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Secrets of Death: A Cooper and Fry Mystery (Cooper & Fry Mysteries) by [Booth, Stephen]
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Secrets of Death: A Cooper and Fry Mystery (Cooper & Fry Mysteries) Kindle Edition

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Utterly compelling, and told with stark authority, it is a British police procedural that bristles with reality and humanity on every page. This is crime writing of the finest quality. (Daily Mail)

Stephen Booth's writing is such a pleasure to read and I enjoy so much spending time with his characters in such a beautiful location, the mystery expertly revealed bit by bit. I love this series. Long may it continue. (For Winter Nights)

I'd rather given up hope of finding a decent police procedural series which was already well established and had a decent back catalogue to get my teeth into: this series shows that you're never too old to learn. (The Bookbag)

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Steeped in the atmosphere of the stunning Peak District, Secrets of Death is master crime writer Stephen Booth's most daring and clever Cooper & Fry thriller yet.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1107 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Witness Impulse (4 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NAKST6B
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
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The Peak District contains so many places of outstanding beauty that it can be hardly a surprise that some people choose it for their final hours. Roger Farrell chose the quiet car park of an information centre, the perfect place to watch his last breathtaking sunset. His remains, distorted by the gas he chose, are found in his car the next day, becoming another member of that exclusive club – the Suicide Tourists. But Detective Inspector Ben Cooper is suspicious. Farrell’s death is proving to be one too many. Outsiders have been found dead in picturesque parts of the Peaks far too often over recent weeks. And when Cooper finds inside the car a small card with Secrets of Death written on it, along with what looks like an online password, Cooper realises that his fears may be vindicated.

Secrets of Death is the sixteenth novel in Stephen Booth’s wonderful Cooper and Fry crime series. I’m relatively new to this series, having previously read only the last novel, The Murder Road (in my defence, I have since bought five others), and just like that one Secrets of Death works well on its own if this is where you’d like to begin. Where beginners like myself do lose out is on the relationship between Cooper and DS Diana Fry who is now working on serious crimes in Nottingham. Fry has a larger role in this novel than the last – thanks to Roger Farrell – and I’m becoming increasingly intrigued by her.

Cooper’s investigation, his method of working, and his professional relationship with his team, including its newest members, are the main appeal of these novels, more so, I’d argue, than the crimes themselves. This is saying something because the crimes are fascinating, intriguing and rather unusual. The case here certainly is.
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I've read all the preceeding Cooper and Fry's and loved most of them but this was disappointing. There are no meaningful relationships any more, no interesting sidelines other than some disjointed plotlines that either weren't tied up or had no useful purpose whatsoever. I felt that the actual story waffled on for 75% of the book and then started to take my interest, but even the ending was rather wooly. There is so much potential with these characters, I just dont understand why it's not being used. I bought this book without looking at the reviews as it is
usually a given that it will be good but I shall be a little more
circumspect with the next one.
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I really enjoy. this series as a rule but found this weak although a very different crime novel. The characters are as well portrayed as usual and the setting also so important but I will probably
Wait for longer before reading another in this series.
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An interesting idea that deserves 5 stars but uninspired writing that deserves 1 star. The thin story line is padded with a travelogue that could have been written by the Peak District Tourist Board. The principal characters don't come off the page and engage. There are a lot of loose ends and character plot lines that aren't tied up. Fascinating thesis but as a story it is weighed down with police having unlikely dialogues on the meaning of death and those endless descriptions of Derbyshire beauty spots.
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Like many Stephen Booth fans, I look forward his latest books however, I have to confess that I felt this book was weak.
Whilst it's important to describe scenery/background etc, this went on for too long and just waffled on.
Only by page 350 or so did the story really get started but then it was over in a flash!
Just wasn't "meaty" enough compared to his previous books.
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An excellent read if a creepy storyline. My problem with Stephen Booth is that I am always left wanting. As soon as I've finished one I want to read the next one! As always with the characters, Cooper I want to be happy whilst Fry I just want to slap.
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Sorry to say that I was disappointed with Stephen booth's latest book I think he has run out of steam. In previous books he developed the main characters but in this one he failed and also failed in his normally very powerful descriptions of the peak district
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Having read all of the previous Cooper and Fry books I advance ordered this one and was somewhat disappointed .
The plot was pedestrian and the outcome predictable.
A deviation from a normally very high standard
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