READ AN EBOOK WEEK
Stephen Booth's standalone crime novel TOP HARD is currently available to download for just $1 (about 60p) from Smashwords during 'Read an Ebook Week'. Enter code REW75 at checkout for your 75% discount. Don't delay - the promotion ends on 8th March! Click here:
EVENTS FOR 2014
FRIDAY 14th MARCH, 12pm
Coalville Library, High Street, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3EA - talk to readers for Leicestershire's 'Words on the Street' Festival.
Tickets £3, booking essential. Tel: 0116 305 3565 or email: email@example.com
FRIDAY 21st MARCH, 7.30pm
Holywell Library, North Road, Holywell, Flintshire CH8 7TQ - talk to readers for Flintshire Arts Festival.
Tickets £4, available from Holywell Library on 01352 713157 (booking essential).
MONDAY 24th MARCH, 7pm
Blaby Library, Lutterworth Road, Blaby, Leicestershire LE8 4DW - talk to readers for Leicestershire's 'Words on the Street' Festival.
Tickets £3 (including refreshments), booking essential. Tel: 0116 305 3516 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDAY 28th MARCH, 2.30pm
Mickleover Country Club, Derby - talk to members of Derby NHS Retirement Fellowship.
SATURDAY 29th MARCH, 9.30am
onwards ** Now sold out **
Writers' Conference, Portland Building, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD - panel on 'Building Your Audience'.
Conference details: http://writingeastmidlands.co.uk/projects/the_writers_conference/
BLACK DOG HITS NO. 1 IN THE USA
Witness Impulse will release one more Cooper & Fry novel a month through to August 2014, with TWO releases a month in June and July. In fact, the second book, DANCING WITH THE VIRGINS, became available on 5th November, the third novel BLOOD ON THE TONGUE on 3rd December, Book #4 BLIND TO THE BONES on 7th January, and the 5th Cooper & Fry novel ONE LAST BREATH on 4th February. Coming up in March is THE DEAD PLACE, with SCARED TO LIVE due in April.
To coincide with the release of BLACK DOG, Stephen Booth took part in a month-long 'virtual book tour' through October and November.
Several online reviews have been published, such as the one at the 'Cabin Goddess' blog: http://cabingoddess.com/2013/10/award-winning-black-dog-stephenbooth-thursday-review/
or at 'Bless Their Hearts Mom': http://blesstheirheartsmom.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/book-review-black-dog-by-stephen-booth.html
There are some interviews with Stephen, including one over at OmniMystery News, where he talks about the origins of BLACK DOG and the characters of Ben Cooper and Diane Fry:
also at Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews: http://lauries-interviews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/black-dog-by-stephen-booth-interview.html
and at CMash Reads: http://cmashlovestoread.com/2013/10/23/guest-author-stephen-booth/
Finally, Stephen was invited to write a guest post for The Top Shelf blog on 'The Definitive Crime Novel'. What was the first ever detective story? You might be surprised by his answer!
But if you'd like to start your introduction the world of Cooper and Fry straightaway, here are the direct download purchase links for BLACK DOG:
You can also read the first chapter of BLACK DOG here:
TOP HARD - SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!
Following some well-publicised problems among retailers last year, independently published books like TOP HARD are still not being listed by some major UK booksellers, including Waterstones and WH Smith.
The good news is that the trade paperback edition of TOP HARD (currently priced around £8.99) is still available for UK customers from these retailers:
Or direct from the Westlea Books website:
IN THE USA, there have been no problems reported. To purchase the paperback online in the US, American readers can choose from:
COOPER AND FRY IN SCANDINAVIA...
REDAN DöD is available for advance order at: Adlibris
DEAD AND BURIED is already available in hardback from Forum as 'Död och begraven':
In FINLAND, Blue Moon have returned to the Cooper & Fry series with the Finnish translation of Book #10 LOST RIVER, published as KADONNUT JOKI in September:
...AND IN CANADA
Or your local independent bookshop, of course.
The ebook edition is already available in Canada:
The new Cooper & Fry novel ALREADY DEAD was published in the UK in June, with hardback and ebook editions again released on the same day. The paperback edition will be released in May 2014. Here are some of the reactions from reviewers:
"Convoluted, complex and engrossing. The mystery kept me guessing, and was satisfyingly tied up, but the real surprising twist comes at the end. I will be first in line for the next book. Highly recommended." (Lizzie Hayes - Mystery People)
Ben Cooper's life has reached a crisis point in ALREADY DEAD, and who knows how he'll deal with it? And who will be there to pick up the pieces? The book is prefaced by a quotation from Confucius: "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."
