Wednesday, January 14, 2015


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: 
or call in at the shop in Eldon Street, Tuxford. 

More confirmed dates for 2015 are on my website:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


The latest release from Witness Impulse in the USA is the 14th Cooper & Fry novel THE CORPSE BRIDGE, out this week in ebook formats. 

A trade paperback edition is due out in February 2015. 

This brings US readers up to date with the Cooper & Fry series. 

"When it comes to murder, nothing is sacred… For centuries, mourners in Derbyshire have used the Corpse Bridge to cross the River Dove and reach their village burial grounds.
"When a developer plans to deconsecrate the land by turning it into a parking lot for his resort cottages, bodies begin to litter the road to the Corpse Bridge. 
"Are these warnings to stay away from the sacred plots - or something much, much worse: a terrifying serial killer at work? 
"After recuperating from a traumatic event, Detective Cooper is finally back at work, and he knows that solving the mystery of the Corpse Bridge is exactly what he needs to feel like himself again. 
"But if Cooper can't overcome his own personal demons and focus on the case, he could put everything - and everyone - he cares about at risk…"

Monday, November 10, 2014


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:

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!

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!    

Friday, July 18, 2014


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:


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:

Sutton Village Hall, Nottinghamshire - talk to members of Sutton and Barnby Women's Institute.

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:

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.

Walsall Readers' Day, Forest Arts Centre, Hawbush Road, Leamore, Walsall, West Midlands WS3 1AG - with Annie Murray. Details to follow.

Waterstone's, 27 Frenchgate Centre, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN1 1LJ - talk and signing.
Details to follow.

Friday, June 27, 2014


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:

Thursday, June 19, 2014


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It's here! THE CORPSE BRIDGE has arrived in UK bookshops. Copies that were advance ordered should be reaching you now, and the book should be downloading as we speak to your ebook readers. 
The latest instalment in the lives of Derbyshire police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry and their colleagues in E Division is awaiting your discovery!

Peak District locations used in this book range from an abandoned cheese factory to the primeval landscape of the Dragon's Back, from mysterious testing grounds near Buxton to the ancient bridge itself.

Here's a bit of blurb to give you a taste of THE CORPSE BRIDGE:

"The old Corpse Bridge is the route taken for centuries by mourners from villages on the western fringes of Derbyshire to a burial ground across the River Dove, now absorbed into the landscaped parkland of a stately home called Knowle Abbey.

"When Earl Manby, the landowner, announces plans to deconsecrate the burial ground to turn it into a car park for his holiday cottages, bodies begin to appear once again on the road to the Corpse Bridge. Is there a connection with the Earl's plans? Or worse, is there a terrifying serial killer at work?

"Back in his job after the traumatic events of previous months, Detective Sergeant Ben Cooper knows that he must unravel the mystery of the Corpse Bridge if he's going to be able to move on with his life. 

"As the pressure builds, Ben doesn't know who he can trust and, when the case reaches breaking point, he has to make a call that could put everything - and everyone - at risk..."

** And the first review of THE CORPSE BRIDGE has already arrived, thanks to Book Addict Shaun, who says:

"This is one of his best books to date... do not hesitate to pick it up and devour it!"

You can read the full review online:

THE CORPSE BRIDGE can be ordered here:


Amazon UK:

Book Depository:

The Hive:

The ebook edition is again released simultaneously with the hardback:

Amazon Kindle:

Waterstones ePub:

And the unabridged audio version is also now available, read by Mike Rogers:

Publication in other countries will follow soon:
Australia - 24th June
Canada - 29th July
(*Sorry, we're still awaiting a release date for the USA)

For signings and events in the UK, see the Events Page on the website:

There will be signed copies of THE CORPSE BRIDGE available from various booksellers, including Bookworm of Retford, Scarthin Books in Cromford, Waterstones Chesterfield, Waterstones Derby, Waterstones Doncaster, Reading Matters in Chapel-en-le-Frith, and Goldsboro Books in London.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


On the run-up to publication of THE CORPSE BRIDGE this week, I was asked to write a piece for the blog of UK booksellers Waterstones, where I talk about the role the Peak District plays in the Cooper & Fry series. They call it 'Building The Corpse Bridge'. You can read the full blog piece here:

You can also get a sneak peek of the new book on the CrimeVault website:

Several launch events for THE CORPSE BRIDGE are coming up soon. It's always great to see lots of Cooper & Fry readers, so come along if you get the chance.

First off, I'll be appearing at Gedling Book Festival in Nottingham this Friday (20th June). This is a terrific three-day festival, which is now in its second year. It's hosted by Gedling Borough Council and organised by New Writers UK. Friday is Crime and History Day, with events taking place at the Bonington Theatre in Arnold. 

All the events are free, and my session is at 1.30pm. Waterstones Nottingham will be on hand with books for sale. More details of the festival are here:

Immediately after my appearance at Gedling Book Festival, I'll be heading off into Derbyshire to do a launch evening at Chesterfield Library, starting at 7.30pm. This is again organised in conjunction with Waterstones Chesterfield, who will be providing the book stall. This is a ticketed event (tickets £3, concessions £2) available from the library. To make sure of a place, phone 01629 533400.

These events will be followed by signings at several bookshops in the area. On Saturday (21st June), I'll be at Bookworm in Retford, Nottinghamshire, from 10am to 12 noon, then from 2.30pm I'll be signing THE CORPSE BRIDGE at Scarthin Books in Cromford, Derbyshire. Both will be happy to reserve signed copies for you. Contact Bookworm on 01777 869224 or, while Scarthin can be contacted on 01629 823272 or

Next week, I'll be doing an evening event at Waterstones in Derby (Thursday 26th June, 7pm start), and on Saturday 28th I'll be down in Buckinghamshire to take part in the BeaconLit Festival at Ivinghoe, near Leighton Buzzard:  

Later in the year, watch out for more library events in Barnard Castle in County Durham, St Anne's in Lancashire, Ecclesfield in Bradford, Hinckley in Leicestershire, Walsall in the West Midlands, and a visit being planned to Northern Ireland. 

There will also be a special Summer Crime Party at Heffers' bookshop in Cambridge, and I'll be back at 'Not the Hay Festival' in Beeston, Nottingham, during October.