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The Devil's Edge (The Cooper & Fry Series Book 11) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Booth
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Book Description

In the heart of summer, in the dead of night, something wakes you. The house is quiet. The children are sleeping. The kitchen is empty.

Except for the body on the floor.

A series of brutal home invasions is terrorizing the Peak District. Until now, the burglars haven't left a clue. This time, they've left a corpse. But as the death toll rises, two intrepid cops begin to suspect that the robberies - and the murders - are not what they seem. Beneath the scorching summer sun, a dangerous game is in play . . . and a merciless killer is hiding in plain sight.

Packed with twists, suspense, and danger, The Devil's Edge is a gripping thriller to rival the very best of Peter Robinson and Peter James.


'A modern master' Guardian

'Wonderful' Daily Mail

'One of our best storytellers' Sunday Telegraph

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    Praise for Stephen Booth: A modern master (Guardian)

    Wonderful (Daily Mail)

    One of our best storytellers (Sunday Telegraph)

    Book Description

    The new Peak District thriller starring DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1261 KB
    • Print Length: 350 pages
    • Publisher: Sphere (7 April 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1847444792
    • ISBN-13: 978-1847444790
    • ASIN: B004Q9THPK
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Stephen Booth is an award winning UK crime writer, the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, DS Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who have appeared in fourteen 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. DC 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 in the series is THE CORPSE BRIDGE. Stephen is also the author of a standalone crime novel TOP HARD.

    A former newspaper journalist, Stephen Booth was born in the Lancashire mill town of Burnley and brought up by the sea in Blackpool. He attended Birmingham City University and worked on local newspapers in in the North and Midlands before his first novel BLACK DOG was published in 2000. He lives in Nottinghamshire.

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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Cooper and Fry mystery 25 Feb. 2012
    By Marleen
    When a woman is found dead in her kitchen, with her husband severely injured in the living room, it appears to Detective Sergeant Ben Cooper and his colleagues that they're dealing with a home invasion and robbery gone wrong. The surrounding area has seen lots of break-ins in the recent past, all credited to a gang named the Savages by the press, and although those earlier crimes didn't involved murder, this one appears to fit the profile.
    Riddings, the village in which the crime has taken place is a very affluent place with expensive properties and lots of security and privacy measures, yet no one appears to have seen or heard anything, apart from one man, the self-appointed neighbourhood watcher. It is also an area with lots of spoken and unspoken tension and resentment between neighbours.
    When another break-in takes place, resulting in one person dying from fright, Ben Cooper starts to have doubts about the Savages being involved. His hunches have been spot on in the past, but he knows not to share them until he can find some prove. He is convinced though that the reason behind these attacks should be sought in Riddings itself, and not in some outside gang.
    In the end, it will be surrounding area and specifically the sinister mountain ridge called the Devil's Edge which will provide the answers Cooper needs, as well as a dramatic finale and one more death.
    Meanwhile Diane Fry has been side-lined and finds herself going to workshops about police reorganisation. When disaster strikes close to Ben Cooper's life though, it will be Fry who oversees the case and provides the answers, with Cooper having to worry from far away.

    Stephen Booth's Cooper and Fry mysteries are always well plotted and realistic.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Edge 1 Oct. 2011
    Devil's Edge is a fairly insular world, defined, geographically at least, by the cliff edges which surround it. This book is, in a similar way, equally circumscribed. As the reader is told on the opening page, "It was one of the drawbacks of living in the countryside. Too much of the outside world intruding. Too many things it was impossible to keep out." In this novel, the outside world, and the aspects of it one would most like to keep out, intrudes in the worst way. On the eastern fringe of the Peak District, in the village of Riddings, in rural Derbyshire, there has been a rash of break-ins. The burglars have been dubbed The Savages by the press. The newest incidents escalate the anxiety when they suddenly turn deadly. The author speaks of the residents having sought sanctuary in the rural haven, noting, however, that "everyone had monsters in their lives." Suspicion turns from looking for an outside group of burglars to someone from within the community, targeting the victims, for reasons far more personal.

