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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, DC 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: SECRETS OF DEATH

Stephen Booth - The 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?


THE CORPSE BRIDGE

The old Corpse Bridge is the route taken for centuries by mourners from villages on the western fringes of Derbyshire to a burial ground across the River Dove, now absorbed into the landscaped parkland of a stately home called Knowle Abbey.
When Earl Manby, the landowner, announces plans to deconsecrate the burial ground to turn it into a car park for his holiday cottages, bodies begin to appear once again on the road to the Corpse Bridge. Is there a connection with the Earl's plans? Or worse, is there a terrifying serial killer at work?
Back in his job after the traumatic events of previous months, Detective Sergeant Ben Cooper knows that he must unravel the mystery of the Corpse Bridge if he's going to be able to move on with his life.
As the pressure builds, Ben doesn't know who he can trust and, when the case reaches breaking point, he has to make a call that could put everything - and everyone - at risk...

ALREADY DEAD

It's a wet summer in the Peak District, and the officers of Derbyshire's E Division have a problem. A body is discovered lying in shallow water after torrential rain has swollen the rivers and flooded the roads, making travel difficult and forensic examination impossible.

And that's not their only trouble. The loss of Detective Sergeant Ben Cooper, on extended leave since a traumatic incident in an arson attack, has left a serious gap in E Division's resources. With DS Diane Fry a reluctant temporary replacement, and DC Gavin Murfin a disruptive influence with his retirement and a Caribbean cruise beckoning, it's no wonder that young DCs Luke Irvine and Becky Hurst are feeling rebellious.

But their makeshift team is about to be tested to the limit. The fatal events of one damp August night are likely to stay shrouded in mystery if they can’t track down a car glimpsed only as a dark outline in the rain. And then there's the victim... could he really have nothing in his life to suggest a motive for murder? Did some unknown connection lead to Glen Turner being found naked and drowned in a stream? Or was this just some random killing?

As the rain turns into a deluge and shuts more of Derbyshire's byways, loyalties among the officers of E Division will be put under strain. Because some of them have an even bigger question pressing on their minds right now – where on earth is Ben Cooper?

Bibliography:

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. 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. 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. Blind to the Bones (HarperCollins 2003), US editions by Scribner and Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Sweden. One Last Breath (HarperCollins 2005), US editions by Bantam and Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Finland, Germany, Portugal, Sweden. The Dead Place (HarperCollins 2006), US editions by Bantam and Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Finland, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Sweden. Scared to Live (HarperCollins 2007), US editions by Bantam and Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Bulgaria, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Sweden. Dying to Sin (HarperCollins 2007), US edition by Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Germany, Portugal, Sweden. The Kill Call (HarperCollins 2009), US edition by Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Portugal, Sweden. Lost River (HarperCollins 2010), 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. Dead and Buried (Little, Brown 2012), 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. The Corpse Bridge (Little, Brown 2014), US edition by Witness Impulse, foreign language editions in Sweden and Finland. The Murder Road (Little, Brown 2015), US edition by Witness Impulse, foreign language edition in Sweden. Secrets of Death (Little, Brown 2016), US edition by Witness Impulse.