Stephen Booth is a multiple award-winning British crime writer, the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who have appeared in 13 novels, all set in England's beautiful and atmospheric Peak District. Stephen has been a Gold Dagger finalist, an Anthony Award nominee, twice winner of a Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel, and twice shortlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year. DC Cooper reached the finals of the Sherlock Award for the best detective created by a British author, and in 2003 the Crime Writers' Association presented Stephen with the Dagger in the Library for "the author whose books have given readers the most pleasure". The Cooper & Fry series is published all around the world, and has been translated into 15 languages. The latest title is ALREADY DEAD, published in 2013.
A former newspaper journalist, Stephen was born in Lancashire in the North of England and now lives in Nottinghamshire, near Robin Hood Country, with his wife, three cats and one goat.
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One Last Breath
The caverns beneath England's Peak District are a major tourist attraction - but this summer a convicted killer is mingling with visitors, bent on revenge. Derbyshire detectives Diane Fry and Ben Cooper are trying to anticipate the fugitive's next move. But the case is about to become much more personal for Cooper. The 5th novel in the award-winning Cooper and Fry series, a bestseller in the UK.
Blood on the Tongue
Guilt, sacrifice and redemption in a freezing Peak District winter. As if three bodies isn't enough, snow has left half of Derbyshire's E Division out of action, and DC Ben Cooper is on a cold trail of his own. In 1945 an RAF bomber crashed on Irontongue Hill, killing everyone but the pilot. But does a vicious attack in a dark Edendale back street prove the trail isn't quite so cold as he thought?
Blind to the Bones
The 4th novel in the award-winning Cooper & Fry series, set in England's beautiful and atmospheric Peak District. A death in rural family-from-hell the Oxleys brings Derbyshire detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry to the remote and unfriendly community of Withens. Re-opening the case of a student missing for the past two years reveals more dark secrets in Withens - and more violence yet to come.
Scared to Live
An assassination in the night, the victim a harmless middle-aged woman. Can she be as innocent as she seems? Rose Shepherd's death raises many questions – unlike the family killed in a tragic house fire. But DS Diane Fry finds a link that crosses borders between nations, and between right and wrong. She and DC Ben Cooper discover why some people are scared to live, and others are fated to die.
The Dead Place
Bones where there should be none and a chilling warning challenge detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry. While Fry is sure there's a murderer at work and it may be too late, Cooper is investigating a case of body snatching, entering the world of those whose lives revolve around death. Does an obsession with death make for a killer? And what horrors await when they finally find the dead place?
Dying to Sin
A crime thriller from the award-winning Cooper and Fry series, set in England's Peak District. Building work at an isolated farm unearths two human bodies, seemingly buried years apart. With little forensic evidence, Derbyshire detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry have to look into the farm's tragic history. Do the answers lie in the past - or still buried in the ground, waiting to be discovered?
The Kill Call
A crime thriller from the award-winning Cooper & Fry series, set in England's Peak District.
When hounds from the local foxhunt find a dead body on the moors, Derbyshire detectives Diane Fry and Ben Cooper become entangled in the world of hunt saboteurs and horse theft. For Cooper, the story of the 'plague village' of Eyam connects to a disturbing reality from the much more recent past.
A bestseller from the award-winning Cooper & Fry series.
A holiday weekend in England's Peak District is ruined by the tragic drowning of an eight-year-old girl. While Derbyshire detective DC Ben Cooper becomes involved in the lives of the dead girl's family, DS Diane Fry is travelling back to her roots in the city of Birmingham. And she realises there's only one man whose help she needs...
Dancing with the Virgins
An award-winning psychological thriller, the sequel to Stephen Booth's debut BLACK DOG, which introduced young Derbyshire police detectives DC Ben Cooper & DS Diane Fry.
In England's Peak District stand the Nine Virgins, a ring of stones overshadowed by a dark legend. As winter closes in, a 10th figure is added to the circle - the body of Jenny Weston, her limbs arranged as if she is dancing.
A long, hot summer in England's Peak District comes to an end when the body of missing teenager Laura Vernon is found. For young police detective DC Ben Cooper, the work has just begun. His community is hiding a girl's killer, and a past as dark as the Derbyshire night.
"Dark, intense and utterly compelling", Black Dog is a winner of the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel of the Year.
By Stephen Booth
Published: December 2, 2011.
An irreverent crime story set in the coalfield villages of 1990s Nottinghamshire, England, told in a unique voice, with a cast of extraordinary characters. From an award-winning British author, 'Top Hard' was a finalist for the Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger Award in 1998.
By Stephen Booth
Published: May 24, 2011.
On the wild moors of England's Peak District, a ruthless conflict has been raging for years. Young Derbyshire police detective DC Ben Cooper finds himself in the middle of the conflict, without quite being sure whose side he's on. The predators come in all shapes and sizes - and in this battle, not all the victims are human... A short novella from award winning British crime writer Stephen Booth.
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