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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.
NATIONAL CRIME WRITING MONTH
In June, the UK Crime Writers Association will again be promoting National Crime Writing Month, which will see a host of crime writers taking part in events throughout the country.
Last year, the promotion was extended from a week to a month. It will be launched at CrimeFest in Bristol at the end of May, and culminate with a Dagger Awards dinner in London at the beginning of July, with plenty going on around the country in between.
Stephen Booth is a keen supporter of libraries and will be doing many events for National Crime Writing Month. During June and early July, he'll be visiting libraries in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Warwickshire, Rutland and the West Midlands - with more dates yet to be confirmed!
To see if he's going to be in your area, check out the details on 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:
TOP HARD PRICE REDUCTION
Readers in the UK and Europe can buy copies online at the Westlea Books website, priced at £9.99 plus postage & packing:
To purchase online in the USA, American readers can just click here:
COOPER & FRY IN THE USA
With the US publication of DEAD AND BURIED and the release of BLIND TO THE BONES, the entire Ben Cooper & Diane Fry series has now become available in the USA for the first time. All 12 novels can be downloaded for the Amazon Kindle, with the first ten available for the Barnes & Noble Nook and other ebook readers.
Almost all of the Cooper & Fry backlist titles have been published in new trade paperback editions in the USA too, with just one to come (see below).
Three of these earlier books have never been published in the US until this year - DYING TO SIN, THE KILL CALL and LOST RIVER. Now that publishers Little Brown have released the two latest Cooper & Fry novels THE DEVIL'S EDGE and DEAD AND BURIED in the States, the entire series is also complete in paperback over there.
Note: A trade paperback is a large format paperback edition (9" x 6"), similar to the size of a hardcover.
(BLIND TO THE BONES is currently not available in the trade paperback edition, but a massmarket paperback remains in print from Bantam).
For US readers, here's the Cooper & Fry series in order, with links to currently available editions:
Don't forget there's also a Ben Cooper novella, CLAWS, which is available in both paperback and ebook editions. If you're not a Kindle user, or not within the territory of a Kindle store, the ebook of CLAWS can be downloaded throughout the world in various formats by going here:
All the novels
in the Cooper and Fry series are also available for the Kobo ereader:
AND COOPER & FRY IN SWEDEN...
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A very few signed and dedicated UK hardbacks of THE DEVIL'S EDGE are still available from the Westlea Books website. There are also some trade paperbacks, which are usually export editions, the same size as a hardback.
Books can be mailed to any country in the world - all you need to do is choose the relevant location. As usual, stocks of books are limited, so it's first come, first served.
A few signed hardback 1st editions of LOST RIVER are also still available.
Go to Westlea Books.
CLAWS EBOOK AVAILABLE
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 download CLAWS 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 9th May 2013