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Blood On The Tongue (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry #3)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,075 ratings  ·  58 reviews
As if three bodies on her hands isn't enough, snow and ice have left half of E Division out of action and Fry is forced to partner DC Murfin. Her former partner Ben Cooper is on a trail of his own, however - one as cold as the Peak District January.
Published April 1st 2003 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2002)
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Kirsty Darbyshire
Stephen Booth, who wasn't at all bad to start with, is going from strength to strength. This is one of the best mysteries that I've read for quite some time.

It's the dead of winter in Derbyshire's E-Division and DS Fry and DC Cooper have more than enough to deal with on top of the snow and ice without a Canadian girl investigating a second world war air crash on their patch too. Fry is dismissive but Cooper gets drawn into the historical mystery. I've got a definite penchant for mysteries that a
Booth is such a talented writer. He brings in such emotions into his characters that you actually feel like you are standing right there, ready to give a hug. Ben Cooper is a Detective in the Peak District in England. He is well thought of guy, who is easy person for people to talk to. Diana Fry is now Ben's boss and they have history. I shall not say anymore about that, you will have to read the first two books for that history. Diana is not so well liked...ok I hate her at times...but I try to ...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Continuing with the Cooper/Fry series, this was another great read from Stephen Booth. I would highly recommend this series to crime/mystery readers out there and say, start with book 1 and read them in order. That way, you can get to grips with the relationship between Ben Cooper and Diane Fry and also, their backgrounds and how they effect and impact on their lives and work. This one was centered on an incident in WW2 and a plane that crashed into the Peak District back nearing the end of the ...more
This is probably one of the most atmospheric of the Cooper/Fry novels. The whole winter/snow scenes are beautifully described and fit extremely well into the plot.
I find the character of Ben highly likeable and Diane not so. However, the contrast between their personalities and relationship in general is enthralling throughout the series as a whole.
The minor characters such as the Canadian woman and the book shop owner did annoy me somewhat! Also in my opinion, having read other books in thi
This was an excellent read in many ways - the characters were well-developed although there were almost too many of them. The plot was well-conceived and complex - perhaps too complex. I spent a fair amount of my reading time having to review to keep characters placed and in line. The author has a very interesting writing style (the 4th star of my rating is based on the author's style.) Consider these lines: "If you had no present and no future, where was there to live but the past?" "His stomac ...more
Pat Kahn
This is the third in the series of detective novels featuring policemen Ben Cooper and Diane Fry and I notice that there are 14 so I look forward to some enjoyable reading.

The novels are set in the Peak District of England in a very rural community. This one deals with a mystery stemming back to the end of WW2 and a plane that crashed in the mountains. There was much about how common this was and how many planes are still there. I was interested in seeing if this was based on fact and it was. Ap
Cathy Cole
It took me a while to pick up this third book in the Cooper and Fry series, and I'm glad I finally did. Blood on the Tongue is an excellent blend of old crime and new. Many threads in the story go all the way back to World War II when a bomber crashed on Irontongue Hill, and-- rumor has it-- the Canadian pilot walked away with a very large shipment of money they were transporting to another airbase. It's a complex and very gratifying plot that Booth has created, and I certainly enjoyed trying to ...more
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The characters, the wonderfully fleshed out characters, were the highlights of the book for me. I could once again instantly picture the nice, perceptive (albeit slightly awkward and generally confused, around Diane Fry, anyway) Cooper and the (still) sort of cold outsider Fry. But they are the main characters of the book, you'd expect them to stand out. But - I loved the many officers in the police department, the Polish community of Edendale, the survivors of the war and the avid collectors of ...more
Kim Lauwers
I kind of read all these books in a row because my volleyball coach lent them to me all at once, and it's not working out for me to be honest.

So tip: do not read them one after the other because little or nothing changes (which can be a good thing in some series, but here there is just too little change to make it interesting) I still think that reading one or two of these a year shouldn't be a problem because then enough time has lapsed to make it more "new" and "suprising" when you read the ne
Bloodhound Ben Cooper is on the case of the "Snowman" murder with the constant interference of his annoying and intruding boss Dianne Fry. She acts likes his mother and I was starting to think she has a thing for Ben. So there is this boring little town in England called Edendale. But, due to Irontongue Hill and local weather conditions many a plane has crashed outside the sleepy little hamlet including a WWII Lancaster bomber with secrets of its own. The Canadian pilot walked away from the cras ...more

The snow is falling heavily on the hills of the Peak District. The beauty of the scene is deceptive, as the area is truly a killing field. During World War II, at least 30 airplanes crashed here, and their remains have been left to this day as a silent memorial. And now, suffering and alone, Marie Tennant is lying in the hills, her body not to be discovered until the drifts begin to melt. However, the timetable is moved up when a group of air cadets come across a dead baby underneath
Kathleen Hagen
Blood on the Tongue, by Stephen Booth, A-minus. Produced by clipper Audio and distributed in the U.S. by Recorded Books, narrated by Christopher Kay.

