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The Dead Place (Ben Cooper and Diane Fry Series #6)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    380 pages

    This is the most current book of the series, it cost $7.99 and was the most expensive so far. It is number nine, an English detective novel, better edited then the others, but still has some problems. There is a lot of English slang, some if which I was unsure the meaning of. This book was more convoluted than the others. It was also my least favorite of the Cooper and Fry series. This book was fixated on what happens to a body after death. It was all about decomposition, cremation, embalming, the effects of weather, animals, and sick human beings, different burial rituals, past and present and murder. There was the killing of a dog and a sheep, talk of narcophilia, child abuse, arson and extremely strange phone calls. It was very detailed and sometimes very graphic. A child's book title, by Beatrice Potter helped solve the case. ( it WAS one of my favorites) Fry was only a bit more likable in this book. She has to be one of the most obnoxious, vain, hateful, stuck up women to wear a badge in any culture. There was no cursing or sexual situations and no romance. This is the first book to have any humor at all. While not much, it came as a welcome break from all the morbidity. There a few loose threads and this series does not feel completed. I am sure there will be another book. I am not sure if I will purchase it or not. This book was twice what I consider fair market value for an e- reader book. I did not enjoy it $8.00 worth. For adults ages 18 and up. This book was very noir.


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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An action-packed police procedural

    The calls are unnerving as the individual promises soon to begin his ¿killing will be a model of perfection¿. The receiver of the frightening calls Detective Superintendent Diane Fry prays some crackpot is making crank calls, but thinks this guy is the real deal that will keep on killing once he starts until he is stopped. Adding to the discomfit of the DS is the fact a woman has reportedly vanished from a nearby office.---------------- At the same time Detective Constable Ben Cooper investigates what happened to the woman whose human bones were recently found in the woods. Electronic facial reconstruction names the victim as Audrey Steele, who officially was cremated 18 months ago. Ben follows the fiery trail until the case turns stranger when an arsonist burns up potential proof as to who was cremated. Soon Ben¿s inquiry and Diane¿s preventative endeavor collide.---------------------------------- Don¿t eat lunch while reading this exciting police procedural as a secondary character go into graphic detail lecturing the cops and readers on human decomposition rates and what happens to bodily fluids in death amongst other icky and yucky (scientific terms for gross) forensic insights. The two prime subplots are well written and fascinating to follow, partially because the respective tour guides, Ben and Diane, are sub-genre unique as they not likable protagonists. The bottom line is those who could stomach high school biology will enjoy this interesting look at the art of studying death.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Have tried to think the next would be better

    This is the worse yet and doubt will try another and no I never buy over 1.98 on nook but borrow from library to read first if i want to re read buy sc or hc used from my new/ used bookstore or library book sale it is surprising how the editorial reviews will praise a book for no reason except it is a business. If you can stomach the grafic details you might find a plot nasty

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Another great read by Booth

    The character and plot development are excellent. I especially enjoy the personal ruminations, local culture, and psychological paths explored throughout the stories by Booth.

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