth’s previous book DEAD AND BURIED. Why? Well this his latest and 12th book in the Cooper and Fry crime series is very much a sequel to the 11th book. This latest could be read as a standalone but I think readers will enjoy it a great deal more having read DEAD AND BURIED and maybe even THE DEVIL’S EDGE.
I had before these two books only read one other in the Cooper and Fry series which was the first, BLACK DOG. I happened on DEAD
Sep 20, 2016 Junipa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I'm reading too many of these Cooper/Fry books in a row because this one left me flat. Too much description about hills, tors and roads for my liking. They don't help me understand the area at all but I can't skip over them in case there's something significant hidden in those endless paragraphs.

And could DS Fry become even more unlikeable than she was in the last book?

That said, I'm now (im)patiently waiting for the next book in the series to be available from the library.
Gloria Feit
Dec 12, 2013 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
The newest novel in the Ben Cooper and Diane Fry series opens on an ominous note, with the death of an adult male, found lying naked in a shallow stream in “the rural wastelands of the Peak District,” where the roads have been flooded and travel difficult if not impossible, for pedestrians and vehicles alike, in this monsoon-like summer.
The Derbyshire E Division CID, to whom the investigation initially falls, quite literally has no clues, as it appears that the torrential rains have washed away
Mike Gabor
Mar 02, 2014 Mike Gabor rated it liked it
Shelves: british-mystery
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 test
John Buxbaum
Jul 12, 2013 John Buxbaum rated it it was amazing

Already Dead, the latest Cooper/Fry offering from Stephen Booth, is true to form. Stephen takes you from the cliffhanger ending of Dead and Buried and does not disappoint. He has realistically dealt with Ben's trauma over the horrific death of Liz. I really made an effort not to think about how Stephen would take the story line in Already Dead. I am glad I did because he has done a brilliant job. A lot of authors would have glossed over Ben's recovery, not Stephen. Things are not fu
Every reader of this series knows Liz Petty, Ben Cooper’s fiancée, died in the last book, yet Booth brings it up over and over in this one. We get it.

Like many English authors, Booth feels the need to record every nuance of every emotion felt by every character. Slogging through them gets tedious after a while and slows the story down.

There’s too much everything – description, geology, geography – except action. Do we really need to know the view from a house’s front window? How the Peak Distric
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Aug 22, 2013 Mary Gilligan-Nolan rated it really liked it
I was really looking forward to reading this latest in the Ben Cooper/Diane Fry series and it did not disappoint. In the aftermath of "Dead and Buried" which ended badly for Ben, things have not improved for him so far and he is on medical leave and totally in despair. Diane Fry has been brought in to breach staff shortages and lead the team in Ben's absence and is hating being back there. Diane is a very socially awkward individual, to say the least, not a people person. Gavin Murfin is back to ...more
Jun 11, 2014 Gary rated it it was ok
I have managed to read all of the books, in this series, despite the presence of the much hated (by me) Diane Fry. Anti-social, paranoid, ill tempered, possessing a slight God complex, probably, a sociopath. No people skills, with either other police officers or civilians, why is this woman a DS? Why is she here? Perhaps the author wants me to feel sorry for her but I cannot imagine why I would or should.

But, up to this point, I have found the stories to be good enough to make me put up with thi
Nov 20, 2013 Dorothy rated it really liked it
I have to admit that I read this episode in the Cooper/Fry series out of order, but luckily, the author gives quite a bit of information about what happened in the previous novel since it has a great deal of impact on the story line. Cooper is on medical leave after being involved in a tragic fire but he cannot leave the arson case alone. He takes to driving around at night as he tries to heal both mentally and physically and comes across information relevant to current inquiries and pursues ...more
Gary Van Cott
Dec 28, 2013 Gary Van Cott rated it really liked it
I got tired of waiting for this book to be published in the US so I ordered it from the UK. While I rarely speculate about the plot of the next book in a series, the dramatic events at the end of the previous book led me to do so in this case. For better or worse I was only about 25 percent correct. Since I didn't think that Ben Cooper was that into his fiance Liz, I was surprised to discover that he was completely traumatized by her death (which occurred at the end of the previous book) and is ...more
Well, Diane is still in the Peak District but her family aren't mentioned again....what is going on?!! Feel like I've missed something major here (see my comment on "The Devil's Edge" )...but I haven't, I've definitely read the series in order (for once!) Hate to say it but slightly disappointed again. I'm beginning to lose patience with the relationship between Ben & Diane, & she is starting to grate on my nerves a bit!

