THE CORPSE BRIDGE HITS UK BESTSELLER LIST
The new Cooper & Fry novel THE CORPSE BRIDGE entered the UK bestseller list at number 17 this week. Many thanks to all the dedicated Cooper & Fry readers who rushed out and bought it in the first few days!
Launch events for THE CORPSE BRIDGE took place at Gedling Book Festival in Nottingham, and at Chesterfield Library in Derbyshire, along with signings at Bookworm, Retford, and Scarthin Books in Cromford, and an evening at Waterstones in Derby. Signed copies of the new book are now available at Bookworm and Scarthin Books, at Waterstones in Chesterfield, Nottingham and Derby, and at Goldsboro Books in London.
Signings are coming up soon at Waterstones in Doncaster and Reading Matters in Chapel-en-le-Frith, and Stephen will be at the BeaconLit Festival in Buckinghamshire this weekend (28th June). During the next few weeks, he'll also be visiting County Durham, Lancashire, Cambridge and West Yorkshire. For details of forthcoming dates, visit the Events page:
THE CORPSE BRIDGE
It's here! THE CORPSE BRIDGE has arrived in UK bookshops. Copies that were advance ordered should be reaching you now, and it should be downloading as we speak to your ebook readers. 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:
The ebook edition is again released simultaneously with the hardback:
And the unabridged audio version is also now available, read by Mike Rogers:
Publication in other countries will follow soon:
Australia - 24th June
Canada - 29th July
(*Sorry, we're still awaiting a release date for the USA)
For signings and events in the UK, see the Events Page:
There will be signed copies of THE CORPSE BRIDGE available from various booksellers, including Bookworm of Retford, Scarthin Books in Cromford, Waterstones Chesterfield, Waterstones Derby, Waterstones Doncaster, Reading Matters in Chapel-en-le-Frith, and Goldsboro Books in London.
ALSO JUST OUT:
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:
Or call in at your local bookshop, of course.
Audio download: Audible UK
A few signed and dedicated hardback 1st editions of ALREADY DEAD are now available for sale from this website (for readers worldwide).
Please visit the Sales Page for more details:
GUEST BLOG: THE ROLE OF THE PEAK DISTRICT
SCARED TO LIVE is now available for US readers in all the usual ebook formats.
BLACK DOG HITS NO. 1 IN THE USA
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.
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: 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:
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 27th June 2014