The Dead Place

The Dead Place

Stephen Booth / Jan 27, 2020

The Dead Place This killing will be a model of perfection An accomplishment to be proud of And it could be tonight or maybe next week But it will be soon I promise The anonymous phone calls indicate a disturbed mind

  • Title: The Dead Place
  • Author: Stephen Booth
  • ISBN: 9780385339063
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This killing will be a model of perfection An accomplishment to be proud of And it could be tonight or maybe next week But it will be soon I promise The anonymous phone calls indicate a disturbed mind with an unnatural passion for death Cooper and Fry are hoping against hope that the caller is just a harmless crank having some sick fun But the clues woven through h This killing will be a model of perfection An accomplishment to be proud of And it could be tonight or maybe next week But it will be soon I promise The anonymous phone calls indicate a disturbed mind with an unnatural passion for death Cooper and Fry are hoping against hope that the caller is just a harmless crank having some sick fun But the clues woven through his disturbing messages point to the possibility of an all too real crime especially when a woman vanishes from an office parking garage.But it s the mystery surrounding an unidentified female corpse left exposed in the woods for over a year that really has the detectives worried Whoever she might have been, the dead woman is linked to the mystery caller, whose description of his twisted death rituals matches the bizarre manner in which the body was found And the mystery only deepens when Cooper obtains a positive I.D and learns that the dead woman was never reported missing and that she definitely wasn t murdered As the killer draws them closer into his confidence, Ben and Diane learn everything about his deadly obsessions except what matters most his identity and the identity of his next victim

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    About "Stephen Booth"

      • Stephen Booth

        A former newspaper journalist, British author Stephen Booth is the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, Ben Cooper and Diane Fry, who have appeared in 17 crime novels, all set in and around England s Peak District The Cooper Fry series has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, and Detective Constable Cooper has been a finalist for the Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British author In 2003 the Crime Writers Association presented Stephen with the Dagger in the Library Award for the author whose books have given readers most pleasure The novels are sold all around the world, with translations in 16 languages The most recent titles are SECRETS OF DEATH and DEAD IN THE DARK, with a new book FALL DOWN DEAD due for publication in August 2018.In recent years, Stephen has become a Library Champion in support of the UK s Love Libraries campaign He s represented British literature at the Helsinki Book Fair in Finland, appeared with Alexander McCall Smith at the Melbourne Writers Festival in Australia, filmed a documentary for 20th Century Fox on the French detective Vidocq, taken part in online chats for World Book Day, taught crime writing courses, and visited prisons to talk to prisoners about writing.


    1. A good, but not a great, book.For me, the only real reason I read these books is because I simply adore the character of Det. Constable Ben Cooper. I don't know, maybe I'm just a sucker for small town English boys who like history, are polite to a fault, have a keen sense of justice, recognize their own shortcomings, and have a cat.If I was going to have an imaginary boyfriend, Ben Cooper would be it.That being said, the overall story is a pretty good mystery, although, for once, I guessed who t [...]

    2. Poor old Ben Cooper has to investigate the death of a woman who is found on the moors decomposing. Inconveniently the records tell us she died in hospital and was buried 18 months earlier!This is another Cooper and Fry book with a solid mystery, good atmospherics and plenty of red herrings along the way. Diane Fry appears considerably more grouchy in this one and Ben has to put up with her moaning. She needs something to cheer up her life - dont know if Mr Booth is planning on that at all!

    3. Sjätte delen i serien om Ben Cooper och Diane Fry blir ingen besvikelse. Alla ingredienser för en intressant historia finns här. Märk väl: intressant. Inte spännande. Det här är ingen rafflande deckare och den som gillar action göre sig icke besvär. Läs mer på min blogg

    4. One of the things I like about Stephen Booth's mysteries is that I always end up learning a lot about some subject that impacts the case—underground cave systems, or Morris dancing, or what-have-you. This time, the subject is death, which would seem to be a given in any murder investigation, but this one gets down to death's nitty gritty. I gleaned some nifty details about modern embalming and cremation as well as ancient burial customs. (I also learned that Churchill's parrot lived to be 105 [...]

    5. This got one star, only because there's nothing lower. If you want a book that tells you way, way too much about what happens when a body decays after death, then I guess this is your book. But, for me, wanting to read a good, English mysteryUGH. Every chapter has an excerpt from a killer's death diary, about how the body decays and deteriorates; and the rest of the chapter, about finding him, is almost worse.

