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Dead And Buried (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry #12)

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Detective Sergeant Ben Cooper comes closer to death than ever before in this new brand new novel in the Cooper and Fry series.

As moorland fires sweep across England's Peak District national park, hundreds of firefighters and park rangers battle to prevent flames reaching a remote inn, once a famous landmark but now abandoned and boarded up.

The blaze is just one of a serie
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Little Brown and Company
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Rachel Hall
Despite this being the twelfth in the series, Dead and Buried served as my introduction to the Cooper and Fry novels of Stephen Booth set amidst the Peak District. As a standalone this worked as a solid introduction to the series and Booth provided enough depth as to the back story and the history of the pairing, yet also left me wanting to know more. Clearly the tension between the two lead detectives is a long running feature of the series.

DS Diane Fry had thought she had escaped the Derbyshir
Clare O'Beara
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-crime
The peaty soil of the Peak District has dried out and is easily set alight, so in this latest atmospheric offering from Stephen Booth, large swathes of moorland are burning. A pub which has closed due to the economic situation, the drink and drive ban and its isolated location, is the epicentre of the shockwaves running through the story.

Ben Cooper the local copper is starting to get jaded and to lose hope of promotion, while old-timer Gavin Murfin is jocularly pretending he doesn't care that h
Diane Fry gets more annoying with each book lately. In several earlier books, it seemed as if she might be softening her attitude toward Ben Cooper and her fellow officers, but in the last few ones, she seems to be getting more antagonistic than she was at the start. I’m beginning to wonder why her superiors haven’t called her on the carpet for it.

Readers of this book (and all the others in the series) also learn more about the Peak District of England than anyone other than a hard-core Anglophi
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First Booth book to read. Another hyped up novel by the press. It needed a map. Not all of us are familiar with the B6061 or the A610. I became so confused with east west that I felt dizzy. Sometimes the writing felt like a lot of copy and paste: page276. "it was where David and Trisha Pearson should have been...." And page 278 " Pearsons ought to have been....". I didn't care for the feeling at the end that things weren't tied up. Why didn't the crime scene investigators go through the entire i ...more
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimethriller
Very hard to put down, a book I read in two days and now I'll have to wait months to find out what happens next. Have to admit a soft spot for Ben Cooper and an intense dislike of Diane Fry.
The Lighthouse is an inn up on the moors, near the old tracks across the land before the modern roads came in. It sounds a bit like The Slaughtered Lamb in an American Werewolf, and there's definitely an element of what can happen when you 'Stray from the path'.
I also like spotting the places I know in Booth'
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Tolfte delen om Cooper och Fry är utläst och nu börjar jag närma mig slutet på riktigt. Endast en bok kvar oläst i hyllan och den borde vara bra, för denna var det inte. Jag börjar allvarligt misstänka att Stephen Booth är en varannanboksförfattare. Läs mer på min blogg
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead and Buried by Stephen Booth
Cooper and Fry series Book #12

From The Book:
Brutal acts of fire starting have ravaged the Peak District, and now a new wave of moorland infernos sweeps across the national park. For DS Ben Cooper, the blazes are best left to the firefighters, even with the arsonists still at large. But when an intruder breaks into an abandoned pub, Cooper is on the case—and he swiftly unearths a pair of grim surprises. The first is evidence of a years-old double homicide, and
Two problems with this book, and they are both my problems. One, somehow I must have this author confused with someone else because I can fathom no other reason I would pick up book #12 in a series. It read well enough as a stand alone for the most part, there are no insurmountable big knowledge gaps which is good as otherwise I'd have ditched it pretty early on. Which leads to my second problem. I appear to be in a generally mean and cranky mood this week, I think I scared the tech at the pharm ...more
John Buxbaum
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like it's a cop-out to say this is my favourite Cooper/Fry story because it is the newest (until June '13) but...It is!!! What a super story. Stephen Booth has taken things to the next level - on many fronts. You will go places you didn't expect - both in Cooper and Fry's relationship and with Ben's others relationships. But what really will get you is the ending. It is truly epic - Stephen will take you right to the edge (the Devil's Edge . Then he will let you look over that edge. Howev ...more
#12 in the Ben Cooper-Diane Fry series set in the Peak District, Derbyshire, England. I've really enjoyed this series since the mystery group read Black Dog, the first, in October 2003!

Another great outing by Stephen Booth. In the midst of wildfires on the moors, evidence is unearthed of the presence of two visitors who vanished in a snow storm two years earlier. Diane Fry is brought back to Edendale from her new posting and her distaste for everything and everyone in Edendale is on display once
Sally Wragg
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Stephen Booth's 'Cooper and Fry' series. I'm not reading them in any particular order, which I might have done but it doesn't make much difference to my enjoyment because it's easy to catch up with exactly where the duo are with their lives - and interesting to fill in the missing bits when I read an earlier book a little later on. I love the way the duo interact with both each other and with the other characters in the series. There's always an absorbing plot, this one involving a cold c ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
History and Present End and take Ben's Future

