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Scared To Live (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry #7)

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With One Last Breath and The Dead Place, Stephen Booth has taken his place both among “the elite British crime writers†and as a master of psychological suspense. Now Detective Constable Ben Cooper and Detective Sergeant Diane Fry must uncover the secrets of two grim murder scenes in England’s Peak District—one inexplicable…and the other unspeakable.

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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by Bantam (first published June 5th 2006)
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Colin Mitchell
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
Nov 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: British Mystery Fans
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Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Den här sjunde delen kan nog vara den med den tunnaste historien, av olika skäl som jag egentligen inte kan gå in på i detalj utan att avslöja för mycket. Men om man inte bryr sig om sådana petitesser så är den lika bra som de andra. Läs mer på min blogg
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.
Natalie Veart
long winded and unnecessarily convaluted. this one was a struggle.
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.
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Madison Mega-Mara...: Scared To Live by Stephen Booth 1 3 Nov 11, 2012 07:37AM  
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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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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)
  • Dying to Sin (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #8)
  • The Kill Call (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #9)
  • Lost River (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #10)
  • The Devil's Edge (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #11)