Thursday, November 3, 2016


In September the BBC filmed an interview with me as part of their 'Love to Read' campaign, which is running through the autumn to encourage a love of reading and books.

The resulting feature will be aired tonight (Thursday 3rd November) on BBC East Midlands Today, which starts at 6.30pm.

The interview with the BBC's Dominic Heale was filmed partly on Stanton Moor (the inspiration for the 2nd Cooper & Fry novel DANCING WITH THE VIRGINS) and partly in a Peak District pub, the Flying Childers Inn at Stanton-in-Peak.

If you're in the UK, you should be able to catch the programme on the BBC iPlayer.  

Sunday, July 3, 2016


For readers in the Derbyshire area, the last chance this summer to hear me talking about the Peak District locations in the Cooper & Fry series and the new Cooper & Fry novel SECRETS OF DEATH will be on Thursday 14th July at my 'Murder in the Peaks' event for Buxton Festival Fringe. 

This is the first time I'll be taking part in the Fringe, which is one of the highlights of July in Derbyshire. 

On the evening, there will also be a chance to ask all those questions you've been itching to get answers to. And copies of SECRETS OF DEATH, and all previous Cooper and Fry titles, will be on sale at a special event discount.

So make sure your book your places now! Tickets are just £6 (£5 concessions), available from the box office at Buxton Opera House:

You can also now order tickets via PayPal from my website:(it isn't necessary to have a PayPal account yourself, but you will need a credit card):

Don't forget the date - Thursday 14th July. See you there!

Date:      THURSDAY 14th JULY
Time:     7.15pm
Venue:   Buxton Methodist Church Hall, Market Place, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6HX
Event:    'Murder in the Peaks', with talk, Q&A and book signing.
£6 (£5 concessions) *

* Concession ticket price is for under-16s, over 65s, students or unwaged.


Buxton Methodist Church is centrally located on Buxton Market Place, and the entrance to the church hall is a few yards along Chapel Street. The postcode is SK17 6HX.

There is pay-and-display parking in the Market Place, as well as some on-street parking on either side of the church in Chapel Street and Fountain Street. If busy, a larger pay-and-display car park can be accessed from Market Street or Clough Street, and is just a short walk through an alley to the church hall.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


The new Cooper & Fry novel SECRETS OF DEATH has arrived! UK hardback and ebook editions are released this week. 

SECRETS OF DEATH introduces a new phenomenon - suicide tourists, people who have decided the Peak District is a good place to die. The story involves DI Ben Cooper and his team from Edendale CID investigating a sudden upsurge in suicides, not knowing where the next death might happen.
And when a suspect in a Major Crime Unit investigation goes missing, Cooper faces two more challenges - the arrival of DS Diane Fry from Nottingham, and the possibility that one of these deaths wasn't suicide at all...

In the UK, you can buy the hardback and ebook editions in all the usual places:

Amazon UK:


WH Smith:

The Hive:

or call in at your local bookshop.

An audio download edition of SECRETS OF DEATH is also released today. Publication dates will follow soon in other countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. We're still awaiting news of publication in the USA.

I'll be doing a launch event for SECRETS OF DEATH this Friday (17th June) at Spring Bank Arts, New Mills, Derbyshire. I'm on at 7.30pm (but the bar opens at 7pm!). Tickets are £7, including a glass of Pimms, available from Spring Bank Arts on 01663 308202 or, from High Street Books in New Mills, or online here:

On Saturday I'll be at Bookworm bookshop in Retford, Nottinghamshire, from 10am - 12noon to sign copies of SECRETS OF DEATH. To order a signed copy in advance, phone the shop on 01777 869224 or email:

On Sunday I'll be at Lowdham Book Festival in Nottinghamshire for the festival's 'Day of Crime'. Also taking part are Elly Griffiths, Sharon Bolton, Anne Zouroudi, Steven Dunne, Sarah Ward, Chris Ewan and Robert Thorogood. Full day tickets are £15 (£12 concessions, £10 festival friends).

Don't miss your chance to get a signed copy of the new book - just in time for Father's Day too!