At times the descriptive passages went on a bit (yes, it was raini
Nov 20, 2014 Mkb rated it really liked it
It is pretty much always a good idea to read a series in order, but I picked up this one on a whim at the local library even though it is the 13th in the series. And I enjoyed it. Although it was clear that these characters had a history that I had not witnessed, it was a perfectly good reading experience. And the writing was so much better than the last thing I read. Phew!

I was thinking about how hard it is (at least for me) to articulate what makes for good writing. You would think it would b
May 03, 2014 S.D. rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
The latest installment of the Ben Cooper/Diane Fry series finds Ben still reeling from his near death experience in the last book which left his fiancée dead. In his absence, Diane is back at Derbyshire to solve the murder of what might be a drowning victim. While clues lead her team to conclude the death was no accident, the reader follows Ben on his personal vendetta to make those responsible for Liz’s death pay. His dreams and flashbacks torment him as he faces the realization that it may be ...more
Doris Ann
Dec 16, 2014 Doris Ann rated it it was amazing
I love this series and ALREADY DEAD is superb. Ben is suffering from depression from the death of his fiance as well as physical pain from the burns he received as he tried to save her. He is on
extended leave. His colleagues are worried...even Diane Fry in her own way.
He becomes interested in a new murder, that he somehow connects to the crimes that killed the love of his life.
Ben's state of mind is the point of this book and Booth handles it so well. The next book is out in England and I'll hav
Another fine book in the Cooper and Fry series. Cooper is recuperating from burns received in an arson fire that killed his fiancee. (I was already having my doubts about her.) Fry is brought back to replace him in a murder investigation. Although not stinting the murder investigation, this book is also focussed on Cooper's state of mind and how he will emerge from his depression. I liked it a lot and would recommend the whole series.
Feb 13, 2015 Deanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimethriller
Once again we're in the peak district, really must go and have a look at it, especially as I live in Derbyshire.
Must admit a soft spot for Ben, he's the sort of policeman you feel you could go to for help, whilst Fry would probably spend the entire interview glaring at you.
I've tried to like her, but she's not a very empathetic character, mainly because other people's weaknesses seem to irritate her.
However I'm picking up the next book from the library tomorrow.
Stevie Carroll
Jan 09, 2014 Stevie Carroll rated it liked it
I nearly gave up on this series after the way the last book ended, and a lot of the plot of this one revolves around the aftermath of that. I'm still not happy with the way that (view spoiler) just to ramp up Cooper's angst, and Fry's dissatisfaction is getting very annoying by this point in the story arc. The main plot of this book was intriguing, but I'm only really planning to read the next one if Mum lends it to me and I want to share in her experiences of ...more
Corrinne Hills
Feb 08, 2015 Corrinne Hills rated it did not like it
Too many characters and too many story lines made for confusing and unenjoyable reading. even the resolution of all the storylines into the final outcome was unsatisfying. It was like a big nasty secret that the reader was left out of. Not clever plot twists just unenjoyable. I finished the book because I wanted to know what the point was not because I wanted to find out what happened to the characters or solve the crime... and I was disappointed.
Oct 05, 2014 Ann rated it liked it
I pick up this series occasionally, but haven't read them all. I like Ben but I think Diane is getting more difficult in each book I've read. This series is set in England and I like hearing about the farm and Ben's life in the country. This book is about murder and Ben's recovery from previous book. He's "off-duty" but still involved. If you like the series, you'll love this book. You might need to read some of the previous books to keep up with this one.
Aug 16, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
This is a powerful story involving, Ben Cooper, trying to deal with the greatest loss of his life, and Diane Fry trying yo figure out how yo help, without appearing too concerned. The never ending rain in the area doesn't help the mood either. Then, all he'll breaks loose when body is discovered. Is it suicide? Gripping as ever. I can't wait yo read Corpse Bridge.
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A former newspaper journalist, Stephen Booth is the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, DS Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who have so far appeared in 14 crime novels, all set in and around England's Peak District.

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Cooper & Fry (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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