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Dying to Sin Hardcover – 3 Sep 2007

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Edition edition (3 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007243421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007243426
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 767,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Visit the author's website at: http://www.stephen-booth.com

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Praise for 'Scared to Live':

'It's easy to see why Stephen Booth's novels are so popular. The Peak District's awesome scenery is an ideal background for a murder or two; he has developed his two principal characters into rounded personalities and he always gives them an intriguing mystery to investigate' Sunday Telegraph

'A modern master of rural noir' Guardian

'Booth's aim is to portray the darkness that lies below the surface… in this he succeeds wonderfully well' Mark Billingham, Daily Mail

'Ingenious plotting and richly atmospheric' Reginald Hill

Praise for Stephen Booth:

'Stephen Booth creates a fine sense of place and atmosphere … the unguessable solution to the crime comes as a real surprise' Sunday Telegraph

'The complex relationship between [Cooper and Fry] is excellently drawn, and is combined with an intriguing plot and a real sense of place: Stephen Booth is an author to keep an eye on' Evening Standard

'In this atmospheric debut, Stephen Booth makes high summer in Derbyshire as dark and terrifying as midwinter' Val McDermid

'Best crime novel of the year' Independent

About the Author

Stephen Booth was born in the Lancashire mill town of Burnley and has remained rooted to the Pennines during his career as a newspaper journalist. He lives with his wife Lesley in a former Georgian dower house in Nottinghamshire and his interests include folklore, the Internet and walking in the hills of the Peak District. This is the eighth in the series featuring Derbyshire detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry.


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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By P. J. A. Jennings on 13 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
A tourist advert for the Peak District of Derbyshire this aint! It's cold, it's wet, it's bleak mid winter and the natives are unfriendly and uncooperative. Detectives Fry and Cooper have two unidentified skeletons on their hands at a deserted farm in the middle of nowhere. Slowly they piece together a tale of crime and violence coupled with superstition and "The Old Religion". Meanwhile the body count starts to rise. To add to their misery, they've a new boss who is out to stamp her authority on the local force.

One gets the impression that maybe this is a bit more like how real police work goes, albeit condensed into a relatively few days. But don't get me wrong, despite the downbeat tone of the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to picking up more of Stephen Booth's novels in this series.
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By DEREK HEATLY on 2 Sept. 2013
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I must agree with some of the other reviews;the story just meanders on and on,I enjoyed his later works in this series.When is the author going to kill off the horrible Diane Fry;no matter what Ben Cooper does or says,it's always wrong or met with sarcasm.Towards the end ,she says she hasn't had sex for months -I didn't think anyone would go near this specimen in her 30 years!!!!
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By Patricia Geary on 22 Oct. 2013
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Love the author, enjoy the continuity of the books and am enjoying getting to know the characters. I will have to start reading the series from the beginning now I have updated my collection!
If you love Peter Robinson's DCI Banks novels, I'm sure you'll enjoy Stephen Booth!
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"Dying to Sin" is simply brilliant. Stephen Booth is a great story-teller and he really draws the reader in. His descriptions of the Peak District provide a great backdrop to this tale which centers around secrecy and superstition in a rural community. I loved it.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Cameron on 19 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have read all of the books in this series, featuring DS Fry and DC Cooper, set in the peak district. I have enjoyed all of the previous novels and looked forward to reading this one. What a disappointment. I got to page 170 and gave up.Nothing much had happened and for once I couldn't care less about the characters, or the fact that i wouldn't find out "whodunnit", The author seemed to be showing off his knowledge of the farming industry by putting lots of information about the workings of a farm, the economy, processes etc into the mouth of the equally boring DC Cooper. It didn't even seem to enhance the "plot". The relationship between DS Fry and her sister, Angela didn't seem to fit with the rest of the book - it was almost like an afterthought to give us some personal relationship stuff - clunking and lightweight.
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I am a big Stephen Booth fan and have never yet been disappointed by one of his books. I know that I can settle down and look forward to a good read, time flies and at the end I know it has been time well spent.
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Once again,Stephen Booth has written a top-class novel,featuring his marvellous creations,Derbyshire detectives,Cooper and Fry.I look forward to reading the other books in the Cooper and Fry series.
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By Anbob on 30 Nov. 2013
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One of my favourite authors, set in Derbyshire where I live. Always a joy to read, get through them far too quickly, could do with being twice the size. Can't praise them enough.
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