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 ne...more
Ben Cooper and Diane Fry are detectives on the case and they won't stop until they solve it.
This is the 17thbook of the series and even though I didn't read any of the others in this series, I felt that I learned enough about them to read it as a standalone.
Thank you to Edelweiss for the book to rev ...more
I really liked it. I got into Ben and wanted to know more about him. I like how the case was intertwined in another case. I am not a big police mystery reader so this was fun for me. Ben seemed like a decent guy and someone you would easily want to work with. Fry, on the other hand, was a b**ch. I did not like this woman at all. In fact, they could have removed her and the book would have been better. She did not add anything to the story but misery. Like who wants to be in this woman ...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
I have always enjoyed the conflict yet successful working partnership between Cooper & Fry but once again this story sees them working independently, & in different areas to each other. However, circumstances are such that a connection is found between their cases...& a very tenuous one IMHO. In truth I found both crime stories a bit of ...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 copy o ...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
Unfortunately, this feels like a series that has run its course and should b ...more
I have read one other book in the series, though can't remember the title and found the same lackluster writing.
If those opening lines don't chill you to the bone, I don't know what will. They kick off DEAD IN THE DARK, the 17th Cooper & Fry mystery from British author Stephen Booth. Being “in the dark” is a running motif throughout the story. You have detectives completely in the dark with murder cases that confound them, such as missing bodies and lack of clues. There is also a very creepy ...more
Booth continues his in-depth travelogues of the Peak District. I see this desire to describe everything around the characters in many books set in England and they always slow the pacing of the book to a crawl – or slower.
In the earlier books, Cooper and Fry worked side by side and their clashes as they tried to solve crimes ...more
Stephen Booth writes a very good police procedural novel and his stories always have a good plot. When a man who was suspected ten years ago of murdering his wife disappears, Ben Cooper wonders if the two events are connected. Reece Bower’s wife’s body was never found an ...more
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’ Association prese ...more