    6. An enjoyable read although the subject is death, dying and decay. Remains of a woman's body are found on a remote Derbyshire hillside and this leads Cooper and Fry on a trail that leads them to more death through a trail of dubious academic experts and corrupt funeral directors. Fry still seems to be trying to put Cooper down all the time and then appears jealous of his new love interest.Criticism, the book is over long.

    7. The Dead Place is a Cooper and Fry mystery by Stephen Booth. I liked the first two books in this series, but have missed several. Creepy anonymous phone calls to the police, a morbid fascination with death, a funeral home full of suspects, a professor specializing in death rituals, plenty of detail about what happens to the body following death, more than enough about preparing a body for viewing at a funeral home. I'm glad, my husband and I have chosen cremation. (Although, I despise the term " [...]

    8. Since the books in this series can stand alone (except for the personal details about the main character's life, which I am not particularly interested in), I have not bothered looking for and reading them in the right order.My two-cent for just this book: I liked the plot in overall, however I did find it a bit too length-y, the details were unnecessarily stretched out abit. I also saw that there were many people, down in the review section, saying that this book has too much details about what [...]

    9. Too creepy for me. Too much reveling in rolling around in the icky stuff. I don't need my mysteries cozy, though I like those too, but this novel had a creepy vibe that made me skip through a bunch of stuff I just didnt need to know. The only good point for me was that several characters, including Cooper, finally call Fry on her incessant, uncalled for snottiness to civilians and coworkers. Not that I expect her behavior to change much in the next book(s), but at least I'm not left wondering wh [...]

    10. I enjoyed the beginning of the book but then the pace of the book feels like a meander through an investigation and lacks real drama. I also feel the author could have developed the relationship between the two main characters Ben Cooper & Diane Fry much more. I have not read any of the other books in the series which may have been a disadvantage.

    11. RATING: 3.25Although not given to pursuing wild goose chases, Detective Sergeant Diane Fry is spending a lot of time trying to nail down the disturbed individual who is making anonymous calls with promises of murders to come, and providing intellectually obscure clues that have to do with "the dead place", a location which means something to the caller but is maddeningly hidden to the police.At the same time, Detective Constable Ben Cooper is following the threads of another mystery and trying t [...]

    12. I thought I had read a book in this series before but when I checked, I didn't see Booth's name on my list. Must have been several years ago, or I've just heard so much about the series that I was mistaken. This Cooper and Fry series is popular and successful of course, but I was a bit disappointed with this particular story,First, Cooper and Fry. I do like Cooper. He's a thinker, compassionate toward people and animals, has a good detective's intuition, and seems easy to get along with. Fry, on [...]

    13. Originally posted here: peskypiksipesternomi.The last time I was this addicted to a book series was Harry Potter, and considering the Potter-fanatic that I am, that's saying something. The thing I love the most about these Cooper and Fry books, which may be classified as police procedural, is that they are all about the characters. Like Stephen King, Booth manages to dive right into people's minds and build true to life characters. You don't always like them nor agree with them, especially not D [...]

    14. The rugged, isolating mountains of the Peak District are again the setting for police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry. This author writes quality books, dripping with cold, wet details. A skeletal set of remains is discovered in woods, but the woman has not been reported missing. A weirdo phones the cop-shop from a village call-box to rant about killing. A woman, having worked late, is followed through a multi-storey car park. DS Fry leaves the more usual murder, where a council house man ba [...]

    15. I read recently that this series featuring Diane Fry and Ben Cooper, two police detectives in Derbyshire, England, is popular in Canada. It's nice to know I'm amongst much company. But I'm not surprised. This is British to the core but not in a stereotypical way. Instead the characters are nuanced, they grow from book to book, they create conflict through their personality quirks and because of their past history. There is never a dull moment in any of these books so far, including The Dead Plac [...]

    16. My latest read in the Cooper/Fry series by Stephen Booth and so far, I have loved this series. This one however, was the weakest link. I think he is still doing great work on the characters stories and the relationship between Ben Cooper and Diane Fry, but the plot here was not as good as previous books. The dialogue was once again peppered with some great wit and humor, I particularly love the Gavin Murfin character. His love of food is legendary and hilarious. This story was centered on the di [...]

