FOR GENERAL RIGHTS ENQUIRIES, email Teresa Chris
at the Teresa Chris Literary Agency, 43 Musard Road, London W6 8NR.
or phone: 0207 386 0633 (from outside the UK: +44 207 386 0633)

 FOR TV & FILM RIGHTS, email Charlotte Knight 
at the Knight Hall Agency,
7 Mallow Street, London EC1Y 8RQ.
or phone: 0207 079 7987 (from outside the UK: + 44 207 079 7987)


The Cooper & Fry series so far:

1. BLACK DOG

2. DANCING WITH THE VIRGINS

3. BLOOD ON THE TONGUE

4. BLIND TO THE BONES

5. ONE LAST BREATH

6. THE DEAD PLACE

7. SCARED TO LIVE

8. DYING TO SIN

9. THE KILL CALL

10. LOST RIVER

11. THE DEVIL'S EDGE

12. DEAD AND BURIED

13. ALREADY DEAD

14. THE CORPSE BRIDGE

 


 

BLACK DOG 

It's a long, hot summer in the Peak District, but the blue skies are darkened by police helicopters and the sound of birdsong is drowned out by the increasing hysteria of a full-scale search operation for a missing teenage girl. Laura Vernon is smart, sexy and the keeper of many secrets, but now she's lying dead in a thicket in the heart of the country.

The first outing for Derbyshire detective duo Ben Cooper and Diane Fry, and the beginnings of a complex relationship.

"Black Dog sinks its teeth into you and doesn't let you go. A dark star is born!" - Reginald Hill 

"Classic, contemporary - and haunting." - Otto Penzler, Mysterious Bookshop, New York

  More about Black Dog                      What the reviewers say

BLACK DOG is published in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand by HarperCollins         Buy the UK edition now

Also available: 
- in the USA in ebook and paperback formats from Witness Impulse
- in Germany from Goldmann as KÜHLER GRUND
- in France from Le Masque and Livres de Poche as BLACK DOG
- in The Netherlands from De Boekerij as ZWARTE HOND
- in Italy from Mondadori as IL MALE OSCURO
- in Sweden from Minotaur as SVARTA HUNDEN
- in Finland from Blue Moon Books as MUSTA KOIRA
- in Denmark from Klim as SORT LUNE
- in the Czech Republic from BB Art as Černý pes
- in Norway from Vigmostad & Bjorke as Djevel-hunden
- in Romania from RAO International as CAINELE NEGRU
- in Japan from Tokyo Sogen-sha as
黒い犬  創元推理文庫
- in unabridged audio and large print in the UK from Clipper Audio
- in unabridged audio in the USA from Recorded Books


WINNER of the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel in 2001
FINALIST for the Anthony Award for Best First Mystery Novel
WINNER of a Bloody Dagger Award for Best Mystery Novel
RUNNER-UP in the Reviewers' Choice Awards for Best First Mystery
NAMED one of the best six crime novels of 2000 by the London Evening Standard
A TOP 25 UK paperback fiction debut
AN Amazon.com Hot 100 bestseller in the USA

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DANCING WITH THE VIRGINS

In a remote part of the Peak District stand the Nine Virgins, a ring of stones overshadowed by a dark legend. Now, as winter closes in, a tenth figure is added to the circle when the body of Jenny Weston is discovered, her limbs arranged so that she appears to be dancing.

Against the dramatic backdrop of the White Peak, Ben Cooper and Diane Fry struggle to make sense of a murder that seems motiveless. But the moors have witnessed more bloodshed than either realises, and violence is to beget more violence before the answer is found.

"Terrific... an atmospheric, psychological stunner." - The Bookseller

"Convoluted, suspenseful, and supremely engaging." - Los Angeles Times

  More about Dancing with the Virgins                        Read the first chapter

DANCING WITH THE VIRGINS is published in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand by HarperCollins       

  Buy the UK edition now

Also available: 
- in the USA in ebook and paperback formats from Witness Impulse
- in Germany from Goldmann as DIE SCHWARZE HAND DES TODES
- in France from Le Masque/Livres de Poche as PEAK PARK
- in The Netherlands from De Boekerij as DE TIENDE MAAGD
- in Italy from Mondadori as NOVE VERGINI DI PIETRA
- in Sweden from Minotaur as JUNGFRUDANSEN
- in Finland from Blue Moon Books as NEITSEIDEN TANSSI
- in Denmark from Klim as DE NI JOMFRUER
- in Japan from Tokyo Sogensha
- in the Czech Republic from BB Art as Desátá panna
- in Russia from Azbooka as Танцуя с девственницами
- in Norway from Vigmostad & Bjorke as JOMFRUDANSEN
- in unabridged audio in the UK from Soundings


