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Published by Sphere, 16 August 2018. ISBN:
Having returned to Edendale
Police station following a call out to a domestic stabbing to which the husband
of the victim had immediately confessed, DI Ben Cooperhas barely sat himself down at his desk when
news comes in of a group of walkers lost on Kinder Scout.
As well as being the highest point in the peak district and
offering amazing views, Kinder Scout has also been responsible for many deaths
over the years. It’s easy to get lost on it and, additionally, fog can descend
very suddenly.News comes in from the
MRT, the Peak District Mountain Rescue Team which had been formed in the 1960’s
when three young Rover Scouts had lost their lives on Kinder, that a party of
twelve have been located. One casualty has been taken to hospital with a suspected
broken ankle.At this point one of the
group say ‘Where’s Faith?’
Following an exhaustive search Faith’sbody is finally located at
the foot of one of the highest rocks ‘Dead Woman’s Drop’.Although Faith’s death could be accidental it
is classed as an ‘unexplained death’ and the investigation falls to Ben.
The New Trespassers walking Group, as Ben discovers they call
themselves, was founded by Darius Roth, a relatively well-off chap who says he
has links to a member of the original Kinder Mass Trespass of 1932.After interviewing the members of the group
Ben can’t imagine what they actually have in common. But as he pieces together
what happened on Kinder Scout he becomes certain one them is a killer.
Meanwhile, what of DS Diane Fry, who has eventually managed to get
transferred out of Edendale, a place she totally despised. Well suddenly finds
herself summons to a meeting with The Professional Standards Department who
deal with gross misconduct.She racks
her brains as to what she could possibly have done that has now returned to
bite her. Could it be related to her sister who was at one time heavily into
Fall Down Dead is the 18th book in the series.We met DC Ben Cooper and DC Diane Fry, who
had been transferred to Edendale, in the first book Black Dog.They come from very different backgrounds and
from the off their relationship was prickly and at times quite difficult. While
Ben had a happy and secure family background, Diane had the opposite. But
long-time readers of this excellent series will know that all has not been
plain sailing for Ben Cooper, he too has had his tragedies. Despite the ups and
downs of their odd relationship, will Diane now turn to Ben in what could turn
out to be catastrophic for her career, if it’s about what she suspects it might
A compelling read with
well-developed characters, one of the most forceful being the Peak District
itself which is an atmospheric theme that runs through all the books in this
renowned series. Equally fascinating was the way the background to the group of
hikers was revealed, and eventually the killer was unmasked. But I didn’t guess
who! Most highly recommended.
Stephen Booth was born in the English Pennine mill town of Burnley. He was brought up
on the Lancashire coast at Blackpool, where he attended Arnold School.
He began his career in journalism by editing his school magazine and wrote his
first novel at the age of 12. After graduating from City of Birmingham
Polytechnic (now Birmingham University), Stephen moved to Manchester to train
as a teacher, but escaped from the profession after a terrifying spell as a
trainee teacher in a big city comprehensive school. Starting work on his first newspaper in
in 1974, Stephen was a specialist rugby union reporter, as well as working
night shifts as a sub-editor on the Daily
Express and The Guardian. This
was followed by periods with local newspapers in Yorkshire,
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. He was at various times Production Editor of
the Farming Guardian magazine,
Regional Secretary of the British Guild of Editors, and one of the UK's
first qualified assessors for the NVQ in Production Journalism. Freelance work began with rugby reports for
national newspapers and local radio stations. Stephen has also had articles and
photographs published in a wide range of specialist magazines, from Scottish Memories to Countrylovers Magazine, from Cat World to Canal and Riverboat, andone short story broadcast on BBC radio. In 1999, his writing
career changed direction when, in rapid succession, he was shortlisted for the
Dundee Bool Prize and the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger competition
for new writers, then won the £5,000 Lichfield Prize for his unpublished novel The Only Dead Thingand signed
a two-book contract with HarperCollins for a series of crime novels. In 2000, Stephen's first published novel, Black
Dog, marked the arrival in print of his best-known creations - two young
Derbyshire police detectives, DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry. Black Dog
was the named by the London Evening Standard as one of the six best
crime novels of the year - the only book on their list written by a British author.
In the USA, it won the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel. The second
Cooper & Fry novel, Dancing with the Virgins, was shortlisted for
the UK's top crime writing award, the Gold Dagger, and went on to win Stephen a
Barry Award for the second year running. The publication of Blind to
the Bones that year resulted in Stephen winning the Crime Writers'
Association's 'Dagger in the Library' Award, presented to the author whose
books have given readers most pleasure. All the books are set in England's
beautiful and atmospheric Peak District.