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Iskallt spår

(Ben Cooper & Diane Fry #3)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,221 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Det var knappast det enklaste sättet att begå självmord på - Marie Tennant verkade bara ha krupit ihop i den kalla snön på Irontonguehill och sedan legat kvar tills kroppen var helt täckt av is.

Men det är inte det enda dödsfall som Edendales poliskår ställs inför denna kylslagna januarimånad; i ett gammalt bombplan görs den skrämmande upptäckten av ett spädbarnslik och vi
Hardcover, 442 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Minotuar (first published 2002)
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Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A major player in this book is the setting. The moors, a mountain, narrow roads, cobblestones, cottages, quaint shops give a cozy feel, but the cold, snowy landscape, slushy sidewalks, hills too steep and icy to drive up, homes too drafty and cold to even take a coat off hint at the dark mood behind the cozy facade. Seemingly unrelated deaths are investigated by Ben Cooper, all-around nice guy, and Diane Fry, who is now Ben's boss. A plane crash 57 years ago is the backdrop to current events. Th ...more
Deb Jones
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Stephen Booth's Ben Cooper and Diane Fry series of police procedurals/crime novels are definitely recommended for fans of those genres, but also for anyone who enjoys a well-told story with characters that are believable and fully-fleshed out.

Talk about emotional tension that builds throughout the novel -- and doesn't let go even when you've read the final pages!
Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is the third Cooper/Fry mystery and although not as good as Black Dog,(the 1st in the series), it is better than Dancing with Virgins,(the 2nd). Right out of the gate the reader is greeted with an apparent suicide, a missing infant, an unidentified body dug up by a snowplow and the mysterious disappearance of a WWII pilot 60 years ago when the bomber he was flying crashed into a near-by hill.

One would think this would be enough to fill 500 + pages, but alas for me, not so. For whatever rea
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
This third novel in the Cooper and Fry series is a long book at 512 pages. But they’re 512 pages packed with several complex yet engaging stories that slowly mesh into one tale tied to the crash of an RAF bomber in 1945. It's definitely a step up from the prior book in the series.

However, this book could have been shortened by probably close to a hundred pages by cutting some overly long descriptive passages and some of Ben Cooper’s internal monologs. This novel would have been much faster paced
Jo Ring
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good. Definitely the best one I've read so far. They should make a TV program out of the books.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well plotted story but I'm having some difficulty giving the Diane Fry character any redeeming points.
Apr 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa J
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scribd
If you are a fan of British police mysteries, I would highly recommend this series. The main characters are fleshed out but have a complicated work relationship which adds to the mystery. You’re not sure at times if there both on the same side. The mystery itself is very well researched by the author and takes many twists to reach the conclusion. The story does at times get bogged down with scenery description, but is understandable given that the author is writing about where he was born and li ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I really enjoyed this entry in the series. It had been several years since I read one, but Cooper and Fry and pretty unforgettable (she's the hard case and he's the compassionate one....well sorta). The setting is a huge presence in the story and I never had the whole picture clear until the last pages. Excellent.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, I just couldn't put it down.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as part of the three story set. Maybe I was too saturated in Cooper and Fry - ness, but I found this one a little slow and a bit tedious.

There are a couple of bodies on the moors buried in the snow. One, a woman, dies a slow death, alive but weak and in no condition to get out from under the cold weather. The other, a man, is found by a snow plough as it clears the roads.

Mixed in with these two investigations, a baby disappears and a young Canadian woman comes looking for the truth a
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carol Jean
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
John Toffee
Cooper & fry are at it again in the frozen landscape of Edendale in the Derbyshire Peak District. A body is found in the snow on Irontongue Hill and the police are trying to find out who he his and how he died. The investigation is hindered by a Canadian, Alison Morrissey, who has flown over to England to find out what really happened to her grandfather who was a pilot who crashed his Lancaster bomber killing nearly all of his crew 57 years ago in the 2nd World War. Shortly after the body of ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Winter is always a challenging time for the police in Edendale, Derbyshire. The blizzards and chilling winds make the bleak landscapes and twisting roads even more difficult to traverse and investigate in. But crime always goes on, regardless of the weather and the Edendale police have several cases in play.