You can find out a bit about the writing of ALREADY DEAD over at 'Crime Time':
You can buy a copy of ALREADY DEAD from your favourite online booksellers in the UK:
Or call in at your local bookshop, of course.
The Kindle edition can be ordered here for the UK:
For other ebook formats:
The audio download version is also available from Audible:
As usual, the new book will start reaching overseas markets on, or shortly after, UK publication, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden. Please note that some countries get mostly the trade paperback (export) edition rather than the hardback. Here are a few dates:
CANADA - ebook edition on 20th June, print editions on 10th September:
AUSTRALIA - print and ebook editions on 20th June:
NEW ZEALAND - print and ebook editions on 20th June:
SWEDEN - English language edition in June, Swedish translation ('REDAN DöD') in November:
* As always, if you enjoy a book, please consider supporting the author by posting a review on an online booksellers' site such as Amazon, or a reader review site like Goodreads. It's appreciated!
NEW STEPHEN BOOTH FORUM
A new Stephen Booth Forum has recently been launched. The old forum had some technical problems, so if you were previously a registered user, please take a moment to re-register on the new forum:
DEAD AND BURIED
The latest Cooper & Fry novel DEAD AND BURIED has just been released in paperback in the UK.
'DS Ben Cooper comes closer to death than he ever has before in this thrilling Cooper and Fry case.'
Some readers' opinions of DEAD AND BURIED:
As moorland fires sweep across the Peak District national park, hundreds of firefighters and rangers battle to prevent flames reaching a remote inn, once a famous landmark but now abandoned and boarded up as it waits for a buyer."
The question for Detective Sergeant Ben Cooper and the Edendale police is whether the blaze was started deliberately, just one of a series of random acts of arson which have destroyed dozens of square miles of heather moorland.
As smoke is driven closer to the inn, more questions are raised by the traces revealed under vegetation left charred by the fire. At first, they seem to be largely of interest to archaeologists. But a grim find is about to be made which is of much more recent origin. As a result, an inquiry is re-opened into the fate of two tourists who disappeared in a snow storm one Christmas, bringing Detective Sergeant Diane Fry back to Edendale from her posting with the Major Crime Unit.
Even without Fry's presence, Cooper already has plenty on his mind, with enforced changes at E Division putting pressure on his team, and complications in his private life. Now, through the smoke of moorland fires, he gets a glimpse of an incident from his past which takes on a disturbing new significance. And there are people close to him who would prefer that he didn't remember the past too clearly.
You can buy the paperback edition of DEAD AND BURIED online here:
Or visit your local bookshop!
A Kindle ebook edition was released on the same day as the hardback, and can be downloaded here:
For the dates of signings and events, check out the Events Page.
VIRTUAL CASTING PAGE
The Virtual Casting Page has been updated with lots more suggestions from readers for actors to play the roles of Ben Cooper, Diane Fry and Gavin Murfin, if the Cooper & Fry series should ever reach the small screen.
Among the latest additions to the page are Tom Hardy, Nicholas Burns, Sean Biggerstaff and Warren Brown for DS Ben Cooper, with Felicity Jones, Suranne Jones, Lisa Faulkner and Zoe Lucker suggested for DS Diane Fry, and Mark Benton, Mark Addy and Paul Loughran for DC Gavin Murfin.
Let us know what you think, or send you own suggestions!
You can also join in the current discussion with other readers on Stephen Booth's Facebook page:
DEAD MAN TALKING
Stephen Booth has experienced an encounter with the Reverend Strachan McQuade (Deceased) in the notorious 'Dead Man Talking' interview series. You can read the results of their meeting online here:
The Ben Cooper story CLAWS is available for the Kindle ebook reader in the UK, USA and Germany. And it's selling for less than a pound (or less than a dollar or a euro, depending where you live!).
You can currently download CLAWS FREE direct from:
If you live in a country without a Kindle store, or if you use an ebook reader other than a Kindle, don't worry - you haven't been missed out! CLAWS is also available for download in ePub, mobi (kindle) and pdf formats via XinXii:
CLAWS is a short novella of 15,000 words, an outing for DC Ben Cooper without the help (or hindrance ) of Diane Fry. It sees Cooper investigating wildlife crime in one of the most sensitive environments of the Peak District national park. There's also a return appearance by a character who first appeared in BLIND TO THE BONES, PC Tracy Udall.
This was one of the first titles published in the 'Crime Express' series by Nottingham independent publisher Five Leaves, and was recently re-issued in a new paperback edition. Mystery Scene magazine said: "The marketing geniuses at Crime Express deserve kudos for starting this smart series with Stephen Booth's CLAWS."
