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I LOVED this book! A new series to start reading! This is actually the re-release of the series to the United States, and this is book one. There are actually 13 books in the series (the latest just been released in the UK). If this book is an example of the series, I will HAVE to read the other 12!
Booth dies an excellent job in setting the scene, both of place and with his characters back stories, so that you feel that you really KNOW Ben and Diana already, even though this is the first book. He continues setting the rural setting into the readers mind, so that it comes as no surprise that the supporting cast and those involved in the mystery all hold secrets of their own. In many ways it reminded me of a modern take on an Agatha Christie book- everything is laid out, but the reader doesn't see it, due to misdirection and extraneous clues, yet it is all wound up in a tidy bundle, so that when you reach the end of the book you find yourself hitting your head and going 'oh duh!'. I shouldn't be surprised, as he quotes Agatha as one of his favorite authors, in a recent interview!
I loved all the twists and turns and read the book in 2 sittings, only because I HAD to, otherwise this page turner would have been a solo sitting! It was actually very refreshing to read the relationship between Ben and Diana, as it was realistic and honest. Even before reading the snyopses of the rest of the books in the series, I could tell how their professional careers was going to go, based on this book, but I will be quite interested to see how the author plays them out in the subsequent books (and lucky us- we don't have to wait for the paperback versions, we can get all the ebooks now! Isn't it amazing how technology has shortened our 'anticipation/wait periods'? ).
If you're looking for a new police procedural series, that harkens back to classic mysteries, check out Black Dog and the rest of the Ben Cooper/Diana Fry books, and you won't be disappointed!
About the Author:
Stephen Booth is an award winning British crime writer, the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who have appeared in twelve novels set in England’s beautiful and atmospheric Peak District. Stephen has been a Gold Dagger finalist, an Anthony Award nominee, twice winner of a Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel, and twice shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year. Ben Cooper was a finalist for the Sherlock Award for the best detective created by a British author, and in 2003 the Crime Writers’ Association presented Stephen with the Dagger in the Library Award for “the author whose books have given readers the most pleasure”.
The Cooper & Fry series is published all around the world, and has been translated into 15 languages. The latest title is DEAD AND BURIED, with a new book, ALREADY DEAD, published in June 2013. For more info check out his website and Twitter pages for more on the author and the series!