Dead and Buried (Ben Cooper and Diane Fry Series #12)

Dead and Buried (Ben Cooper and Diane Fry Series #12)

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by Stephen Booth

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DS Ben Cooper comes closer to death than he ever has before in the 12th Cooper & Fry case

Brutal acts of firestarting have ravaged the Peak District, and now a new wave of moorland infernos sweeps across the national park. For DS Ben Cooper, the blazes are best left to the firefighters, even with the arsonists still at large. But when an intruder


DS Ben Cooper comes closer to death than he ever has before in the 12th Cooper & Fry case

Brutal acts of firestarting have ravaged the Peak District, and now a new wave of moorland infernos sweeps across the national park. For DS Ben Cooper, the blazes are best left to the firefighters, even with the arsonists still at large. But when an intruder breaks into an abandoned pub, Cooper is on the case—and he swiftly unearths a pair of grim surprises. The first is evidence of a years-old double homicide, and the second is a corpse, newly dead. What links the three deaths? Where are the missing bodies? Who is responsible—and how do the raging fires fit in? For Cooper and his rival DI Diane Fry, it's the most twisted investigation of their lives, and with an ingenious killer pulling the strings, it could also be their last. Drenched in atmosphere, rich with suspense, Stephen Booth's relentless new thriller builds to a shock finale that will catch even the most seasoned suspense readers off guard.

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"Intelligent, suspenseful. . . . A master of psychological suspense, Booth hauntingly evokes the ambiguities of place and the enduring complexity of human relationships."  —Publishers Weekly on One Last Breath

"Mix Stephen King paranoia with Charlotte Bronte wildness of atmosphere and character, and you get a whiff of what Booth concocts."  —Booklist on Blind to the Bones

"Stephen Booth makes high summer in Derbyshire as dark and terrifying as midwinter."  —Val McDermid, author, The Retribution, on Black Dog

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Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
Ben Cooper and Diane Fry Series, #12
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Booth is the CWA Dagger-winning author of the acclaimed Cooper & Fry series of thrillers, including Blind to the Bones, The Dead Place, One Last Breath, and Scared.

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Dead and Buried 4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 18 reviews.
Mystery_readerCL More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable series with enough complexity to the plot and characters to keep interest in continuing with each next book
NookloverNM More than 1 year ago
Having read all of Stephen Booths' previous Cooper and Fry mysteries I have to say that this one is just as brilliant as all the others. I love the setting (Peak District, GB), the character development and the suspenseful, slowly unfolding story. A must read for fans of English mystery novels - am looking forward to the next Cooper and Fry!
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
As this book opens, firefighters in the Peak District of England are fighting what seems to be a losing battle, trying to contain the flames engulfing this part of Derbyshire, with smoke covering acres and acres of the moors from the catastrophic wildfires that have been springing up, the worst seen in the area in decades, many undoubtedly the result of arson. But to D.S. Ben Cooper, his more immediate problem are the buried items found by the crew working one of the sites, and which appear to be clothing and other items – including a wallet and credit cards - which had belonged to a young couple who had seemingly disappeared over two years ago, in the middle of a snowstorm. They had last been seen in a local pub, with no trace found since, and the case, while no longer active, is as cold as it could be. The Major Crime Unit is called in, and DS Diane Fry, Ben’s old nemesis, is put in charge. [Diane had been his immediate supervisor before his promotion to detective sergeant.] Diane, for her part, couldn’t be happier that she had, as she thought, put Derbyshire behind her, her career taking her on an upward path - - she has been with the East Midlands Special Operations Unit for six months, and is less than thrilled to be back again. In a bit of one-upsmanship, she soon discovers a dead body in the old abandoned pub - - Ben’s office had received a call about a break-in there, but had yet to investigate. With Ben’s upcoming marriage to Liz Petty, a civilian crime scene examiner, coming up in a few months, the distraction of the wedding plans in which his fiancée is immersed causes him not a little irritation. Ben and the rest of his CID team at Derbyshire Constabulary E Division have their hands full, with the two investigations proceeding simultaneously, although Diane makes clear that the old case is her jurisdiction. Behind everything, the raging fires continue, a constant backdrop underlying everything which follows. The author’s meticulous descriptions of the landscape make for a visceral sense of place. Mr. Booth has once again created a suspenseful scenario, with many a twist and turn. This elegantly written novel is the 12th entry in the Cooper and Fry series, and at the end this reader reluctantly closed the book, fervently hoping it won’t be the last. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all the books in this series and this one has been the best one so far. The story is interesting with good little tid bits of historical background on the area and the atmosphere of the smokey moors is very alluring. I also like that Cooper is maturing and has found a woman he loves and wants to settle down with. But, I realized towards the end of the book that the main reason why this book. In the series, seemed so muvh better to me was due to Fry not being in it that much. I would forget about her until the tone of the book turned negative and that meant Det. Fry was a foot. She really is awful. The ending was very surprising and i am very curious to see what haspens next. Excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With 290 pages i thought the book moved along pretty did stopall of a sudden, you have to read the next book to see how this one ended.
bookgirlDD More than 1 year ago
didn't expect this development! a good story with lots of twists. I really like this series although sometimes I want to reach in the book and just knock some sense into Fry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series, love Cooper and Fry!
Myra0 More than 1 year ago
I usually don't like grim mysteries like this series, but I am hooked on Fry and Cooper. Especially Cooper.A nice guy who expects to get along with everyone, he is thwarted in trying to understand Diane Fry.He also is struggling with his family's attitudes since he has moved to town and with the town's changed attitude toward the police.Meanwhile, arson and murder are proving difficult to solve.Both prove to be satisfying puzzles with a shocking end.In the backround , wedding plans are driving Cooper to distraction. I found that I was liking his fiancee' less and less, and hoping something would prevent this marriage.The end was unexpected and a big surprise to me, although the threat had been looming throughout the entire story. Meanwhile, I can't wait for the next installment in this series.
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I have read all the Cooper and Fry series. The stories are always very interesting and, not living in England, I have learned quite a bit about the style and customs of the area. The mysteries are always worth the read. Cooper is a very engaging character who can carry a story. The only downside is that Fry is a character without any redeeming qualities who brings the story to a grinding halt whenever she appears. She is annoying and worthless to the narrative. The author would have been better served eliminating her character a long time ago.
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Well, now Liz is out of the way..
SUEHAV More than 1 year ago
Wow! I read the first 175 pages & nothing happened to peak my interest any further. Won't be reading any more of this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fry is an annoying impossible to like and i wish cooper and his family and friends would get their meds balanced. I have in fact looked at sample and got no further. than a typical cooper and fry and that means unpleasant mish mush to avoid