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Author Stephen Booth
Author Stephen Booth

A local author is back on the bestseller list with the release of his latest paperback.

Secrets Of Death, by crime writer Stephen Booth, who lives at Laxton, is the 16th novel in his award-winning series about police officers, Detective Inspector Ben Cooper and Detective Sergeant Diane Fry.

It was the highest new entry in the UK Official Top 50 last week, coming in at number 29.

In Stephen’s latest novel a spate of dead bodies are found at popular Peak District beauty spots.

For DI Cooper and his team, there is no way of knowing where the next body will turn up, and his suspicion is that someone is orchestrating a series of apparent suicides.

Meanwhile DS Fry, based in Nottingham with the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, has a missing suspect. The two are forced to work together again to solve the case.

“Writing Secrets Of Death allowed me to use some of my favourite locations in the Peak District, such as Monsal Head and Surprise View near Hathersage — though not for the usual purposes,” said Stephen.

“As well as the locations, the characters of Ben Cooper and Diane Fry are a major factor bringing readers back to read more and more books in the series.

“People get very involved in their lives, and in this novel there are changes ahead for both characters.”

Stephen is a former local newspaper journalist who has been writing crime fiction full-time for 16 years.

His Cooper and Fry novels have won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Crime Writers’ Association’s Dagger In The Library Award in the UK, and two Barry Awards for Best British Crime Novel in the US.

DI Cooper was also a finalist for the Sherlock Award for the best detective created by a British author.

Stephen’s books now sell all over the world and have been translated into 16 languages, including Russian and Japanese.

His next Cooper and Fry novel, Dead In The Dark, is due for publication in July.

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