- In April, Stephen will be talking to members of Codnor Book Group in Derbyshire (Wednesday 8th), then on Thursday 16th April he'll be in North Nottinghamshire to speak at a charity lunch in aid of Bassetlaw Hospice Appeal, organised by Wheatley Book Club. Tickets £17.50 for a three-course lunch, with wine and coffee. To book, email:  

- Tickets for the event at Bakewell Bookshop on Saturday 18th April are now SOLD OUT, but you can still go along to the shop afterwards (3pm) for a chat and to get your books signed. Visit:

- On World Book Night, Thursday 23rd April, Stephen will be in North Wales to talk to readers at Prestatyn Library (7.30pm start). Tickets are £4, available from all Denbighshire libraries. Phone 01745 854841. 

There will be lots of other dates during the year, including a number of talks and signings in July and August, following publication of a new Cooper & Fry novel THE MURDER ROAD.

For details, check out the Events Page:

Dates are still being taken for 2015. If you'd like Stephen to take part in an event near you, why not suggest it to your local festival, library or bookshop? 

Event organisers should send an enquiry, giving as many details as possible of location, preferred dates, and type of event, to:

And watch out for more details of THE MURDER ROAD!



The latest Cooper & Fry novel THE CORPSE BRIDGE entered the UK bestseller list at number 17 in its first week on sale. Many thanks to all the dedicated Cooper & Fry readers who rushed out and bought it in the first few days!





 photo TheCorpseBridge_zpsd5c9f46c.jpgThe 14th Cooper & Fry novel THE CORPSE BRIDGE is currently available in hardback and ebook formats, and will be released in paperback in June 2015. The latest instalment in the lives of Derbyshire police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry and their colleagues in E Division is awaiting your discovery!

Peak District locations used in this book range from an abandoned cheese factory to the primeval landscape of the Dragon's Back, from mysterious testing grounds near Buxton to the ancient bridge itself.

Here's a bit of blurb to give you a taste of 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..."

** And the first review of THE CORPSE BRIDGE has already arrived, thanks to Book Addict Shaun, who says:

"This is one of his best books to date... do not hesitate to pick it up and devour it!"

You can read the full review online:

THE CORPSE BRIDGE can be ordered here:


Amazon UK:

Book Depository:

The Hive:

The ebook edition is again released simultaneously with the hardback:

Amazon Kindle:

Waterstones ePub:

And the unabridged audio version is also now available, read by Mike Rogers:





 photo AlreadyDeadPB_edited_zpsfa82fd20.jpgThe massmarket paperback of the 13th Cooper & Fry novel ALREADY DEAD was released in the UK by Little, Brown in May.

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...

"Packed with atmosphere, suspense and danger, bestseller Stephen Booth's exceptional new Cooper and Fry thriller is a masterclass in British crime writing."

You can order ALREADY DEAD from your favourite online booksellers in the UK:

Amazon UK                    Waterstones                 The Book Depository                   The Hive

Or call in at your local bookshop, of course.


Kindle edition:        Amazon Kindle UK        ePub:      Waterstones ebook


Other ebook formats in the UK:              Kobo UK            Nook UK            Apple (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch)


Audio download:        Audible UK


The first chapter is available here:    ALREADY DEAD Chapter One 





Stephen Booth wrote a guest blog over at 'Mystery Fanfare' on the role of the Peak District in the Cooper & Fry series. Check it out here (and why not leave a comment too?):




The new HarperCollins digital imprint Witness Impulse have re-launched the Cooper & Fry series in the USA in ebook formats. The first title, BLACK DOG, was released in October 2013 and has since hit number 1 in Barnes & Noble's ebook bestseller list (for the full story on this, click here).

BLACK DOG was the book which first introduced young Derbyshire police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry to the world, along with their 'E' Division colleagues and the fictional Peak District town of Edendale. There are now 13 books in the series, with a 14th on the way.

Described by reviewers as "Dark, intense and utterly compelling" and "Simultaneously classic, contemporary and haunting", BLACK DOG tells the story of a murdered teenager whose death rips apart a sleepy village, and the two police officers who become involved in the subsequent investigation. On its original publication, it won the Barry Award for the Best British Crime Novel in the USA, and was a finalist for an Anthony Award for Best First Mystery.

