Stephen Booth's thirteen novels featuring Cooper and Fry, all to be published in the U.S. by Witness Impulse, have sold over half a million copies around the world.
Dying to Sin (Ben Cooper and Diane Fry Series #8)by Stephen Booth
When builder's labourer Danny Ward is asked to dig the foundations for a new wall during the conversion of Pity Wood Farm, he doesn't expect to find a human hand preserved in the clay. And when the police arrive to dig up the
DYING TO SIN is the 8th novel in the multiple award-winning Cooper & Fry series, set in England's beautiful and atmospheric Peak District.
When builder's labourer Danny Ward is asked to dig the foundations for a new wall during the conversion of Pity Wood Farm, he doesn't expect to find a human hand preserved in the clay. And when the police arrive to dig up the farmyard, they don't expect to find not one body, but two - with several years between their burials.
DS Diane Fry and DC Ben Cooper are part of the Derbyshire CID team tasked with piecing together the lives of the Sutton family who owned the farm before it was sold for development. Why would a pair of elderly brothers have the dead bodies of two women concealed on their property? And how do you even start tracking down decades of itinerant farm workers who might be able to cast light on the mystery?
Fry and Cooper have only the fragmentary memories of local people to rely on, including the landlord of the Dog Inn, the retired village bobby, and a handful of scattered neighbours in the White Peak settlement of Rakedale.
Their enquiry coincides with the arrival in Edendale of a new Detective Superintendent, and the threat of more shake-ups in 'E' Division CID that might separate Cooper and Fry permanently.
As Cooper becomes convinced that there ought to be a third body to provide the vital link and explain the burials at Pity Wood, Fry struggles to come to terms with one of the more unusual rural beliefs she's encountered so far - the magical properties of preserved body parts.
"Booth does a wonderful job." - Los Angeles Times
"Simultaneously classic, contemporary and haunting." - Mysterious Bookshop, New York
"Intelligent and substantive crime fiction, rich with complex characters." - Library Journal
"Booth has firmly joined the elite of Britain's top mystery writers." - Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Crime fiction for the thinking man or woman, and damnably hard to put down." - January Magazine
"Highly recommended - a great series!" - Seattle Mystery Books
"Ben Cooper and Diane Fry are the most interesting team to arrive on the mystery scene in a long while." - Rocky Mountain News
"One of our best story tellers." - Sunday Telegraph
"There are few, if any, contemporary writers who do this as well as Stephen Booth." - Arena magazine
"Booth delivers some of the best crime fiction in the UK." - Manchester Evening News
"If you read only one new crime writer this year, he's your man." - Yorkshire Post
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This book is set in England, near Ireland. It was first published in 2007, then re- released in 2014. I paid about $7.00 forthis well edited, 330 page book. This is book 8 of the series. Fry and Cooper have a new boss and rumors abound. Diane's sister, Angie takes off to parts unknown, after she does a good deed. Fry and Cooper battle with locals, who have long held superstitions. There is not as much violence in this book as there are in many of the others. The descriptions are not as gizzly. There are several murders from years ago, but the bodies were only recently found. No animals are harmed in the writing of this novel. No sex, romance, religion, cursing or homosexuality. Two people were killed during commission of a crime, near the end of the book. The conclusion was very satisfactory. I consider this book one of the better ones of the series. It was easier to follow. This book seemed to be over long at times. It is not chick lit. It is a murder mystery for all adults. Recommended. AD
Good read gets a litte long in spotes
Excellent read. All the Fry books worth reading
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