Dead in the Dark by Stephen Booth – review.


Master crime writer Stephen Booth ventures into the Peak District’s dark subterranean world for a brand new, stunning and gasp-inducing Cooper & Fry thriller.

‘A modern master’


How do you prove a murder without a body?

Ten years ago, Reece Bower was accused of killing his wife, a crime he always denied. Extensive police searches near his home in Bakewell found no trace of Annette Bower’s remains, and the case against him collapsed.

But now memories of the original investigation have been resurrected for Detective Inspector Ben Cooper – because Reece Bower himself has disappeared, and his new wife wants answers.

Cooper can’t call on the Major Crime Unit and DS Diane Fry for help unless he can prove a murder took place – impossible without a body. As his search moves into the caves and abandoned mines in the isolated depths of Lathkilldale, the question is: who would want revenge for the death of Annette Bower?

About the author

Stephen Booth is the internationally bestselling, CWA Dagger-winning author of the acclaimed thrillers featuring Cooper and Fry. The series is in development as a TV programme. Booth lives in Nottingham.

My thoughts

I love it when an aged mystery comes to light. There’s nothing like not knowing what happened and being desperate to find out. I soon found myself immersed in ‘Dead in the Dark’ and devouring those pages well into the night.

I desperately wanted to know where Annette vanished to all those years ago. When her husband then goes missing, a whole new layer of ‘what’s happening here?’ is introduced, especially as he was a suspect in her disappearance back then.

I fell for the setting of the Peak District and the dangers that lurked in the old mines and caves. Each was described so thoroughly, invoking all the senses. I felt the chill in the air and could smell the earth.

If you love a police procedural with great detectives (Fry and Cooper), fuelled by mystery that is set in a fantastic landscape, this is your book. It’s probably your series too, as this was book 17. I managed to read it as a stand-alone without any trouble. Loved it and would definitely recommend. This is a top class police procedural!

By Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.


About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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