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‘Another first-rate mystery … Booth is particularly good at creating credible characters’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Includes several sinuous turns and surprises’ Scotsman
‘On this form, Booth could soon be up there with the likes of Reginald Hill. If you read only one new crime writer this year, he’s your man’ Yorkshire Post
A brooding psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of 'Black Dog'
In a remote part of the Peak District stand the Nine Virgins, a ring of stones overshadowed by a dark legend. Now, as winter closes in, a tenth figure is added to the circle – the body of Jenny Weston is discovered, her limbs arranged so she appears to be dancing.
Weeks earlier another woman had been attacked on the moors. Maggie Crew was found by a local farmer's wife, severely traumatized, her face savagely cut open. Is there a maniac at loose, knifing woman at random? Unlocking the memories trapped in Maggie's mind is now a matter of utmost urgency, and Detective Sergeant Diane Fry is given the task of drawing the truth out of her.
For DC Ben Cooper there are too many lines of enquiry leading to too few answers. Two travellers, sleeping rough near the scene of the murder, baffle the detectives with their strange rituals and language which may or may not be hiding vital information. Then there is the Park ranger, Owen Fox, whose past hides a shameful secret. And what of the farmer, Warren Leach, on whose land the Nine Virgins stand: a desperate man whose own children fear him.
Against the dramatic backdrop of the White Peak, Ben and Diane struggle to make sense of a murder that seems motiveless. But the moors have witnessed more bloodshed than either realize, and violence is to beget more violence before the answer is found.
Praise for 'Black Dog'
”An exceedingly good first novel: wholly engrossing, it has well-drawn characters and a real sense of place”
TJ BINYON, 'Evening Standard'
”In this atmospheric debut, Stephen Booth makes high summer in Derbyshire as dark and terrifying as midwinter”
Not upto the standard set in Black dog a little disappointing and confusing.Published 3 months ago by colin lowe
Like the local references as visited area slot when lived in north west
.good story generally well told
Interesting read from the start
Fry and Cooper very good coppers, that could develop into good cop nasty bitch scenarios.
Good believable characters and storeyline
not a bad read if a little long winded in parts. I enjoy this type of mystery and Booth's descriptions of the countryside and Peak district are always a pleasure. Read morePublished 5 months ago by gozo girl