Tuesday, August 14, 2018


The new Cooper & Fry novel FALL DOWN DEAD is published THIS WEEK in the UK in hardback and ebook editions, shortly followed by its arrival in several other countries. I love this cover from my UK publishers, Sphere!

During the next few weeks I'll be out and about signing copies of the new book, so check out the dates below for opportunities to get your book signed.

FALL DOWN DEAD is set around one of the Peak District's most iconic locations, Kinder Scout. 

The highest point in the national park, it was also the scene of the famous Kinder Mass Trespass in 1932, which led directly to the creation of Britain's national parks - the first being the Peak District. 

Kinder Scout is a landscape of peat haggs and deeply-scoured groughs, with outcrops of weathered gritstone sculpted into strange and fantastic shapes given distinctive names by local people - the Druid Stone, the Boxing Gloves, Madwoman's Stones, Punch's Nose, Ringing Roger, the Mushroom Garden. Their imaginative names are often due to their shape, or their connection to an old story from Derbyshire history and legend. 

And this can be a dangerous place. When I'm writing a Cooper & Fry novel, I try to reflect what's happening around me in the real world, and this new book is no different. These days, many walkers go up on to the Peak District hills unprepared and badly equipped. It's easy to become disorientated on the Kinder Scout plateau, even in fine weather. If the weather changes - as it can so quickly in this area - walkers are soon lost and straying into danger.

In this case, one member of a walking group lost on Kinder may not make it down alive...

Order your copy of FALL DOWN DEAD online now:



WH Smith:

The Hive:

Or call in at your local bookshop of course!

An ebook edition can be downloaded here: 

An audio download is also available:


Signings for FALL DOWN DEAD start with a publication day event in North Nottinghamshire this Thursday. This will be with my old friends at Bookworm of Retford, but since their bookshop is now closed, the signing will take place at Retford Library. 

I'm looking forward to seeing lots of regular readers of the Cooper & Fry series - and hopefully a few new ones. Just come along between 11am and 1pm for a chat and to get your signed book. Light refreshments are promised, so there should be a cup of tea too!

Then I'll be embarking on a 'mini tour' of Derbyshire, with visits to the Oxfam Bookshop in Matlock this Friday (17th August) to help celebrate their 50th anniversary, and to Reading Matters bookshop in Chapel-en-le-Frith this Saturday (18th August). Next week, I'll be heading off to Bakewell Bookshop (24th), Waterstones Chesterfield and Scarthin Books, Cromford (both on the 25th) and High Peak Bookstore near Buxton (26th). It would be great to see as many of you as possible!

Details of forthcoming signing dates for FALL DOWN DEAD: 

THURSDAY 16th AUGUST, 11am - 1pm
Retford Library, 17 Churchgate, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 6PE - signing in conjunction with Bookworm, Retford. Phone 01777 869224 or email:

FRIDAY 17th AUGUST, 2pm - 4pm
Oxfam Bookshop, 70 Dale Road, Matlock, Derbyshire
DE4 3LT - signing to celebrate 50th anniversary of Oxfam Bookshop. Phone 01629 55799 or email:

SATURDAY 18th AUGUST, 12 - 2pm
Reading Matters,
48 Market Street, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, Derbyshire SK23 0HY - signing. Phone 01298 938166 or email:

FRIDAY 24th AUGUST, 7 for 7.30pm
Bakewell Bookshop, Matlock Street, Bakewell, Derbyshire
DE45 1EE - talk and signing. Phone 01629 812818 or email:

SATURDAY 25th AUGUST, 10am - 12pm
Waterstones, 13 Vicar Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire
S40 1PY - signing. Phone 01246 231061 or email: chesterfield@waterstones.com

SATURDAY 25th AUGUST, 2.30 - 4.30pm
Scarthin Books,
The Promenade, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3QF - signing. Phone
01629 823272 or email: nickscarthin@gmail.com

SUNDAY 26th AUGUST, 1 - 3pm
High Peak Bookstore, Ashbourne Road, Brierlow Bar, near Buxton, Derbyshire
SK17 9PY
- signing. Phone 01298 71017.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

FALL DOWN DEAD is coming!