    Recently promoted D.S. Ben Cooper is assigned the investigation. He, particularly, believes it is not the work of The Savages, being much more meticulously planned and leaving no trace of the culprit[s].

    D.S. Diane Fry, formerly with the West Midlands Police "in the days before she transferred to yokel land," is brought back into the squad to take over the investigation after an almost unimaginable turn of events changes Ben Cooper's life forever. Despite the past ambivalence of their relationship, where they were both vying for the same promotion, their usually well-concealed respect for each other is here on display.

    The author's descriptions bring the land to palpable life, e.g., "the distant rocky outcrops seemed to change shape.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 26 July 2012
    By Anne
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is the first Booth book I have read. I will definitely be downloading more, although I would probably recommend not starting with this one as there were too many allusions to past events and interactions between the characters which got a bit in the way of the plot.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Devils Edge 1 Mar. 2013
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    As always an exceptionally good read by one of my favourite authors. If you like crime fiction I recommend Steven Booth as he really brings his characters to life.
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    2.0 out of 5 stars Did I miss a book? 24 Feb. 2014
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    I finished Lost River two hours ago, very pleased that Booth was getting back to subject he knows about and showed a very interesting psychological presentation of the changing priorities in Ben Cooper's relationship with Diane Fry. Now I'm on to The Devil's Edge and I am wondering who wrote this book as it bears no semblance to any book following Lost River. Who wrote it? A successor to Agatha Christie? The quite short list of suspects, all which are suspected one after another is similar to her early type of crime fiction although the final denouement is badly put and we don't really get to know who the murderer's assistant really is: the 'savages' or a copycat? But it is not that which disappoints me and puzzles me so much.

    There's a lot I like about Stephen Booth's books (except his travel book rendition of his Derbyshire ramblings) to like, although none of his subsequent books ever came close to his first novel Black Dog, but what really annoyed me in The Devil's Edge is that after the very believable maturing of Diane Fry in Lost River where after facing the demons of her past - and getting help from the one man she trusts and who trusts her, Ben Cooper - she finally comes to the right conclusion that she has grown away from Birmingham and the West Midlands, and that her choice of home is now Derbyshire, half an hour (30 pages) into Devil's Edge Fry rides her old and increasingly irritating hobby horse of wanting to get back to the West Midlands again.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very good value. Good story.recommended
    Published 9 days ago by Thomas B. Curry
    3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing read.
    I have read all of Stephen Booth's books and enjoyed them. However, I found this to be a very weak plot, with rather too much geographical detail for my liking. Disappointing!
    Published 2 months ago by Chrissie Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Loved every page
    . Brilliant. Loved every page.
    Valerie A. Gale
    Published 3 months ago by V A Gale
    5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Addition To The Cooper & Fry Series
    If you've enjoyed the other books in Stephen Booth's excellent series of books,featuring Ben Cooper & Diane Fry,as I have,then,I guarantee,you certainly won't be disappointed.
    Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    love the series
    Published 5 months ago by Marguerite Pollard
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series of books
    As per my comments for "The Corpse Bridge."
    Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Another good read from Stephen Fry, keep them coming
    Published 6 months ago by SCOTTY41
    1.0 out of 5 stars Deadly, but not in a good way.
    This was the first Stephen Booth book I have read and it will definitely be the last. Clunky dialogue, unappealing characters, no atmosphere - by the time I reached the end I just... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Jean
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    We have enjoyed Stephen Booth's books in the past. While diverting, this was not his best
    Published 8 months ago by A. Betts
    5.0 out of 5 stars As usual with Stephen Booth, this is certainly "up ...
    As usual with Stephen Booth, this is certainly "up to scratch". I always look forward to his books and this is no exception.
    Published 8 months ago by david ball
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