Another welcome visit with Diane Frye and Ben Cooper. I can only read these in the order that Recorded Books chooses to produce them here in the U.S. They have a deal with Clipper to distribute some of their books, including Booth’s. The problem is they do it in their own time and in their own speed. This means “Blind to the Bones” was produced bef
The third book in the Cooper and Fry series. Set in the Peak district during a heavy snowfall, Blood on the Tongue begins with the death in the snow of a young woman, shortly before the body of a man is found by a snow plough. Alongside these investigations, is the fascinating story of Sugar Uncle Victor - a Royal Air Force crew that crashed into the Derbyshire hills during another bad winter - January 1945. The grandaughter of the pilot has arrived from Canada to clear her grandfather's name of ...more
Marika Charalambous
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Blood on the Tongue is the first book I've read by the British mystery author Stephen Booth. I received a review copy to read and review on my blog. As it is not the first in the series, I was a bit hesitant to commit at first – it’s actually the 3rd book – however as the name Stephen Booth is well known among the crime mystery book lovers, I found myself being excited to read it.

First let me tell you that this is not a fast paced
Ian Mapp
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Jevron McCrory
I had to force my way through this yawnworthy novel.

This isn't my type of fiction so maybe it's me but the mysteries just weren't interesting to begin with so I didn't care who was responsible.

There was ZERO action in this novel and hardly much more drama. Basically, nothing held my attention except for the writer's fluid confident prose. If only there was an actual story worth reading here. Stolen war memorabilia? Pass.

One of my least favourite books for quite some time.
Carol Jean
Very very engrossing, with great atmosphere and fascinating characters. Frankly, if I were Cooper I'd have backhanded Fry and given her my resignation, but apparently the sole of her shoe fits the dent in his a**. This is one of those instances where you learn more about a character from what he DOESN'T do!
Irene Dreger
Another excellent novel from Stephen Booth.
I so enjoy the additional education I get from his novels.
In this case it was the strong presence of the Polish community in England, going back quite some years!
As with all history in England the last world war history is still very present.
Steve Gillway
I am getting into the Derbyshire crime series. It's is interesting to note how dysfunctional the two main characters are together. The plot is tight and a good range of characters.
Twin Opinions
Another great read by Booth. Well written and super interesting. I absolutely love Ben's character. Diane pisses me off a lot. She gets better in the end but not much. I think the first book is the best, but this is still great.

I love the ties to WWII. That is my favorite time in history to study, so I really enjoyed the connection. The side characters are good, but I have loved his other characters better in previous books.

Booth wrote beautiful scenic scenes, but at times it became detracting
Tim Gray
A page turning mystery, nicely done, layered with strong characters. Not the first in the series, but can be read alone - and enjoyed.
Another book from my hairdresser's 'bring and borrow' bookshelf! I read this because it's set in the Peak District near where I live, so many of the settings were familiar. However, the one exception was the town where the police detectives were based -- I couldn't work out if it was supposed to be Buxton, Chesterfield, Glossop or somewhere else -- but where?? The descriptions and background didn't quite fit any of the them, but perhaps it was an imaginary location. Of course this wouldn't matte ...more
Minty McBunny
I take this series in small doses, mainly because I find Diane Fry's shabby treatment of Ben Cooper more irritating than I'd like. At the outset of this book, I started to feel I might have to give up on it because it's just too frustrating to have her being so rude to him for such a long period of time.

But then the actual mystery took over and I was willing to put up with any level of behavior on her part just to find out what happened! This may be my favorite of the 3 I have read so far, very
e-book. loved it. read 2012 or 2013. See Amazon review.
Jessica Woodrow
This one was not a favorite. I felt it got a bit tedious.
Starts slow and rather ponderous (for lack of a better word), but kept me reading because I wanted to know what happened. Overall, good mystery, didn't see the resolution coming. I'll be reading more from this author.
D.A. Cairns
Booth still annoys me, as in other Fry and Cooper novels, with very slow paced narrative filled with interesting information which may or may not enhance the story, while at the same time compelling me by virtue of intrigue and wonderful characters. I prefer faster pacing but Booth's ability to plot so intricately is impressive. Overall an enjoyable read and I think I've become just a little but addcited to Fry and Cooper.
"Blood on the Tongue" was a riveting read that I found hard to put down. Set in the dead of winter it sees Cooper and Fry investigate a murder and a possible suicide but Cooper also finds himself curious about the disappearance of an RAF pilot whose plane crashed on the moors in 1947. Stephan Booths depiction of the snow covered moors literally had me shivering in the middle of a heatwave.
Nick Duretta
Solid British police procedural that makes good use of its Peak District locale. Intriguing story combines RAF air combat in WWII, the local Polish community, illegal trafficking in war memorabilia, and a taut collection of interesting characters. There is a slight misogyny to the novel, however; the female characters are not portrayed in a good light at all.
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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 13 crime novels, all set in and around England's Peak District.

The Cooper & Fry series has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, and Detective Constable Cooper has been a finalist for the Sherlock Award for the Best Detective cr
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