If you're in the US and you haven't experienced the Cooper & Fry series yet, now would be a good time to start! 

Witness Impulse are releasing one more Cooper & Fry novel a month through to August 2014, with TWO releases a month in June and July. The 8th novel DYING TO SIN was released on 6th May, and THE KILL CALL is coming up on 3rd June.  

For more information, please visit our new Black Dog Witness page:

To coincide with the release of BLACK DOG, Stephen Booth took part in a month-long 'virtual book tour'. 

Several online reviews have been published, such as the one at the 'Cabin Goddess' blog:

or at 'Bless Their Hearts Mom':

or 'Hotchpotch':

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:

and at CMash Reads:

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:

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You can also read the first chapter of BLACK DOG here:




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:

Foyles            The Book Depository            Amazon UK

Or direct from the Westlea Books website:

Meanwhile, ebook versions are available for Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iPad etc from:

Or from your ebook retailer:            Amazon Kindle            Kobo            Nook            Apple

IN THE USA, there have been no problems reported. To purchase the paperback online in the US, American readers can choose from:

Amazon USA            Barnes & Noble            Books-A-Million

Or download ebooks from:            Amazon Kindle          B&N Nook            Apple          Ganxy              

TOP HARD is a standalone crime novel, very different from the Peak District novels. But, like the Cooper & Fry series, it's set in a very specific time and place. Readers' reviews say:     "Funny and refreshing"        "Entertaining"        "A great read"


As he watches criminals target a French lorry parked by the side of the road, Stones McClure thinks his plans might actually come together for once. He's looking forward to a life full of everything he could possibly want. Money, cars, a pair of fancy cowboy boots - who could ask for more? But things aren't always what they seem. And Stones should know it better than anyone.

It's Nottinghamshire, England, in 1998. Derelict pits, decaying villages, rundown housing estates - all surrounded by vast, historic mansions in country parks known as the Dukeries. And there's no sign of Robin Hood to spread a bit of the wealth around. 

In a world full of injustice, among people still haunted by memories of the 1984 Miners' Strike, Stones is a man trying to put his old life behind him for good. But for Stones and his friends, survival in these coalfield villages depends on the Top Hard Rule: You can't trust anyone these days. 

Now it's all about to go very wrong for Stones McClure. Someone is out to get him. And most surprising of all, it isn't one of the women in his life...

TOP HARD is an irreverent crime story, reflecting life in the Nottinghamshire coalfield villages in the 1990s, and the attitudes of people living there. WARNING: some views expressed by the characters are politically incorrect, and not to be taken too seriously!


In 1998, TOP HARD was shortlisted for the first ever Crime Writers' Association New Writing (Debut Dagger) Award for unpublished novels. A few years later, a short story version was contributed to the CRIMINAL TENDENCIES anthology, as a fund-raiser for breast cancer research. The story was selected for this year's MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST BRITISH CRIME 8, which is published by Robinson in the UK, and for its US/Canadian edition THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST BRITISH MYSTERIES 8, from Running Press.  





 photo Redandod_zpsfdac633f.jpgIn SWEDEN, The Swedish translation of ALREADY DEAD ('REDAN DöD') has just been published by Forum.

Syndafall i Edendale

Ett envist regnoväder har lamslagit avkroken Edendale. I ett vattendrag som löper genom ett skogsparti hittas en död man. Han är naken och kläderna ligger prydligt hopvikta. Inte fyrtio år fyllda, ungkarl och plikttrogen tjänsteman på traktens försäkringsbolag.

Karriärsugna Diane Fry får i uppdrag att leda utredningen. Kollegan Ben Cooper är sjukskriven på obestämd tid. Han har nyligen förlorat sin fru i en mordbrand, men sorgearbetet har han skjutit på framtiden. Han är fast besluten att leta rätt på och sätta dit alla som kan ha varit inblandade i branden. Det blir en mycket riskabel jakt där såväl Coopers karriär som förnuft står på spel.

