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I skydd av mörkret

(Ben Cooper & Diane Fry #7)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,358 ratings  ·  93 reviews
En till synes vanlig husbrand får tragiska konsekvenser: en kvinna och två barn döda. En äldre kvinna som lever ett tillbakadraget liv i en stillsam by i närheten hittas skjuten. Vad ligger bakom dödsfallet som mer eller mindre liknar en regelrätt avrättning?

Derbyshirepolisen nystar i varsin ända och till sist inser man att de båda fallen kan ha ett samband.För att finna s
Hardcover, 449 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Minotuar (first published June 5th 2006)
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Colin Mitchell
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Typical of this series the first 12 chapters introduce a plethora of characters to the extent that it is difficult to keep up with them and then the investigation proceeds with a number of obvious questions unanswered ie where did Rose Shepherd get an income, what is the provenance of the Bulgarian detective and others. Sgt. Fry is determined that the husband set the house fire and does not consider the evidence already given, very frustrating especially as the book the darts to an end again lea ...more
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diane Fry is a tough nut to crack, or, for me, even like much but, given her complicated history, she certainly earned my respect. Ben Cooper. more approachable but with his own issues, balances Diane in an odd way. There are more people with crazy baggage in this complicated and well written tale than you could shake a stick at but be careful at whom you shake that stick. Nope, I never saw that conclusion coming. # 7 in this series begs me to read the rest, and, simply to draw a smile from the ...more
Nov 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: British Mystery Fans
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Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction, 2012
After reading mysteries of varying quality by writers unknown to me, it was a pleasure -- a comforting, familiar pleasure -- to pick up where I had left off in Stephen Booth's Cooper and Fry series several months ago. I devoured it.

Then I lay back, somnolent from total satiation. That can be the only reason I took so long to write this review, for the book is good. In the previous books in this series, there had been much about Fry's or Cooper's personal stories woven throughout the mysteries, w
Sep 12, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
Although I enjoyed this latest in the Cooper and Fry series, and will be awaiting the next quite eagerly, I found Scared to Live a bit disappointing. Perhaps it's because I figured out the Big Surprise at the end of the book several chapters in advance. The book deals with the murder of a mysterious, reclusive woman, to which Cooper is assigned, and also with the arson death of a woman and two children, which Fry investigates. Not surprisingly, the cases turn out to be related, and both have a ...more
Paul Trembling
The thing I most liked about this book was the setting - areas of Derbyshire that I know fairly well and which are well described. The Police procedure was authentic as well, and overall the plot was well worked out.

However, it fell down a bit on the details, especially in regard to the forensics. It's perhaps because I know too much about the subject, but I'm disappointed to find a crucial plot point hung on an unlikely forensic recovery. I won't go into the details, not wishing to spoil it for
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This book was OK. There was a good plot, but it was revealed in an incoherent way, I felt. Why, for example, did we have a car exploded in the main street? It seems to have been just a distraction. I also found the detectives mannerisms a little intrusive. Perhaps if I had read the previous books in the series, it might have helped with that, but as often happens, I jumped in to a series in the middle. I also felt that the eventual killers were not totally plausible…. I don't see me reading the ...more
Nick Duretta
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two separate murder incidents occur within a week of one another in the quiet English Peak District backcountry. Are they connected? This is the second Booth police procedural I've read and it's every bit as good as the first. The characters are extremely well-drawn, the setting vividly rendered, and the police appropriately fallable. They go down many blind alleys before arriving at the solution. This is a mystery to get lost in until the satisfying (and surprising) conclusion.
This British police procedural has always been better than average, but this latest entry became a little tedious in the middle. It needs better pacing.
Natalie Veart
long winded and unnecessarily convaluted. this one was a struggle.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2018, kindle
I attended a very enjoyable talk by Stephen Booth and was inspired to read this book by his comments on writing a thriller. I inadvertently started with no 7 in the series and was quite disappointed. I don't know if it's because you need to read the series in order but I found this too long with extraneous detail that could have been removed with no loss to the enjoyment of the work. I also found the two main characters thinly sketched, not feeling that I knew them very well as people by the end ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this author's books but for some reason this one didn't quite make the list of a great read. The storylines were good but there seemed to be something missing. I would still recommend if you are reading the series to keep up with the personal stories.
Rogue Reader
Small rural town in England, you'd think it would be the worst possible place to hide from the world and it is. Easily found, and just as easily killed. Why? and are the other deaths connected? Nice work around setting - ruins, rehabs and restorations of historic properties and structures.
Alan Welch
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read.
Yves Lefevre
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent plot. Interesting characters (although one of them is a bit of a caricature).
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted here.

You can start reading the series with this book, but I really think you should first get to know the characters through the first book, Black Dog. Scared to Live is not really fast paced, but it is definitely thrilling. There are twists and turns and unexpected outcomes, but they are not all there is. The book is set in the fictional Peak District town of Edendale and are filled with picturesque descriptions of the countryside. It revolves around the lives of two Derbyshir
Tony Johnston
Nov 02, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I have a sore back and was in bed for a day yesterday.

I don't regret reading it but I think it is only fair to warn people that this was possibly the most unrealistic crime novel plot I have ever come across. I say fair but that makes me sound altruistic: the real reason is that I am still slightly sore and have nothing much to do so I did this review. Otherwise I would have just put this aside as "experience learned, sore back day over, forget that awful plot".