WINNER of the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel in 2002
FINALIST for the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel
NAMED Best Crime Fiction of 2001 by The Independent
A NUMBER 3 crime and mystery bestseller for Amazon.co.uk
A NUMBER 5 bestseller for the independent booksellers of Canada

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BLOOD ON THE TONGUE

In the icy depths of a Peak District winter, DS Diane Fry finds herself with three dead bodies on her hands. It's all too much for the depleted manpower of E Division to cope with, and Fry needs all the help she can get. But DC Ben Cooper is following a cold trail of his own - and they don't come any colder than this one. On the snow-covered moors lies the burnt-out wreckage of a World War Two bomber, in which all but one crewman died. 

What does the area's close-knit Polish community know about the long-ago crash? And could wartime secrets provide the key to an outbreak of present-day violence?

"Atmospheric intensity, living landscape, strong central characterisation, all put at the service of a powerful, well plotted story." - Reginald Hill

  More about Blood on the Tongue                        Read the first chapter

BLOOD ON THE TONGUE is published in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand by HarperCollins      

  Buy the UK edition now

Also available: 
- in the USA in ebook and paperback formats from Witness Impulse
- in Germany from Goldmann as KALTES GRAB
- in France from Le Masque/Livres de Poche as L'AIGLE SANGLANT
- in Italy from Mondadori as IL PASSO DEL SERPENTE
- in Sweden from Minotaur as ISKALLT SPÅR
- in Finland from Blue Moon Books as JÄÄKYLMÄT JÄLJET
- in Denmark from Klim as JERN TUNGEN
- in the Czech Republic from BB Art as Krev na jazyku
- in unabridged audio and large print in the UK from Clipper Audio
- in a special limited edition from Scorpion Press

 
FINALIST
for the 2003 Sherlock Award for Best Detective created by a British author (for DC Ben Cooper)
FINALIST for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award
NAMED one of the Best Mysteries of the Year by Publishers Weekly in the USA
FINALIST for the Dorothy Parker Awards for Excellence
FINALIST for a Bloody Dagger Award for
Best Mystery Novel
A TOP 10 paperback bestseller for Ottakars’ bookshops in the UK
AN Amazon.co.uk Hot 100 bestseller
A NUMBER 7 crime fiction bestseller in Sweden

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BLIND TO THE BONES

Amid the desolate moors of the Dark Peak, the villagers of Withens are dying. One has been battered to death and left for the crows to find; another chose the wrong time to call on a neighbour. And one has been dead for two years - though not everyone will believe it. 

DC Ben Cooper's attempts to solve the killings come up against an impenetrable barrier in the shape of the Oxley family. And as far as the parents of missing student Emma Renshaw are concerned, their daughter is still alive -- which doesn't help DS Diane Fry in her efforts to re-open the case. Will a grim discovery finally break the Renshaws' grip on reality? 

"Once again, Booth has produced a masterpiece of fiction. If you haven't discovered Stephen Booth yet, you should rectify that immediately." - Phoenix Book Reviews

"There are few, if any, contemporary writers who do this as well as Stephen Booth." - Arena

  More about Blind to the Bones                        Read the first chapter                          Order a signed UK paperback 

BLIND TO THE BONES is published in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand by HarperCollins       

  Buy the UK edition now

Also available: 
- in the USA in ebook and paperback formats from Witness Impulse
- in Sweden from Minotaur as BLINDSPEL
- in Portugal from Europa- América as OSSOS
- in unabridged audio and large print in the UK from Clipper Audio
- in unabridged audio in the USA from Recorded Books
- in Germany from Goldmann as DIE EINSAMEN TOTEN
- in Finland from Blue Moon Books as Ei metsää puilta
- in the Czech Republic from BB Art as SLEPA HROZBA
- in Denmark from Klim as IND TIL BENET

WINNER of the CWA Dagger in the Library Award 2003
NOMINATED for the Theakston's UK Crime Novel of the Year Award 2005
A UK Top 50 bestseller in paperback
NUMBER 1 hardback bestseller for the UK’s leading mystery bookstore, Crime in Store
NUMBER 8 bestseller for the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (USA)
AN Amazon.co.uk Hot 100 bestseller

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ONE LAST BREATH

The vast labyrinth of caverns, passages and subterranean rivers beneath England's Peak District are a major tourist attraction. But this summer not all the darkness is underground, and not all the devils are folk legends. Mingling with the holidaymakers is a convicted killer, bent on revenge. 

