Tuesday, April 8, 2014


I've written a guest blog today over at 'Mystery Fanfare' on the role the Peak District plays in my Cooper & Fry series. Please drop by (and leave a comment too!):


Sunday, April 6, 2014


I'm looking forward to visiting Belper again next month, when I'll be taking part in Belper Arts Festival's 'Author Showcase' on Saturday 3rd May. I'll be at the Strutt's Centre on Derby Road from 10am - 3pm, selling and signing copies of all the Cooper & Fry novels - with plenty of time to chat too!

If you're in that part of Derbyshire, why not call in? There'll be plenty of other things going on, including a craft fair:

The Strutt's Centre is the former Herbert Strutt School, located opposite Babington Hospital on Derby Road, Belper.

Anyone who hasn't visited this small Derbyshire town before might be surprised to known that it's in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Just one of Derbyshire's many attractions!

Also during May, I'll be doing events in Chepstow in Monmouthshire, Wells in Somerset, Bollington in Cheshire, Clumber in Nottinghamshire, and Doncaster in South Yorkshire, as well as appearing at the crime fiction festival CrimeFest in Bristol.

More details for events in May are here:

Friday, March 7, 2014


After a quiet couple of months for events, I have some Spring dates coming up later in March. They include two dates for Leicestershire's 'Words on the Street' festival - at Coalville Library on Friday 14th March (12pm) and at Blaby Library on Monday 24th March (7.30pm).

In between, I'll be in North Wales for the Flintshire ArtsFest, when I'm doing an event at Holywell Library on Friday 21st March (also at 7.30pm). At the end of the month, I'll also be talking to members of the Derby NHS Retirement Fellowship, and taking part in the Writers' Conference at Nottingham University. At the beginning of April I'll be chatting to aspiring writers again when I visit the 'World of Writing and Publishing' course at Derby's Quad arts centre.

More bookings are steadily coming in for events this summer. In May, I'll be attending CrimeFest in Bristol for the first time in a few years. Do say 'hello' if you're going to be there! Then there are festival events during May in Bollington, Cheshire, and Doncaster, South Yorkshire. 

More locally, in Nottinghamshire, I'll be doing a special event in the form of a Literary Lunch at the Clumber Park Hotel in the heart of the county's Dukeries area. Also appearing will be Samantha Priestley, author of 'Despite Losing it on Finkle Street', and the event is organised in conjunction with one of my favourite independent bookshops, Bookworm of Retford. The event coincides with the paperback release of the 13th Cooper & Fry novel ALREADY DEAD on 22nd May.

FRIDAY 14th MARCH, 12pm
Coalville Library, High Street, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3EA - talk to readers for Leicestershire's 'Words on the Street' Festival. Tickets £3, booking essential. Tel: 0116 305 3565 or email: coalvillelibrary@leics.gov.uk

FRIDAY 21st MARCH, 7.30pm
Holywell Library, North Road, Holywell, Flintshire CH8 7TQ - talk to readers for Flintshire Arts Festival.
Tickets £4, available from Holywell Library on 01352 713157 (booking essential).

MONDAY 24th MARCH, 7pm
Blaby Library, Lutterworth Road, Blaby, Leicestershire LE8 4DW - talk to readers for Leicestershire's 'Words on the Street' Festival. Tickets £3 (including refreshments), booking essential. Tel: 0116 305 3516 or email: blabylibrary@leics.gov.uk

FRIDAY 28th MARCH, 2.30pm
Mickleover Country Club, Derby - talk to members of Derby NHS Retirement Fellowship.