As well as all the usual places, the Crime Express titles are available from Inpress Books, an online bookstore specialising in books from independent publishers:
Many of the Cooper & Fry novels are available in German translation, including ebook editions:
The English language versions are also widely available to German readers, including the Ben Cooper story CLAWS which has been published at the German ebook site XinXii in ePub, mobi and pdf formats:
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION...
To help all you location detectives out there, Stephen created two customised maps on Google, marking all the major locations in LOST RIVER.
WHO'S YOUR FAVOURITE ACTOR?
Several more suggestions from readers have now been added to the picture gallery on the Virtual Casting Page. Among the latest actors to be suggested for the screen role of DC Ben Cooper are Matt Bardock and Martin Freeman, while Melanie Gutteridge is put forward to play DS Diane Fry, and Trevor Cooper for DC Gavin Murfin. Let us know what you think!
TV INTERVIEW - THE BOOK CHANNEL
Here's a chance to see Stephen Booth talking live about THE KILL CALL. Stephen recorded an interview at Lowdham Book Festival for new digital TV station The Book Channel, which is broadcast in July on Sky Channel 166, Freesat Channel 402, and live on the internet at www.thebookchannel.tv.
Stephen's interview from the show has been uploaded to YouTube. You can view the full item at:
Follow in the footsteps of Cooper & Fry
This Summer, why not get out your walking boots and follow in the footsteps of DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry?
Some of the locations used in the Cooper & Fry series are featured in a new Peak District visitors' guide. Now you can follow Ben Cooper's footsteps of DC as he walks the snow-covered slopes of Irontongue Hill, or take the same route as DS Diane Fry and DC Gavin Murfin as they venture deep into the tunnels of Speedwell Cavern.
'Front Row of the Peak' has a film and literature theme, and it's just one in a series of ten Peak Experience booklets. Memorable locations from DANCING WITH THE VIRGINS, ONE LAST BREATH and SCARED TO LIVE are among the sights recommended to visitors, along with settings used for the filming of JANE EYRE and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. You can also find places that have appeared in TV drama PEAK PRACTICE and the BBC’s THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN.
The new visitors' guide was launched in Bakewell during the Peak Book Festival, and copies are available from Peak District visitor centres. You can also find more details of Cooper & Fry locations online at the Peak Experience website, along with an interview with Stephen Booth about his Peak District inspirations.
"An authentic voice of the Peaks! Booth’s details ring true: the climate and seasons, wildlife, contrasts between valley-bottom life and harsher remote hillside living, characters’ names and even the ways people speak are strikingly authentic. Booth knows the Peak District."
- Peak Experience
Meanwhile, you can get a taste of the wonderful Peak District landscape by viewing the slide show on the Peak District Page of this web site.
A CHANCE TO LISTEN TO STEPHEN
Following a readers' day for visually impaired readers, Stephen Booth was asked to record an interview for 'talking newspaper' the Mansfield Echo. The full interview is also available to listen to from the website of the local newspaper, the Mansfield Chad. Just visit interviewer Bill Purdue's Chad book blog, and you can either listen online or download the interview to your PC:
TV wildlife man chooses BLACK DOG
TV wildlife presenter NIGEL MARVEN ('Walking with Dinosaurs' and 'Prehistoric Park') has named BLACK DOG as one of his six favourite books.
"BLACK DOG - I couldn't put it down!" says Nigel.
('My Best Books' feature - Daily Express)
Is there a real Ben Cooper in the Peak District? Well, at least one! The real-life Ben is a member of the Edale Mountain Rescue Team, who do a vital job helping walkers and climbers lost or injured on the hills. The MRT consists entirely of volunteers, and they're on call 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. They receive no official funding, but rely solely on voluntary donations. Think you could help them? For more information on what the MRT do, check out their website: Edale Mountain Rescue Team
Stephen contributed a short story to an anthology released in November 2005. STUN TO STICK is one of 16 stories by Nottinghamshire writers in 'Sunday Night and Monday Morning' from Five Leaves Publishing. There's no appearance by Cooper and Fry in this one! Other writers contributing stories include John Harvey, Robert Harris, Clare Littleford, Jon McGregor and Julie Myerson. Copies at £9.99 can be ordered from Five Leaves, online from Amazon and WH Smith, or in the UK from your local bookshop (ISBN 090712352X).
here for more details of the book.
Stephen contributed his recipe for Accidental Bakewell Pudding to a new mystery writers' cook book called 'A Second Helping of Murder', published by Poisoned Pen Press.
For full details of available and forthcoming editions,
including translations, go to the Books page.
Last updated 3rd March 2014