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The Corpse Bridge (Cooper and Fry) [Hardcover]

Stephen Booth
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19 Jun 2014 Cooper and Fry (Book 14)

The old Corpse Bridge is the route taken for centuries by mourners from villages on the western fringes of Derbyshire to a burial ground across the River Dove, now absorbed into the landscaped parkland of a stately home. When Earl Manby, the landowner, announces plans to deconsecrate the burial ground to turn it into a car park for his holiday cottages, bodies begin to appear once again on the road to the Corpse Bridge. Is there a connection with the Earl's plans? Or worse, is there a terrifying serial killer at work?

Back in his job after the traumatic events of previous months, Detective Sergeant Ben Cooper knows that he must unravel the mystery of the Corpse Bridge if he's going to be able to move on with his life. As the pressure builds, Ben doesn't know who he can trust and, when the case reaches breaking point, he has to make a call that could put everything - and everyone - at risk...

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; First Edition edition (19 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751551732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751551730
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,269 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 is THE CORPSE BRIDGE.

A former newspaper journalist, Stephen 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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Booth skilfully portrays a stunning landscape with a dark heart that conceals secrets, vendettas and revenge. (Daily Mail on THE CORPSE BRIDGE)

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The brilliant new thriller starring DS Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cooper and Fry....still going strong. 30 Jun 2014
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Cooper and Fry – I’ve been with them since the start, I adore these stories, their setting, the characters and the always compelling mysteries. This one was no exception, it hooked me in immediately, put me firmly in the Peak District (a place I have never visited which must be rectified) and gave me a lovely weekend read.

In this instalment Ben is coming to terms with a tragedy and Diane is looking forward to being back in a city environment – when a body is discovered near the Corpse Bridge she is drawn back to work with Ben once more.

The absolutely best thing about Mr Booth’s novels is the ongoing ever changing relationships of the people we meet each time – Diane and Ben have a quirky unusual relationship that is ever ebbing and flowing, it keeps things interesting throughout. Everyone surrounding them are equally intriguing, you are more than happy to keep having a peek into their lives. On top of that, the crime and mystery elements are always extremely intelligent and keep you on your toes. Atmospherically speaking the sense of place is perfect. I may never have visited the Peak District but I FEEL like I have. I also think when I do go that it will all be very familiar.

Any of these novels could be read as a standalone but I recommend reading in order where possible – whilst each investigation is self contained the journey of the characters will pack a more emotional punch if you can see where they have been. The ending of this one was wonderful – I cannot wait for what comes next. The one issue of course when you read a book from a favourite series – there is always a seemingly endless wait for the next. Sigh. Chronic Impatience!

**thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy***
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3.0 out of 5 stars Revived Storyline. 16 July 2014
By Pigwin
Stephen Booth's crime novels featuring detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry are very well crafted with, for the most part, gripping plots. The Corpse Bridge is the 14th outing for the detective duo and continues the thread of the previous 2 novels i.e. Ben Cooper is still trying to come to terms with the horrific events which took place in Dead and Buried and continued to affect him in Already Dead.

The Bridge of the title is part of an ancient route taken by mourners from outlying villages in the Peak District to a burial ground on the other side of the river Dove. This cemetery is now part of Earl Manby's estate and he plans to de-consecrate the burial ground in order to build a car park in its place but then bodies begin to appear...

While the plot moves quite slowly, Booth's love and knowledge of the Peak District is what sets his novels apart from many contemporary writers of detective fiction. This is probably the main the reason I am always so eager to buy his books as they appear in print; another reason is that Booth has created two very complex, difficult, prickly and intriguing characters in Cooper and Fry and it is this evolving relationship, more than the plots of the individual novels, that drive the series forward and this is why I am awarding The corpse Bridge 4 stars.

Just when Fry and Cooper's collaboration appears to be at an impasse Booth cleverly turns everything on its head and having become quite frustrated with both both characters and their interaction or lack thereof, my interest was suddenly piqued yet again.

All in all this is a most enjoyable read with the Peak District, quite rightly, taking centre stage and forming a perfect setting for the Cooper and Fry adventures!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As ever, gripping and brilliant 19 Jun 2014
By BookAddictShaun TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I was very excited to get a review copy of this book and couldn't wait to get stuck in. There are a number of British crime authors whose books I eagerly anticipate each year and Stephen Booth is one of them. A lot of my crime fiction reads take place in London and the US but Booth's are set in the Peak District and are some of my favourites. He really captures his settings and is extremely knowledgable about what he's talking about. Often an author will set their book in a place and apart from a few place names it could be set anywhere. Booth knows his area and it's almost like you are there for real when you read the book.

Picking up a Cooper and Fry book is like getting reacquainted with old friends. After the events of previous books Ben is in a bad way and is trying to get his life back on track. Even the scenes of normality, him in his house for example reflecting on life are some of my most favourite. He's such a complex and intriguing character that it's fascinating to see what goes on in his mind. You know when you are reading a Booth novel, he has a very distinctive writing style. We see Ben at a crime scene with no build up or explanation, the chapter begins and he is just there. The crime scene is the body of a dead woman on the Corpse Bridge. These chapters were hugely atmospheric as they occurred on Halloween. Even though I was reading in the middle of the day is was very eery. Ben and his colleagues must find out who killed this woman and what the significance of the area is.

Where I think Booth excels over his colleagues is he goes into such detail and history about his scenes. It might not be to some people's tastes, often there can be too much detail but for me it adds depth and realism to the story and authenticity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story line.
Published 1 day ago by Bridget James
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Booth cracker.
Excellent yet again from SB. Love the Derbyshire setting and the character developments.
Published 6 days ago by Jeni Pendree
4.0 out of 5 stars good
I liked all the personal interactions between all the characters whichever side they were on
Published 18 days ago by howgego?
3.0 out of 5 stars Never judge a book..............!
I picked this one up in the library as I was struck by the cover. Several reviewers say they like the fact that the author has such a deep knowledge of the Peak District. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Phil Clayton
5.0 out of 5 stars Number 14 in a great line
Booth makes Derbyshire live along with his characters.
Published 22 days ago by Robbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Booth never disappoints
I always intend to take my time reading the latest Stephen Booth but I'm unable to do so as I can't put it down. Read more
Published 24 days ago by S. Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to see Cooper and Fry getting on better
An intriguing historical tale. Good to see Cooper and Fry getting on better, is there Romance in store for the pair in the next book.
Published 25 days ago by Linda Sykes, Louth
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
I have read every Cooper/Fry in the series and I am never disappointed. Stephen Booth has such an easy way of writing that make his books compulsive reading. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ros H
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As usual very good book
Published 1 month ago by Pamela Jenner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy with this book.
Published 1 month ago by Dragones
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