SATURDAY 29th MARCH, 9.30am onwards      ** Now sold out **
Writers' Conference, Portland Building, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD - panel on 'Building Your Audience'. Conference details: http://writingeastmidlands.co.uk/projects/the_writers_conference/

CrimeFest, Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TA.
website: http://www.crimefest.com/

WEDNESDAY 21st MAY, 7.30pm
Bollington Arts Festival, Bollington Arts Centre, Wellington Road, Bollington, Cheshire SK10 5JR - author evening. Tickets £8, book online here:


THURSDAY 22nd MAY, 12.30 for 1pm
Clumber Park Hotel, Blyth Road, near Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 3PA - literary lunch, talk and book signing, in conjunction with Bookworm, Retford (with Samantha Priestley, author of 'Despite Losing it on Finkle Street'). Tickets £18.50 including two-course lunch and coffee, available from the Clumber Park Hotel on 01623 835333 or from Bookworm on 01777 869224.
Hotel website: http://www.clumberparkhotel.com/
Email: enquiries@clumberparkhotel.com

TUESDAY 27th MAY, 7pm
Doncaster Literary Festival, Doncaster Central Library, Waterdale, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN1 3JE - talk to readers. Details to follow.

Trent Lock Golf Club, Sawley, Derbyshire NG10 2FY - talk to members of Long Eaton Ladies Luncheon Club.

FRIDAY 20th JUNE, time tbc
Gedling Book Festival, Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 6LU - talk and signing (in conjunction with New Writers UK). Details to follow.

SATURDAY 21st JUNE, 10am - 12noon
Bookworm bookshop, Spa Lane, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 6EA - signing for the 14th Cooper & Fry novel THE CORPSE BRIDGE.
Phone 01777 869224 or email:
website: http://www.bookwormretford.co.uk/

SATURDAY 21st JUNE, 2.30 - 4.30pm
Scarthin Books, The Promenade, Cromford, Derbyshire DE4 3QF - signing for the 14th Cooper & Fry novel THE CORPSE BRIDGE.
Phone 01629 823272 or email:
website: http://www.scarthinbooks.com/

Waterstones, 78-80 Peter Street, Derby DE1 1SR - talk and signing for the 14th Cooper & Fry novel THE CORPSE BRIDGE.
Phone 01332 296997

SATURDAY 28th JUNE, time tbc
BeaconLit Festival, Brookmead School, High St, Ivinghoe, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 9EX - crime panel. Festival website: http://www.beaconlit.co.uk/

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Number 1 ebook bestseller!

I'm chuffed to bits to say that the first novel in my Cooper & Fry series BLACK DOG has hit the number 1 spot on Barnes & Noble's ebook bestseller list. Not bad for a book that was first published 14 years ago!


Also available for the Kindle:

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Special Nook Daily Find - BLACK DOG

Online at Barnes & Noble - today's special NOOK Daily Find includes BLACK DOG from Stephen Booth, "the author of the fan-favorite Cooper & Fry series". Download this bargain now at just $0.99!

Thursday, January 16, 2014


 A story of guilt, sacrifice & redemption in a snowy Peak District winter.
One of my personal favourites in the Cooper & Fry series, BLOOD ON THE TONGUE, is currently available to download at just $0.99 in its brand new Witness Impulse ebook edition for the USA. Another bargain!
It's a new year for Ben Cooper and Diane Fry, and that means new mysteries to solve in the icy depths of a bitter winter.
It isn't the easiest way to commit suicide, but the dead woman seems to have simply curled up in the freezing snow and lain there until her heart stopped. There was no one to observe her death but the foxes and the hares. Yet she is riddled with bruises. Her demise is horrifying. Is it also suspicious?

When two more bodies are found, Cooper and Fry begin to wonder whether these tragedies are connected - and whether they will survive the winter…

"A story full of emotion and atmosphere" - a review of BLOOD ON THE TONGUE from 'Mystery Sequels': mysterysequels.com/blood-on-the-t


Thursday, January 2, 2014


The 1st Cooper & Fry novel BLACK DOG is currently just 99 cents in Amazon's Monthly Kindle Deals promotion for January in the USA. US readers should grab a bargain now while it lasts!


For UK Kindle readers, BLACK DOG is still at the sale price of £1.99 for a couple of days yet in Amazon UK's '12 Days of Kindle' promotion.

It sounds like a great time to encourage your friends to discover the Cooper & Fry series!