As they try to anticipate the fugitive' s next move, detectives Diane Fry and Ben Cooper become increasingly puzzled by the case. Why did Mansell Quinn' s two friends refuse to back up his alibi? And why did nobody visit him in prison for the last ten years of his sentence? Nobody, that is, except one of those two friends: ex-soldier Will Thorpe, now living rough somewhere in the Hope Valley.

The police can do little but warn other potential victims to be on their guard. And as the son of Sergeant Joe Cooper, the officer responsible for putting Quinn behind bars, Ben realizes that his own name could be high on the list...

"Underlines Booth's status as one of our best story-tellers." - Sunday Telegraph

  Read the first chapter                          Order a signed UK paperback 

ONE LAST BREATH is published in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand by HarperCollins       

  Buy the UK edition now

Also available:
- in unabridged audio and large print from Clipper Audio
- in the USA in ebook formats from Witness Impulse
- in Sweden from Minotaur as Ett sista andetag
- in Portugal from Publicações Europa- América as UM Último SUSPIRO
- in Germany from Goldmann as DER RACHE DUNKLE SAAT
- as an ebook from Bantam Dell
- in Finland from Blue Moon Books as Henkays vain


FINALIST for the Theakston's UK Crime Novel of the Year Award 2006
A NUMBER 18 Sunday Times bestseller in UK hardback
A NUMBER 5 paperback bestseller in Canada
CHOSEN for the 'Borrowers Recommend' promotion in March 2005 - "150,000 readers can't be wrong"

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THE DEAD PLACE

Soon there will be a killing. Close your eyes and breathe the aroma. I can smell it right now, can't you? So powerful, so sweet. So irresistible. It's the scent of death…

The anonymous caller who taunts Derbyshire Police seems to be just another hoaxer. But DS Diane Fry has to take him seriously when a woman is snatched from a multi-storey car park. It's possible the chilling voice is telling the truth when it hints at earlier murders and bodies waiting to be found in 'the dead place'. 

DC Ben Cooper, meanwhile, has found a body - or rather, a collection of bones. This comes as a shock to the deceased's family, for Audrey Steele should have left no bones. Eighteen months ago, after dying from natural causes, Audrey was cremated and her ashes scattered in Edendale's memorial gardens.

Their investigations lead Fry and Cooper into the world of those whose lives revolve around death. 

"Stephen Booth leads Cooper and Fry, and reader alike, down a spiral of unbelievable horror and corruption.” The Book Place

  Read the first chapter

THE DEAD PLACE is published in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand by HarperCollins       

  Buy the UK edition now

Also available:
- in the USA in ebook formats from Witness Impulse
- in unabridged audio and large print from Clipper Audio
- in Sweden from Minotaur as DÖDENS PLATS
- in Romania from RAO International as SALASUL MORTII
- in Portugal from Publicações Europa- América as O Lugar Morto
- in Germany from Goldmann as Todesstätte
- in Sweden on audio CD from Bonnier Audio
- as an ebook in English from Bantam Dell
- as an ebook in German from Goldmann

- in Finland from Blue Moon Books as KUOLON PAIKKA

FINALIST for the Theakston's UK Crime Novel of the Year Award 2007

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SCARED TO LIVE

A dark night, an open bedroom window – and three bullets that strike from the darkness. The victim of the shocking assassination is a harmless middle-aged woman, living a reclusive life in a quiet Peak District village. But is she quite so harmless as she seems?

Detective Sergeant Diane Fry knows that innocence is no defence against death. She’s already combing through the blackened wreckage of a family’s life, sifting the tragic possessions of a young mother and two children who lost their lives in a suspicious house fire. Like Rose Shepherd, the Mullens never saw the danger on the night they died. For DS Fry and her colleague DC Ben Cooper, these are just the first pieces in a complex pattern of destruction, the latest deaths in a long trail of killings.

To find the answers they need, Cooper and Fry must take their enquiries far beyond Derbyshire, to the other side of Europe and back. Along the way, Cooper is forced to face up to his own ambivalent feelings about mental illness, and an unexpected complication turns up in Fry’s life – a surprise in the shape of a charismatic Bulgarian police officer, who awakens ambitions she didn’t know she had, and feelings she’d long since buried.