Redan död är en psykologiskt spännande kriminalgåta, som utspelar sig i det dramatiska landskapet Peak District. Där samsas bedrägerier och hot med ond bråd död. Och för de redan deckarfrälsta väntar ett kärt återseende med lokalpoliserna Cooper och Fry. 

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:


Peak District -sarja jatkuu. - Konstaapeli Ben Cooper sattuu olemaan paikalla, kun pikkutyttö hukkuu jokeen turistien suosimassa luonnonkauniissa Dovedalessa. Ylikonstaapeli Diane Fry taas joutuu kohtaamaan menneisyytensä kipeän asian, kun hänen vuosien takaisesta raiskauksestaan on löytynyt uusi DNA-osuma. Fry saa vapaata mennäkseen Birminghamiin, jossa hän tapaa monia vanhoja tuttuja: kasvatusvanhempansa Jimin ja Alicen, näiden adoptiopojan Vincen - ja sisarensa Angien, joka silloin kauan sitten lähti Jimin ja Alicen luota ja oli vuosikaudet teillä tietymättömillä. 

Fryn entisellä työparilla, eläköityneellä ja salamyhkäisyyteen taipuvaisella Andy Kewleyllä on tietoa, jota hän paljastaa vain vähin erin. Miksi Fry raiskattiin? - Cooper tutustuu hukkuneen Emily Nieldin perheeseen: supermarketin johtajana työskentelevään isään, maailmansa tiukassa järjestyksessä pitävään äitiin, tietokonepelin virtuaalimaailmaan uppoutuneeseen Alex-veljeen - ja pois lähteneeseen isoonsiskoon. Mitä Cooper voi päätellä pienistä vihjeistä? Oliko Emilyn kuolema sittenkään onnettomuus? Jos ei, mitä taustalta löytyy?







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:

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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:




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:

Amazon UK           
Amazon USA         
Amazon Germany  

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:


There's also a new dedicated site at where you can download ePub, mobi and pdf formats of CLAWS. Purchases can be made on this site from 55 countries around the world, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, all of Scandinavia, some parts of Eastern Europe - and too many other countries to mention! Go to:

* A pdf version can be read on pretty much any personal computer using a program such as Adobe Reader, which is usually pre-installed.

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.

In the wild crags of the Dark Peak moorland, a ruthless conflict has been raging for years. The discovery of an illegal haul from the bedroom of a terraced house is a clue to what might be at stake - perhaps the entire future of one of the most prized landscapes in the Peak District National Park.

For young Derbyshire police detective DC Ben Cooper, an assignment to the Rural Crime Squad means stepping into the middle of the conflict, without being quite sure whose side he's on.

The predators come in all shapes and sizes. And in this battle, not all the victims will be human...

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:



To help all you location detectives out there, Stephen created two customised maps on Google, marking all the major locations in LOST RIVER.

LOST RIVER is set partly in Birmingham, where locations include the decaying industrial area of Digbeth, Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter, and modern additions to the cityscape such as Brindleyplace and the award-winning Selfridge's store (known to Brummies as the Dalek's Ballgown).

These and many other locations can be tracked on the LOST RIVER Birmingham map, along with photos and a bit of local information:

But, of course, we haven't abandoned Derbyshire! Part of the story is set in and around the historic market town of Ashbourne, as well as the surrounding valleys of the River Dove and River Manifold. On the LOST RIVER Derbyshire map you can find the famous Dovedale stepping stones, the curious 'money trees', the village of Wetton, and even Ashbourne police station:

You can use the controls to zoom in and out, or click on one of the blue placemarks on the map or at the side of the screen to go straight to a particular location. If you're signed in to Google, you can use Street View in many places to get right down to ground level and see what it's like on the street (though in Dovedale you can only get as far as the car park - it's all on foot after that!).

Please give the maps a try, enjoy the scenery of the Peak District - and discover some interesting locations in Birmingham, too - then let us know what you think:



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!




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

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.




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)

Thanks, Nige!

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


Sunday Night & Monday Morning
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). 

Click 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.  

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