Other dates here:

Monday, November 23, 2015


Libraries have always been very important to me, and I think they're particularly vital in communities where there isn't much else available.

Edlington, near Doncaster, is a former coal mining area which is said to be one of the most deprived areas in England.

However, it now has a very nice new library located in the Martinwells Centre, a community facility which also includes doctors' surgeries, a dentist's, a pharmacy and a cafe. 

I'll be there this Wednesday (25th November, 2pm) to talk to readers about the Cooper and Fry series, with copies of the books on sale. Tickets are just £2, refreshments included. 

To be sure of a place, phone Edlington Library on 01302 736470, or just turn up on the day.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Don't miss 'The Line-Up' - an evening of crime fiction coming up at Waterstones Nottingham on Friday 6th November.

Suspect number one: Steven Dunne

Steven's explosive and gripping self-published debut in 2008, 'The Reaper', dropped a bomb on the crime scene and led to a string of thrillers starring the troubled DI Damen Brook. He presents Eexhibit A: his latest novel 'A Killing Moon'.

Suspect number two: Glenis Wilson 

Already a celebrated author of literary fiction Glenis has turned her talented hand to crime, 'Dead Certainty' was released earlier this year to widespread acclaim. She will bring Exhibit B: her second crime novel set in the hidden underbelly of the world of horse racing, 'Dead On Course'.

Suspect number three: Stephen Booth

Derbyshire's grand master, the multiple award-winner has a rap-sheet 15 novels long, starring his contrasting characters, Cooper and Fry. Exhibit C is the latest Cooper & Fry novel 'The Murder Road'.

Tickets are just £3 from Waterstones. Call now to reserve your place!

Tickets and further details on: 0115 947 0069

Sunday, October 25, 2015


In the UK, the ebook edition of the first Ben Cooper and Diane Fry novel BLACK DOG is currently available to download at the special offer price of just 99p!

Ebook editions are available in all formats: 
Amazon Kindle
Apple iBooks 
Google Play 
eBooks from Sainsbury's 

You can also purchase BLACK DOG directly from HarperCollins UK:

Why not take the opportunity to introduce a friend to the Cooper and Fry series? They'll thank you for it!

Read further details of the 99p ebook offer from Book Perk:

Monday, July 27, 2015


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In August, Nottinghamshire hosts a new literary event when the first Newark Book Festival is held. It boasts a fantastic venue in the grounds of the historic Newark Castle (hence the festival's tagline 'Books in the Castle'). 

The castle's long history includes its important role in the English Civil War and its fame as the place where King John died after issuing Magna Carta and suffering a disaster crossing The Wash. The castle stands right alongside the River Trent, and Newark has many other attractions to make it well worth a visit if you've never been before.

This festival came about following an event I did at the Storytellers Bookshop in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, earlier this year. During a chat with the owner, Paul Trickett, he mentioned that he lived in Newark and that he'd always thought the town should have its own book festival. I thought so too, and added "someone ought to organise one". And Paul went off and did it! 

He's done an amazing job putting it all together and getting some fantastic authors to take part over the two days (Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August). Please come along and support it if you're in the area. 

Full details of the festival are on the 'Books in the Castle' website here:

And I'll be there, of course. On the Saturday I'm doing a special event with one of our top crime novelists - the wonderful Peter Robinson (pictured left), author of the Inspector Banks series (now DCI Banks on TV). I've been reading Peter's books for years, and I'm thrilled to be sharing the stage with him (or a marquee, at least). 

Our crime fiction event will be on Saturday 8th August at 4pm, when we'll be chaired by Hull crime writer Nick Quantrill. 

Though admission to the castle grounds is free for the festival, places for our event are limited and tickets are £8 each. Tickets are available from WH Smith 38 Market Place, Newark (phone 01636 677518), or from the Secret Garden Cafe, 6 Stodman Street, Newark (phone 01636 676999) or can be booked online here:

Don't forget - the capacity of the marquee is limited, so don't delay in reserving your places! 

Books will also be available to buy and get signed on the day, of course.