Cooper and Fry are about to step into dangerous and unfamiliar territory, where the criminals they seek could be far away, and yet their influence very close to hand. Death can be everywhere, even lurking among the crowds in the tourist village of Matlock Bath. Soon they might discover some of the reasons people can be scared to live…

  Read the first chapter

SCARED TO LIVE is published in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand by HarperCollins       

  Buy the UK edition now

Also available:
- in unabridged audio and large print from Clipper Audio
- in the USA in ebook formats from Witness Impulse
- in Sweden from Minotaur as I SKYDD AV MÖRKRET
- in Sweden on audio CD from Bonnier Audio
- in Spain from Artime Ediciones as MIEDO A VIVIR
- in Germany from Goldmann as Todesnacht
- in Portugal from Publicações Europa- América as MEDO DE VIVER
- in Bulgaria from Ciela Publishing as Ужасът да живееш ('The Horror of Living')
A NUMBER 18 Sunday Times bestseller in UK hardback

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DYING TO SIN

The atmospheric and terrifying new thriller, featuring Detectives Diane Fry and Ben Cooper.

For decades, Pity Wood Farm has been a source of employment for poor workers passing through Rakedale, migrants with lives as abject as the labour they sought. But now it seems a worse fate may have befallen some of those who came upon this isolated community.

Routine building work at the farm has unearthed a grisly discovery: a human hand preserved in clay. When police dig up the farmyard, they find not one, but two bodies - and several years between their burials.

With pressure from a new superintendent and scant forensic evidence to aid them, DS Fry and DC Cooper have only the memories of local people to piece together the tragic history of the farm. 

In a case as cold as the ground, Cooper finds himself drawn to a desperate theory: that somewhere, there lies a third body which holds the key to these dreadful crimes.

 

  Read the first chapter

DYING TO SIN is published in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand by HarperCollins       

  Buy the UK edition now

Also available:
- in the USA in kindle ebook format from Westlea Books
- in abridged audio and digital download formats in the UK from HarperCollins
- in unabridged audio from Clipper
- in large print from Clipper
- in Sweden from Minotaur as SVART SOM SYNDEN
- in Germany from Goldmann as TODESACKER
- as an ebook in German from Goldmann
- in Portugal from Publicações Europa-América as MORTO POR PECAR

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THE KILL CALL An atmospheric new Fry and Cooper thriller. 

On a rain-swept Derbyshire moor, hounds from the local foxhunt find the body of a well-dressed man whose head has been crushed. Yet an anonymous caller reports the same body lying half a mile away. 

 

Called in to investigate the discovery, detectives DS Diane Fry and DC Ben Cooper become entangled in the violent world of hunting and hunt saboteurs, horse theft and a little-known sector of the meat trade. As Fry follows a complex trail of her own to unravel the shady business interests of the murder victim, Cooper realizes that the answer to the case might lie deep in the past. 

 

History is everywhere around him in the Peak District landscape -- particularly in the 'plague village' of Eyam, where an outbreak of Black Death has been turned into a modern-day tourist attraction.

 

 But, even as the final solution is revealed, both Fry and Cooper find themselves having to face up to the disturbing reality of the much more recent past.

  Read the first chapter

 

THE KILL CALL is published in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand by HarperCollins       

  Buy the UK edition now

Also available:
- in the USA in kindle ebook format from Westlea Books
- in unabridged audio CD and digital download formats in the UK from HarperCollins
- in unabridged audio cassette from Oakhill Publishing 
- in large print from Clipper
- in Sweden from Minotaur as SISTA SAMTALET
- in Portugal from Publicações Europa-América as O TOQUE DA MORTE

 

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LOST RIVER

A May Bank Holiday in the Peak District is ruined by the tragic drowning of an eight-year-old girl in picturesque Dovedale. 

 

For Detective Constable Ben Cooper, a helpless witness to the tragedy, the incident is not only traumatic, but leads him to become involved in the tangled lives of the Nields, the dead girl's family.

As he gets to know them, Cooper begins to suspect that one of them is harbouring a secret – one that the whole family might be willing to cover up.

Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Diane Fry has a journey to make – a journey back to her roots. As she finds herself drawn into an investigation of her own among the inner city streets of Birmingham, Fry realises there is only one person she can rely on to provide the help she needs. But that man is Ben Cooper, and he's back in Derbyshire, where his suspicions are leading him towards a shocking discovery on the banks of another Peak District river.

  Read the first chapter

 

LOST RIVER is published in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand by HarperCollins       

  Buy the UK edition now

Also available:
- in the USA in kindle ebook format from Westlea Books
- in unabridged audio CD and digital download formats in the UK from HarperCollins
- in unabridged audio cassette from Oakhill Publishing 
- in large print from Clipper
- in Sweden from Minotaur as FLICKAN I FLODEN

Coming soon:
- in Finland from Blue Moon Books

A NUMBER 17 Sunday Times bestseller in UK hardback

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THE DEVIL'S EDGE

In his most gripping case yet, newly promoted Detective Sergeant Ben Cooper investigates a series of lethal home invasions in the Peak District. 

In the latest attack, a woman has died in an affluent village nestling close under the long gritstone escarpment known as the Devil's Edge. Despite seething enmities between neighbours in the village of Riddings, the major lines of enquiry seem to lead to the nearby city of Sheffield.

But before Cooper and his team can crack the case, the panic spreading throughout the area results in an incident that devastates the Cooper family.

And the only person available to step into the breach is Ben's old rival, Detective Sergeant Diane Fry...

  Read the first chapter

 

THE DEVIL'S EDGE is published in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand by Little, Brown       

  Buy the UK edition now

 

Also available:
- in Sweden from Minotaur as DJAVULSKLIPPAN
- in the UK in unabridged audio CD and digital downloads
- in the UK in kindle and other ebook formats
- in massmarket paperback in the UK from Little, Brown

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DEAD AND BURIED

Brutal acts of firestarting have ravaged the Peak District, and now a new wave of moorland infernos sweeps across the national park. For DS Ben Cooper, the blazes are best left to the firefighters, even with the arsonists still at large.

But when an intruder breaks into an abandoned pub, Cooper is on the case - and he swiftly unearths a pair of grim surprises. The first is evidence of a years-old double homicide. And the second is a corpse, newly dead...

What links the three deaths? Where are the missing bodies? Who is responsible - and how do the raging fires fit in? For Cooper and his rival DI Diane Fry, it's the most twisted investigation of their lives... and with an ingenious killer pulling the strings, it could also be their last.

Drenched in atmosphere and danger, Stephen Booth's relentless new thriller builds to a shock finale that will catch even the most seasoned suspense readers off guard.

DEAD AND BURIED is published in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand by Little, Brown

  Read the first chapter     

  Buy the UK edition now

 

Also available:
- in Sweden from Minotaur as DOD OCH BEGRAVEN
- in the UK in unabridged audio CD and digital downloads
- in the UK in kindle and other ebook formats

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ALREADY DEAD

A summer of endless rain in the Peak District leaves the officers of Derbyshire's CID with a problem. They have discovered a man's body lying in shallow water, but torrential rain has swollen the rivers and flooded the roads, making travel difficult and forensic examination impossible.

And that's not all. The absence of DS Ben Cooper, on extended leave after an arson attack, has left a serious gap. DS Diane Fry is a reluctant temporary replacement, but now their makeshift team is about to be tested to the limit. The fatal events of one damp August night are likely to remain shrouded in mystery if they can't track down a car glimpsed only as a dark outline in the rain by a passer-by.

As the rain turns into a deluge, loyalties among the officers will be put under intolerable strain as they try to solve their toughest case yet. And that's before it emerges that Ben Cooper is not at home, but has vanished into thin air...

ALREADY DEAD is published in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand by Little, Brown   

  Read the first chapter

  Buy the UK edition now

 

Also available:
- in Sweden from Minotaur as REDAN DOD
- in the UK in unabridged audio CD and digital downloads
- in the UK in kindle and other ebook formats
- in massmarket paperback in the UK from Little, Brown

 


 FOR GENERAL RIGHTS ENQUIRIES, contact Teresa Chris
at the Teresa Chris Literary Agency, 43 Musard Road, London W6 8NR.
phone: 0207 386 0633 (from outside the UK: +44 207 386 0633)

 FOR TV & FILM RIGHTS, contact Charlotte Knight 
at the Knight Hall Agency,
7 Mallow Street, London EC1Y 8RQ.
phone: 020 3397 2901 (from outside the UK: + 44 20 3397 2901)


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