Dead and Buried Paperback – Jul 31 2012
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Powerful, atmospheric...ingeniously plotted―Reginald Hill
Stephen Booth creates a fine sense of place and atmosphere―Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Stephen Booth is the internationally bestselling, CWA Dagger-winning author of twelve acclaimed thrillers featuring Cooper and Fry. The series is in development as a TV programme. Booth lives in Nottingham.
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The Major Crime Unit is called in, and DS Diane Fry, Ben’s old nemesis, is put in charge. [Diane had been his immediate supervisor before his promotion to detective sergeant.] Diane, for her part, couldn’t be happier that she had, as she thought, put Derbyshire behind her, her career taking her on an upward path - - she has been with the East Midlands Special Operations Unit for six months, and is less than thrilled to be back again. In a bit of one-upsmanship, she soon discovers a dead body in the old abandoned pub - - Ben’s office had received a call about a break-in there, but had yet to investigate.
With Ben’s upcoming marriage to Liz Petty, a civilian crime scene examiner, coming up in a few months, the distraction of the wedding plans in which his fiancée is immersed causes him not a little irritation.Read more ›
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Just when Fry thought she'd finally escaped Edendale, its sheep and all the colleagues she disdained in Edendale's CID, she's dragged back. She's now part of a regional Major Crimes unit, called in when evidence is found relating to the high-profile disappearance of a tourist couple on the moors near Edendale over two years earlier. That disappearance happened in a Christmastime blizzard, which is hard for Ben Cooper's imagination to picture now that it's a hot, dry summer and dangerous moorland fires keep popping up. The investigation takes on a new dimension when a local man is found murdered in the Lighthouse, a now-closed pub that was connected to the disappearance of the couple.
Ben Cooper, newly promoted to Detective Sergeant, is about to be married to Scene of Crime technician Liz Petty, and is a little distracted by all the wedding and house planning. But not so distracted as to fail to be annoyed at being put in an essentially subordinate position to Fry. For him, it's not so much that Diane is in an important position and is running the investigation, as that her elevation hasn't changed Diane a bit. She is still hostile to everyone on the Edendale force, including (or even especially) Ben. She never misses a chance to make sarcastic and demeaning remarks, to dismiss any suggestions made by anyone else and to let everyone know just what she thinks of Edendale and everyone in it. If anything, Diane's bad attitude is worse than ever.
The mystery story here was promising, but I found it too easy to figure out what happened and whodunnit---and I'm usually no genius at that sort of thing. There was a piece of the story line that was just dropped, as if it was a red herring, even though it felt more like an additional thread that would be pursued to a separate conclusion. And the ending was jarringly abrupt.
Booth's writing is vividly descriptive and was put to good use in this story, with the moorland wildfires playing a part throughout the book. Booth's descriptions of the smoke, sometimes insinuating and other times overwhelming and menacing, were evocative. I just wish he'd use his writing power to go somewhere new with Ben Cooper and Diane Fry, especially Fry. She's painted as a talented, but extremely bitter person who tries to make life as miserable for everyone around her as it seems to be for her. I'm just bored and annoyed with her nasty cracks and the way Ben Cooper seethes but never confronts her. We've been there, done that, all too many times at this point. I got the faintest glimmer at the end of the book that this stagnant negative dynamic may be about to change; that Ben's anger may boil over now. I hope that happens and that it's the catalyst for real change in the relationship between these two characters. I'll give Booth one more chance to make that happen.
In this we find the Peak District burning with large wildfires. A body is found in a lone pub located on the moors which closed a few years earlier. Detective Cooper is involved in planning his wedding while working the case as he theorizes that this latest body it tied to the disappearance of two tourists two years earlier. Diane Fry his former partner has been promoted and is in charge of major crimes group. They compete in there attempts to solve both crimes.
The book weaves mostly as a procedural and is very intricately plotted with lots of possible suspects. And the ending does not disappoint and is going to lead readers to look forward to the next book in the series.
My wife was the one who discovered this writer and has books and I got involved when she found no US publisher was distributing his books. I found his email and he sent back a very nice note on where we could find his books on line and we subscribed to his newsletter. He seems very personable and extremely interested in his readers and the good news is that his books have been picked up by a US publisher. (Our copy of Bury the Dead was purchased on a trip to London.) I think if you like a good mystery that is not full of gore and perhaps in the old style of a who done it which also has a couple of interesting lead characters you will enjoy the series.
The Major Crime Unit is called in, and DS Diane Fry, Ben's old nemesis, is put in charge. [Diane had been his immediate supervisor before his promotion to detective sergeant.] Diane, for her part, couldn't be happier that she had, as she thought, put Derbyshire behind her, her career taking her on an upward path - - she has been with the East Midlands Special Operations Unit for six months, and is less than thrilled to be back again. In a bit of one-upsmanship, she soon discovers a dead body in the old abandoned pub - - Ben's office had received a call about a break-in there, but had yet to investigate.
With Ben's upcoming marriage to Liz Petty, a civilian crime scene examiner, coming up in a few months, the distraction of the wedding plans in which his fiancée is immersed causes him not a little irritation. Ben and the rest of his CID team at Derbyshire Constabulary E Division have their hands full, with the two investigations proceeding simultaneously, although Diane makes clear that the old case is her jurisdiction. Behind everything, the raging fires continue, a constant backdrop underlying everything which follows. The author's meticulous descriptions of the landscape make for a visceral sense of place.
Mr. Booth has once again created a suspenseful scenario, with many a twist and turn. This elegantly written novel is the 12th entry in the Cooper and Fry series, and at the end this reader reluctantly closed the book, fervently hoping it won't be the last.
This book has a shocking (if not entirely unexpected) conclusion. I have read all of the books in this series in the last month or so. I can't wait for the next one. I predict that Diane will be promoted to DCI and become Cooper's boss again when his current DCI leaves.