As Ben Cooper's story moves along through this mystery in the series, it carries the reader back into the past. Way back. Details of the District's history become critical even as they mesmerize the reader with the drama of historical details. Booth manages to weave the past and present brilliantly. My favorite thus far in this series because every detail matters. Pay attention.
Claire O'Sullivan
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
Read for Prison Reading Group. Well written, good character development. Part of a series. I would definitely read more of Stephen Booth's work - a lovely man who came to talk to the Reading Group which was appreciated.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gave it a try, but note to self. No more Cooper/Fry. Not complex enough for me; characters not interesting and/or intelligent. Hate reading books where you have to wonder how stupid could people be, particularly when they are supposed to be investigating and solving murders.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I needed a lighter novel to read, so I chose this one. I like the setting of this mystery series. And I am pleasantly far behind, so I have a few I can catch up with.
Paul Brown
This is the first book I have read in the Cooper and Fry series so I admit I'm a bit of a gatecrasher wading in half way through so I'm not the best person to comment on character development or earlier cases but here's my thoughts taking this book at face value.
So the thing Booth does best is make use of the Peak District; with its black clouds, desolate wilderness and corpses in the peat bogs the atmosphere is borderline Gothic and there's some excellent uses of local folklore and legend as we
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This audio book is a huge disappointment. The narrator reads with way too much affectation. He really ruined the listening experience. As far as the actual book goes it almost boring. I just wanted him to stop with all of the excessive description of the Peak District (I think you would have to actually live there to appreciate it) and get on with the story. At least in his early book, The Black Dog the area description was atmospheric and added to the story. Another very noticeable thing was th ...more
This book is a bit slow and the ending focuses more on the Ben Cooper's (detective) relationship than on solving the murder!!!!
Catherine Alhinc
A great one, first rate, though gruesome.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, foreign-land
Very good mystery. Good characters, has good interaction and friction between some characters. Nicely written.
Gloria Feit
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As this book opens, firefighters in the Peak District of England are fighting what seems to be a losing battle, trying to contain the flames engulfing this part of Derbyshire, with smoke covering acres and acres of the moors from the catastrophic wildfires that have been springing up, the worst seen in the area in decades, many undoubtedly the result of arson. But to D.S. Ben Cooper, his more immediate problem are the buried items found by the crew working one of the sites, and which appear to b ...more
Lizzie Hayes
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Dead and Buried’ by Stephen Booth
Published by Sphere, 21 June 2012. ISBN: 978-1-84744-481-3

The twelfth entry in the series featuring Ben Cooper now a Sergeant, and DS Diane Fry brings starkly to our attention the effects of fire in the Peak District in Derbyshire.

Situated in an isolated area is an abandoned pub -The Light House, which has been empty for the past two years. Following the report by one of the fire fighters of a break-in at the abandoned pub Cooper decides to investigate. But a c
The usual ingredients - the multitudinous teaching points, the mixture of being rooted in the landscape but bang up to the minute, the grit in the shoe relationship between Ben Cooper and Diane Fry.

Stephen Booth's world view seems fundamentally good natured and the teach-ins are easy to take in good part. The scenario for this latest offering works particularly well - moorland fires, rural pub closures, holiday cottage visitors. Even if I didn't pass the reality as often as I do, Booth would cre
Bobby D
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a big reader of mysteries but do on occasion enjoy them and pick one up for light reading. Then I prefer true crime to the fictional version. I read the first book in Stephen Booth’s series (Buried is his 12th in the series) “Black Dog” and now have skipped all the way to his latest book. The reason is mainly as a result of reading Mr. Booth’s newsletter to readers where he talked about reader reaction to the ending of this latest book.

In this we find the Peak District burning with larg
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it had a lot of ayy lmao.. more ayy lmao than most ayy lmao than I have read
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Fires are burning across the moorland in this next installment in the Ben Cooper/Diane Fry series. The Light House is a pub that has been closed for a couple years but now it is in the path of the fires. Although the police have checked the area as the fires died down, it was Diane who entered the pub and found a body. Diane is her usual ambitious, caustic self and it’s usually Ben who is the target of most of her barbs. Gavin Murfin is counting the days until his retirement and is enjoying trad ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Dead and Buried, by Stephen Booth, a-minus, narrated by Mike Rogers, produced by Hachette audio, downloaded from

There are fires being set on the moors and in the peat bogs. These are particularly dangerous because a fire can burn underground in a peat bog for years and re-emerge at another time. But Ben’s bigger concern is that a corpse is found in a pub which has been abandoned. There is no reason for anyone, particularly a corpse, to be there. Again, Diane and a crew insert themse
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the last two books regarding the Cooper/Fry interactions, but this definitely had a whiff of Elizabeth George's With No One as Witness about the ending.

The moors are on fire (never a good thing) and of course there are things uncovered where they burn. Additionally, there's a man's body found in a pub that closed recently - his last phone call referred to Dante's ninth circle of Hell. There are two investigations, one into the recently uncovered effects of two people who disappeared
Douglas Cook
As usual a good read, however this is the saddest of the lot....

first sentences

From a distance, it looked solid – a black wall lying across his path, dense and impenetrable. But as Aidan Merritt drew closer, he could look into its depths. He was able to watch it coil and seethe as the wind drove it across the heather. It was like a vast sooty snake crawling relentlessly over the moor. But he didn’t need to watch it for long to realise it was an illusion. This thing didn’t crawl. Its speed was fr
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I've followed this series right from the start - & actually read them in order! - & enjoyed this as expected...although like the last two it has left me slightly frustrated as I feel I've missed something along the way. In "Lost River" I recall saying..." Diane is facing her own demons which results in a very interesting outcome I'm sure we'll be hearing more about. " & being disappointed that "The Devil's Edge" didn't follow it up. Well, Diane is back in the Peak District but sadly, ...more
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A former newspaper journalist, British author Stephen Booth is the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, Ben Cooper and Diane Fry, who have appeared in 17 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
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Other Books in the Series

Ben Cooper & Diane Fry (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • Dancing with the Virgins (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #2)
  • Blood on the Tongue (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #3)
  • Blind To The Bones (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #4)
  • One Last Breath (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #5)
  • The Dead Place (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #6)
  • Scared to Live (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #7)
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