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Already Dead (Cooper and Fry Book 13) by Stephen Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars Derbyshire crime series., 17 July 2014
If you have never read the Cooper and Fry series I wouldn't think this is the first to read as it depends on you having read the one immediately before it. Not wishing to spoil the end of that it's difficult to talk about the plot of this without giving things away. However as usual we are in NW Derbyshire in the Dark Peak with some bodies. Fry has been brought back to run an inquiry and as usual would rather be in urban Birmingham, but Cooper is on sick leave and there's some issues about whether he'll return. The red herrings about the bodies are as nothing besides the red herrings about Cooper and what he's up to. Booth's work has greatly improved and tightened over the series and this… Read more
Follow Me Home: (Talyton St George) (Talyton St Ge&hellip by Cathy Woodman
4.0 out of 5 stars Cows in Devon, 17 July 2014
I always enjoy Cathy's books and the interesting bit here was a new animal- looking after cows. I must admit they are not my favourite beast being somewhat dominating on walks however this story was fascinating about the problems of running a local farm in deepest Devon with little help. I found the male romantic lead a little anonymous but the female farmer was someone most people would warm to easily.
Treachery by S. J. Parris
Treachery by S. J. Parris
5.0 out of 5 stars Parris gets better, 17 Mar 2014
This is the 5th in the series based around the excommunicated monk/detective who actually lived in these times. I found this just as good as the fourth based around Canterbury-this one is based in Plymouth and the second world voyage of Sir Francis Drake, with Spain presenting a real problem. I have enjoyed all the books but do feel Parris has improved them as the later two have far less on philosophical musings on the cosmos and far more sense of the nitty gritty of Elizabeth life-its poor as well as rich, and in this one the lives of sailors. I originally started reading them because I enjoyed C.J.Sansom's books and these lack their depth but are still well researched and well worth… Read more

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