Dead in the Dark: A Cooper Fry Mystery
M aster crime writer Stephen Booth ventures into the Peak District's dark subterranean world for a brand new, stunning and gasp-inducing Cooper & Fry thriller.
'A modern master'
How do you prove a murder without a body?
Ten years ago, Reece Bower was accused of killing his wife, a crime he always denied. Extensive police searches near his home in Bakewell...more
It is a while and a few books back since I last dipped into this series so there are a few changes. Ben Cooper is now a detective inspector and still in Edendale. Diane Fry is still a sergeant but now works for EMSOU which I think is the East Midlands Serious Crime Squad based in Nottingham.
Ben has his work cut out w ...more
Booth loves his research and as usual there's plenty of it here, both up to the minute and historical/geological. We're in Lathkilldale in the White Peak, old mines replaced by nature and we're in Shirebrook on the border with Nottinghamshire, old mines (and miners) replaced by migrant workers and [unnamed] Mick Ashley's Sports Direct warehouse. As usual too there's a bit too much shoehorned in, with superfluous ...more
Dead in the Dark is the 17th book in the Cooper and Fry series. They are not in the same division anymore but they do have some story overlap. I kind of miss them working together because Ben Cooper’s nice manner and incredible local knowledge was such a good foil to Diane Fry’s street smart tough guy attitude. I am not sure I’d recommend this one as a stand-alone. With 16 books worth of personal and professi ...more
At the same time Diane Fry has moved on yet finds herself investigating the death of a Polish immigrant and some human trafficking cases. Although ...more
What I liked best about this novel was the setting. I liked learning about the caves and previous mining in the Peak Distr ...more
I’m also not a fan of the new love interest for no other reason than the character is a bit too much of a co ...more
Anyway, according to Goodreads this is the seventeenth book in a series, ...more
This story is told through the eyes of several people. I think that the characters are developed in an interesting way.
This helps to create a novel which slowly unfolds. It deals with two crimes which are separated in time by a decade.
I liked the writing style and the use of real geographical locations.
I also like the way modern soci ...more
The advantage of reading a series is the personal soap operas going on in the background.
Carol or Chloe for Ben?
What IS the matter with Diane! And her sister?..
Well done, with two interlinked plots. Ben has a new almost-girlfriend. His sister has a lump in her breast. And several murders get solved.
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 ...more