    17. This was another long read for me. I think this book seemed a little longer than it actually was because I found myself rereading parts at times. Now, don't take that the wrong way. I wasn't rereading them because I didn't understand them. I had to go back to reread certain parts because I thought I missed something I should have picked up on. Now, in my book, that is a good thing.This is unique to me because I haven't really read many books like this. Now, I have never read any of the other boo [...]

    18. “This killing will be a model of perfection. An accomplishment to be proud of. And it could be tonight or maybe next week. But it will be soon. I promise.”The anonymous phone calls indicate a disturbed mind with an unnatural passion for death. Cooper and Fry are hoping against hope that the caller is just a harmless crank having some sick fun. But the clues woven through his disturbing messages point to the possibility of an all-too-real crime . . . especially when a woman vanishes from an o [...]

    19. *I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*I haven’t read a proper crime novel in a long time so was a little dubious as to whether I’d actually enjoy this story. I was pleasantly surprised to find that although I wasn’t as enthralled as I am by the Paranormal Fiction/Romance genre, I was drawn in by the mystery and suspense.Have you ever sat and watched the likes of “Midsomer Murders” or “Inspector Morse”? Well, for me, this book is just as good as those tv s [...]

    20. #6 DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry mystery set in the Peak District of England. Once again, two cases end up tangled together. A strange caller rambles on about death, looking for 'the dead place,' quoting poetry and literary sources and makes it known how special they think the moment of death is. The call is made with a voice changer, and calls are made from public phones, often in the vicinity of where a funeral is taking place. And they promise that a death is coming. Is this a funeral home e [...]

    21. This is another long novel in the series.British novels seem to run longer than American ones and devote many words to description. Elizabeth George does it with emotions, exploring in detail every nuance of each one. Booth does it with landscapes, providing more detail about them than is necessary. The same novels written for a primarily America audience probably would be 200 to 300 pages shorter.The friction between Cooper and Fry continues in this novel and it seems to come mostly from Fry’ [...]

    22. A little bit odd this one and didnt feel too much like a police procedural.Quite morbid - as its everything about death. Fry is receiving anonymous phone messages from a potential killer - not sure how she gets away with spending so much time investigating it, as it could be a hoax but still. Cooper is involved with the discovery off bones in a part of the world that is opened up to right to roam.Cue a long and protracted investigation which is maticously researched but strangely lacking in dram [...]

    23. Wonderful descriptive detail gives an atmosphere that is dark and chilling. Detective Diane Fry is a character who appears to be deeply psychologically affected by the calls and who finds herself fixated on finding the threatening caller. DC Ben Cooper finds himself dealing with death in ways very personal to him. In depth characterization gives you a good sense of what makes these two tick and brings about an interest in learning more about them. Cooper appears to be a smart and caring detectiv [...]

    24. 3.5 Stars. This was quite a puzzling book for me to rate. I did enjoy the book, but at points it didn't fully hold my interest, partially I think because there didn't seem enough about an investigation of a murder, or enough about the private lives of the characters. However, if you want to know more about the process of the bodies when someone dies it is very interesting, and by that I mean the involvement of undertakers and exactly what they do. Overall this is a good series and it is set in a [...]

    25. If you're in the mood to learn arcane details about funeral rituals and what happens to the body after death, read this book. If your hair stands on end at the idea, stay away. Another strong entry in the Fry/Cooper series, this book has everything you expect from Booth--an intricate plot, mordant humor and tense exchanges between Diane Fry and Ben Cooper. I like Booth's writing because it is descriptive and takes the time necessary to build up a picture of place, detail by detail. I also think [...]

    26. This is the second Stephen Booth I have read and found I still had to work through some of the long descriptions to find the meat of the story, as it were. Again, there are lots of twists and turns and you do not know who the killer is until right at the end. I thought I had guessed correctly, several times but nope, another twist and you were sent down another path. The story keeps you guessing right to the end. I just wish there was less description of the countryside as it goes on for way too [...]

    27. #6 of the Cooper/Fry series. It's pouring rain today and I have no intention of leaving here until it stops in a couple of days! Time for a great, long book!Almost half way through. I've barely had my nose out the door due to the torrential rains and 'erratic' winds! Great days for reading and knitting.What a story. There is so much to think about that I won't be 'finished' with this for some time to come. Examines from many aspects the fact of dying, of death, of the how and the impact of death [...]

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