A young woman is found buried in the snow. At first it appears she just got tired and lay down and was killed by exposure but the post mortem reveals bruises that are evidence of a beating. T
Ian Wingrove
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love soaking up the atmosphere, the people and the countryside, then this is a great book - especially if that countryside is the peak district. If you love a bit of local history and character, then this is a really good book. If you love a slowly paced detective story that walks you through the complexities of apparently unrelated events and weaves them all together - then you will have a good journey in the hands of a wonderful writer. You get a real sense of the victims, their lives a ...more
Steve F
Jun 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DID NOT FINISH (DNF) Author is English (?), but I scanned through the book and it appeared to be just dull American prose to me. I'm a big fan of Connie Willis (Oxford series), Elly Griffiths and many other UK authors where the "English-ness" is obvious on nearly every page. Also I spent a while scanning and couldn't find even the slightest trace of humor in this book. I realize it's dark subject matter, but this is to the point where it seems like the characters are robots; just not realistic t ...more
Hilary. Mccarthy
I enjoyed this book , the characters of Fry and Cooper seemed a little more rounded .
Cooper lost some of his nice boy image and became more tenacious , Fry mean while seemed to softer slightly and tried to be more understanding .
The plot was interesting as it traced an event of the Second World War .
The wreck of a bomber having crashed in the Derbyshire hills leads to many other incidents that draw Cooper particularly into investigating local inhabitants .
The story line is at times a little unbe
Kate Millin
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was fascinated by the story of how a stretched police force in the Derbyshire dales investigate 2 dead bodies found during heavy snowfalls in the area. In addition there is the story of a Canadian woman who comes over to find out what happened to her father who disappeared following the crash of the plane he was piloting int the area. He one of two people who survived the crash - the other was a polish national who then settled in the area.
However I found the style of writing frustrating some
Book 3 in tbe seried. This is a book you need to sit and concentrate on. Lots of layers different crimes all inter woven. The 2 main police characters still not understanding each others thought process and why they are driven in the way they see the world or community. Certainly a relationship not built on love or trust but that makes it a more intresting read. Just occasionally there is a hint of understanding a moment of something deeper on the fringes of their subconscious. Looking forward t ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has been one of my favorite of all the Cooper and Fry mysteries so far. I love how Mr. Booth evokes the sense of place and time so well in all his books. This one will surely have any reader shivering from the cold. I really couldn't see how all the story threads, the naked body the snow plow turned up, the woman dying in the snow, the missing airman from WWII, and the various cases of muggings in the town, would ever be tied together. I like this one a lot. I look forward to the next one.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. So far, I'm not liking Fry. I don't think she's a good policewoman. I don't think she's a nice person. I think she's arrogant. Cooper, on the other hand, I think I like. He seems to me to be a good copper and a nice person. The complete opposite to Fry. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First read of this author. Fantastic storyline and great descriptions of the Peak District in England. Would recommend you read the first two books before this. Although it is a stand alone story the long term characters have a history and it would be nice to read these books in order. Two frozen bodies are found separately but are they connected in some way?
LJ Eames
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, interesting story line, lots of detail (almost too much).
Very wide spread, yet intricate plot, cleverly brought together in the end.
Not a lot of action.
The women characters are a bit one dimensional.
Diane Fry, the main character's superior is so annoying as to be idiotic.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, crime
A complicated plot that remained so until the last few pages. Cooper and Fry are interesting characters. The traditional gender roles are switched, with Ben Cooper acting on the basis of intuition and Diane Fry following the book.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, mystery
Interesting story. Lots of twists and turns up until the last few pages.
The relationship between Cooper and Fry is annoying, frankly taking away from a story with an interesting (if slightly far-fetched) plot line. Cooper is too much of a pushover and Fry too judgmental and harsh to be quite realistic. Also, some of the characters were not entirely credible from a psychological perspective. What parent wouldn’t be terrified if his or her grown son disappeared and then an unidentified man of about the same age is discovered dead nearby? Yet the parents in this book s ...more
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Ben Cooper & Diane Fry (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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