And I do
After being slightly disappointed with the previous installment in the series, I liked this one better: where The Dead Place was somewhat muddled and indecisive about where it wanted to go, Scared to Live is firmly focused on the mystery, with the personal life of Cooper and Fry taking place mostly in the novel's background. Which, paradoxically, leads to more time spend with some - I think of all the seven novels so far, this one is the one with the least points of view, the narrative strayin ...more
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#7 Ben Cooper/Diane Fry police procedural mystery set in the Peak District of the UK. Two major cases are plaguing the local cop shop--a house fire that killed a mother and her two children, determined later to be arson, and thus murder, and the professional-style killing of a sixty-ish reclusive woman in a small neighboring village.

No one really knew Rose Shepherd, as she'd moved in just 10 months previously and 'kept herself to herself' as they say. Her history and paper trail was very brief,
The murder of a reclusive woman and the death of a mother and two children in a fire form the core of this seventh entry in this series.

There were several turns – they weren’t abrupt enough or surprising enough to qualify as twists – that kept the story interesting. One of them I suspected (at least in part) before it appeared, one I didn’t.

I was a bit disappointed in this book. While reading, I found myself asking, “Why didn’t you ask this question earlier?” on several occasions. It seemed as i
More like 3.5 stars
Stephen Booth's Cooper & Fry mysteries are uneven; some I've liked a lot, some not so much. I liked Scared to Live better than the last one I read, partly because Fry, always difficult, is less waspish and irascible in this one. Cooper, as always, provides the calm and empathetic element, but he has some concerns of his own.

The murder of Rose Shepherd, a recluse, and a house fire that kills a mother and two of her young children initially have no connection. Eventually, ho
Ian Mapp
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Clare O'Beara
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-crime
The Peak District discovers that crime is now international. Two unrelated cases - an arson killing a mother and two boys, and a shooting of a reclusive woman - turn out to have common roots in Bulgaria.

First the local investigations have to be carried out, with a grief-stricken husband coming under suspicion and a lonely woman's wanderings being retraced. Detectives Fry and Cooper have less personal time than usual but they each meditate on change. Ben Cooper sees the farmers being forced out
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#7 in Stephen Booth's Cooper and Fry series set in the Peak District of England. This is a wondrous series and I'm catching up on the books I've missed. We read/discussed the first in the series, Black Dog, many years back with the Mystery Book Group. Fabulous beginning to the series.

I'm a bit more than half way through and I'm really enjoying it a lot. This is a twisty plot with a lot of pieces in motion. Of course Stephen has all of them under control so I'm just enjoying the ride. What a grea
S. Lynham
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Booth is another of those British authors who have a series of books with the same police officers in them and his are always a treat to read. I was sure that I had read more than one of his books during my 2015 reading challenge but it appears that I have only read "Dancing with the Virgins".

This is #7 in the Cooper and Fry series and it was great entertainment. He has a way of telling a story that I really enjoy and the endings are never what you really would expect. I am now on the hunt for
Jill Hutchinson
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another in the Fry/Cooper police series set in the Peak District and it is just as interesting and complex as those that have gone before it. A reclusive woman is shot dead through the window of her home and the police can't find anything of a personal nature about the victim except her name....she talked to no one, she didn't leave the house, and she was a mystery to her neighbors. No motive is apparent. Meanwhile across town, a fire destroys a house and kills a young mother and two of her thre ...more
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read the Ben Cooper/Diane Fry books in order so far. Some I really liked and some I liked. The characters are interesting and well-developed but seem either too slow moving on or incapable of getting out of a very old rut. The two depend on each other almost for existence, and yet, their relationship is fraught with land mines....usually ones Diane has hidden and Ben trods on. This story has almost too many twists and turns. A reader of mysteries loves puzzles but sometimes there are just ...more
Suspense Magazine
“Scared to Live” is the seventh in a series of crime novels by Steven Booth, following detectives Diane Fry and Ben Cooper. This is my first time reading the series and I found Sergeant Fry and Cooper to be an enjoyable team to follow. The story however falls flat with an overabundance of imagery, creating page after page of detail on something you don’t even care about. The story itself is far fetched, and with each page the story becomes more absurd. I wanted to like this book, the characters ...more
Judith Stewart
Three separate murders and a potentially suspicious death. Add to that a baby adopted illegally from Bulgaria and what do you get? A very well written book as usual but a host of red herrings that weren't all explained. Throw in the role of the Bulgarian police office, the father of one of the murder victims and the coincidentally murderous neighbour and it was all a but much for me. I would like to enjoy this series more but I'm flagging a bit. After seven novels DS Diane Fry remains unlikeable ...more
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Cooper and Fry I have read and I hope it won't be the last. It has a great sense of place - I vaguely know the Cromford/Matlock area. The old Arkwright mill at the former which features in the book always struck me as a very gloomy place! The opening premise of the recluse being shot dead and the police having no way of identifying her is interesting. There is a second thread about a family killed in a suspicious house fire and the way these two threads slowly come together is ...more
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Stephen Booth is the author of 18 novels in the Cooper & Fry series, all set around England's Peak District, and a standalone novel DROWNED LIVES, published in August 2019.

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 Best Detective created by a British author. The Crime Writers’ Associati

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Ben Cooper & Diane Fry (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Black Dog (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #1)
  • 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)
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  • Lost River (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #10)
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