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Stephen Booth

Stephen Booth Stephen Booth is a former newspaper journalist. Born in Lancashire, he was educated at Arnold School and Birmingham City University before beginning a career in journalism which lasted 27 years. He is the author of a series of crime thrillers featuring two young Derbyshire police detectives, DI Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, all set in England's Peak District. The books have won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, and are translated into 16 languages. Stephen has been shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger award for best crime novel, and has twice been a finalist for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year Award. In 2003, the CWA presented him with the Dagger in the Library Award for "the author whose books have given readers most pleasure." In the USA, Stephen has won two Barry awards for Best British Crime Novel, and was nominated for an Anthony Award for best first mystery. DC Cooper has also been a finalist for the Sherlock Award for the best detective created by a British author.
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Latest book: FALL DOWN DEAD

Stephen Booth - Fall Down Dead When a party of walkers have to be rescued from the treacherous, mist-shrouded moorlands of the Peak District’s highest mountain, one of their members is discovered to be missing.
A search finds her body lying at the foot of a rock known as Dead Woman’s Drop. But how did she become separated from the rest of her party, and was she alone when she died?
In an effort to uncover the truth behind the events of that day, Detective Inspector Ben Cooper and his team travel to the Derbyshire village of Hayfield to explore the complex and troubled relationships between members of the walking group.
But Cooper’s inquiries are interrupted when he’s summoned to give evidence in an investigation by Derbyshire Constabulary’s Professional Standards Department. Serious allegations have been made against his former colleague Detective Sergeant Diane Fry, and incidents from her past are about to be raked up and put under the microscope. It seems that DS Fry could be about to lose or job. But is she guilty of the allegations, or is someone trying to frame her?
In both cases, the question for Ben Cooper is the same – did she fall, or was she pushed?

DEAD IN THE DARK

It’s hard to prove a murder without a body. Ten years ago, Reece Bower was cleared of killing his wife, a crime he always denied despite the circumstantial evidence against him. Extensive searches by police near his home in the Peak District town of Bakewell found no trace of Annette Bower’s remains. And when two witnesses came forward to say they’d seen her alive and well days after she was supposed to have died, the case against her husband collapsed.
But memories of the original case have been brought back for Detective Inspector Ben Cooper of Derbyshire Constabulary. Because Reece Bower himself has disappeared, and his new wife wants answers. Cooper has always had his own theories about Bower’s guilt. But where is Bower now?
As a new search moves into the caves and abandoned mine workings in the isolated depths of Lathkilldale, the big question is who might have come back to revenge the death of Annette Bower ten years later? A shake-up of police structure in Derbyshire has left Cooper without the guidance from his old boss, Detective Superintendent Branagh. Can he call on assistance from the East Midlands Major Crime Unit and DS Diane Fry? Only if he can establish there’s been a murder. And without even one of the bodies, that’s just become more difficult to prove.
Meanwhile, Fry is involved in a case in a different part of Derbyshire, where tensions between communities threaten to explode into violence. It’s on the verge of autumn in the dales of the White Peak, and a change in the weather heralds changes in Ben Cooper’s life that he might not have seen coming…

SECRETS OF DEATH

It’s a beautiful place to die . . .
Residents of the Peak District are used to tourists descending on its soaring hills and brooding valleys. However, this summer brings a different kind of visitor to the idyllic landscape, leaving behind bodies and secrets.
A series of suicides throughout the Peaks throws Detective Inspector Ben Cooper and his team in Derbyshire's E Division into a race against time to find a connection to these seemingly random acts - with no way of predicting where the next body will turn up. Meanwhile, in Nottingham Detective Sergeant Diane Fry finds a key witness has vanished...
But what are the mysterious Secrets of Death? And is there one victim whose fate wasn't suicide at all?

THE MURDER ROAD

THE MURDER ROAD explores the consequences on a tiny Peak District community when a lorry which becomes jammed under a railway bridge is found to have a blood-stained cab and a missing driver.
For residents in the hamlet of Shawhead, there's only one way in and one way out. And some of them may never go out at all.
Detective Inspector Ben Cooper is on the scene with his team from Derbyshire E Division. But the one person who may hold the answers to the mystery is found hanging from a walkway high over the river in the nearby town of New Mills.
With the arrival of a new sergeant, Cooper is unsure of his position in E Division. So who will he turn to when his case takes a dramatic turn?


Bibliography:

Fall Down Dead (Little, Brown 2018), US edition by Witness Impulse. Dead in the Dark (Little, Brown 2017), US edition by Witness Impulse, foreign language edition in Sweden. Secrets of Death (Little, Brown 2016), US edition by Witness Impulse, foreign language edition in Sweden. The Murder Road (Little, Brown 2015), US edition by Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Sweden and Finland. The Corpse Bridge (Little, Brown 2014), US edition by Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Sweden and Finland. Already Dead (Little, Brown 2013), US edition by Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Sweden and Finland. Dead and Buried (Little, Brown 2012), US edition by Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Sweden and Finland. The Devil's Edge (Little, Brown 2011), US edition by Witness Impulse, foreign language edition in Sweden. Lost River (HarperCollins 2010), US edition by Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Sweden and Finland. The Kill Call (HarperCollins 2009), US edition by Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Portugal, Sweden. Dying to Sin (HarperCollins 2007), US edition by Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Germany, Portugal, Sweden. Scared to Live (HarperCollins 2007), US editions by Bantam and Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Bulgaria, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Romania, Sweden. The Dead Place (HarperCollins 2006), US editions by Bantam and Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Finland, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Sweden. One Last Breath (HarperCollins 2005), US editions by Bantam and Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Finland, Germany, Portugal, Sweden. Blind to the Bones (HarperCollins 2003), US editions by Scribner and Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Sweden. Blood on the Tongue (HarperCollins 2002), US editions by Scribner and Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden. Dancing with the Virgins (HarperCollins 2001), US editions by Scribner and Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden. Black Dog (HarperCollins 2000), US editions by Scribner and Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Sweden