Yes, May 2nd 2015 marks exactly 15 years since the first appearance in the world of the Derbyshire detective duo. This was the date my debut Cooper and Fry novel BLACK DOG was originally published in the UK by HarperCollins.
Many more editions have followed in succeeding years - not to mention at least 14 more books in the Cooper & Fry series.
Along the way, BLACK DOG has sold many thousands of copies around the world, and continues to sell in substantial numbers 15 years later. It's the book which many new readers start with, as it gives an insight into the characters of Ben Cooper and Diane Fry and their complex relationship.
When it was first published, BLACK DOG won the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel of the Year in the USA, and was a finalist for the Anthony Award for the Best First Mystery Novel. In the UK, it was named by the London Evening Standard as one of the six best crime novels of 2000 - the only book on their list by a British author. It's no exaggeration to say its publication changed my life. :)
To give you an idea of the history of this title, below are the covers of 24 different editions. Some of them are from the UK and USA, but there are also a number of translations, including five versions in German, plus editions from the Netherlands, France, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, the Czech Republic, Romania, and Japan. The range of interpretations is amazing!
Many of these editions are still available, of course, and there are even more to come. I hope the history of BLACK DOG will continue well into the future!
Murder is on the menu this Saturday (17th January) at Storytellers Bookshop in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire. This is a recently opened independent bookshop, and I'm delighted to be supporting their 'Murder a Good Book' promotion. I'll be at Storytellers from 3pm for a public signing, followed by a talk at 4pm, when I'll be chatting about crime fiction and the Cooper & Fry series. If you're in the North Notts area, come along and spend an hour or two with fellow book lovers and enjoy a glass of wine at the same time!
Tickets for the talk are £5 including a glass of wine. To book a place, phone Paul Trickett on 01636 684672 or 07517 386350, email: firstname.lastname@example.org call in at the shop in Eldon Street, Tuxford.
Doncaster Libraries have chosen the entire
Cooper and Fry series as their 'Doncaster Read' for November and December
2014. This is the first time the promotion has consisted of more than one
title, let alone 14 (not to mention that they're all written by the same
author!). Throughout these two months, library users in the city will be
encouraged to read a Cooper & Fry novel and share their views. Perhaps
you'll want to read more than one? More details of the Doncaster Read are here:
http://library.doncaster.gov.uk/web/arena/the-doncaster-read Meanwhile, the enthusiastic staff at
Doncaster Central Library have created a fun video to coincide with November's
Doncaster Read. Click here to watch it and see how many Cooper and Fry titles
you can spot! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YdvTRL3doY&feature=youtu.be The Doncaster Read coincides with my signing at Waterstones bookshop in the Frenchgate Centre, Doncaster.
But please note that the date for this has changed. I'll now be
signing copies of the Cooper and Fry series at Waterstones on the afternoon of
Saturday 6th December, from 2pm to 4pm. If you're in the area, why not come along and say 'hello', get your
books signed - and pick up a few Christmas presents while you're there!
I'm about to do my last event for the summer, but I start again in September - so I thought I'd post some advance details of dates coming up in the Autumn for the UK. This is what I have booked so far, though some of the details are still to be confirmed: WEDNESDAY 10th SEPTEMBER, 7pm Hinckley Library, Lancaster Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 0AT - talk to readers, with Q&A and book signing. Tickets £4 for library members, £8 for non-members (including refreshments). Phone 0116 305 2500 or email: email@example.com WEDNESDAY 17th SEPTEMBER, 7.45pm Sutton Village Hall, Nottinghamshire - talk to members of Sutton and Barnby Women's Institute. THURSDAY 25th SEPTEMBER, 11.30am Bertie's Banqueting Rooms, Brook Street, Elland, West Yorkshire HX5 9AW - NSPCC Literary Lunch (with Carol Ann Lee). Tickets £19.50 including two-course lunch and coffee. Proceeds to the NSPCC. SUNDAY 5th OCTOBER, time tba Barton's, 63 High Road, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 4AJ - 'Not the Hay Festival' with New Writers UK. FREE event. Website: http://www.bartonsplc.co.uk/index.php/2012-01-23-22-20-20/not-the-hay-book-festival-nottingham WEDNESDAY 15th OCTOBER, time tba Galleries of Justice, High Pavement, The Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1HN - Crime Day for Nottingham Festival of Words. Details to follow. THURSDAY 23rd OCTOBER, time tbc Derry Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, Northern Ireland BT48 6AL - talk to readers for October Crime Fest. Details to follow. WEDNESDAY 5th NOVEMBER, 10.30am Walsall Readers' Day, Forest Arts Centre, Hawbush Road, Leamore, Walsall, West Midlands WS3 1AG - with Annie Murray. Details to follow. TUESDAY 9th DECEMBER, 7pm Waterstone's, 27 Frenchgate Centre, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN1 1LJ - talk and signing. Details to follow.
The new Cooper & Fry novel THE CORPSE
BRIDGE entered the UK bestseller list at number 17 this week. Many thanks to
all the dedicated Cooper & Fry readers who rushed out and bought it in the
first few days!
Launch events for THE CORPSE BRIDGE took
place at Gedling Book Festival in Nottingham, and at Chesterfield
Library in Derbyshire, along with signings at Bookworm, Retford, and Scarthin
Books in Cromford, and an evening at Waterstones in Derby. Signed copies of
the new book are now available at Bookworm and Scarthin Books, at Waterstones
in Chesterfield, Nottingham and Derby, and at Goldsboro Books in London. Signings are coming up soon at Waterstones
in Doncaster and Reading Matters in Chapel-en-le-Frith, and I'll be at
the BeaconLit Festival in Buckinghamshire this weekend (28th June). During the
next few weeks, I'll also be visiting County Durham, Lancashire,
Cambridge and West Yorkshire. For details of forthcoming dates, visit the Events
page on the website:
UK crime writer, creator of young Derbyshire police detectives DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who are based in England's Peak District. Titles in the series so far:
DANCING WITH THE VIRGINS,
BLOOD ON THE TONGUE,
BLIND TO THE BONES,
ONE LAST BREATH,
THE DEAD PLACE,
SCARED TO LIVE,
DYING TO SIN,
THE KILL CALL,
THE DEVIL'S EDGE,
DEAD AND BURIED,
and a new one published in the UK in June 2014:
THE CORPSE BRIDGE