I've just opened a box of these beauties - advance copies of the new Cooper & Fry novel FALL DOWN DEAD, due for UK publication in hardback and ebook on 16th August. 

And you can pre-order it right now!

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/…/f…/stephen-booth/9780751567618

WH Smith: https://www.whsmith.co.uk/prod…/fall-down-dead/9780751567618

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fall-Down-Dead-Coope…/…/0751567612/

Or call in at your local bookshop and ask for it, of course.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


The brand new Cooper and Fry novel DEAD IN THE DARK will be launched in the UK in July.

I have lots of launch events planned across Derbyshire, and in neighbouring Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire. Please come along and say 'hello' at one of these events - and of course get your copy of DEAD IN THE DARK signed!

Here's the blurb:

This is the 17th title in the award-winning series featuring young police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry, set in England’s beautiful and atmospheric Peak District.

How do you prove a murder without a body?

Ten years ago, Reece Bower was accused of killing his wife, a crime he always denied. Extensive police searches near his home in Bakewell found no trace of Annette Bower's remains, and the case against him collapsed.

But now memories of the original investigation have been resurrected for Detective Inspector Ben Cooper - because Reece Bower himself has disappeared, and his new wife wants answers.

Cooper can't call on the Major Crime Unit and DS Diane Fry for help unless he can prove a murder took place - impossible without a body. As his search moves into the caves and abandoned mines in the isolated depths of Lathkilldale, the question is: who would want revenge for the death of Annette Bower?

Meanwhile, Fry is working on a murder investigation of her own in an entirely different part of Derbyshire, where a fractured community is divided against itself.

Stephen Booth ventures into the Peak District's dark subterranean world for this stunning Cooper & Fry thriller DEAD IN THE DARK.

Hardback and ebook publication by Little, Brown are scheduled for Thursday 13th July, along with an audio download. 

My launch dates are:

TUESDAY 11th JULY, 6pm
Chelmorton War Memorial Institute, Main Street, Chelmorton, Derbyshire SK17 9SH - 'Dark Peaks and Strange Shores' crime panel for Chelmorton Festival, with Sarah Ward, Martin Pearce, Quentin Bates and Roz Watkins. Tickets £4 including glass of wine. Email: sarahwardcrime@gmail.com or book online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dark-peaks-and-strange-shores-crime-writers-panel-at-the-chelmorton-festival-tickets-34075341263?ref=estw

WEDNESDAY 12th JULY, 6.30pm
Waterstones, 78-80 St Peter's Street, Derby DE1 1SR - talk and signing for DEAD IN THE DARK. Phone 01332 296997 or email: derby@waterstones.com

THURSDAY 13th JULY, 10am - 12 noon
Bookworm, Spa Lane, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 6EA - signing for DEAD IN THE DARK.
Phone 01777 869224 or email: sales@bookwormretford.co.uk

Chesterfield Library, New Beetwell Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 1QN - launch event for DEAD IN THE DARK (in conjunction with Waterstones Chesterfield). Tickets £3 (redeemable against the price of the book if bought at the event), available from the library, phone 01629 533400 or email: chesterfield.library@derbyshire.gov.uk. To reserve a signed book, contact Waterstones on 01246 231061 or email: chesterfield@waterstones.com

SATURDAY 15th JULY, 2.30 - 4.30pm
Scarthin Books,
The Promenade, Cromford, Derbyshire DE4 3QF - signing for DEAD IN THE DARK. Phone 01629 823272 or email: nickscarthin@gmail.com

SUNDAY 16th JULY, 12 noon
Newark Town Hall, Market Place, Newark, Nottinghamshire
NG24 1DU - 'Nottinghamshire: Today's Heroes' panel for Newark Book Festival, with Tim Utton and Gareth Baker, chaired by Stuart Gibbon. Tickets £5 (£3 concessions) from the Palace Theatre box office (10am - 5pm), phone 01636 655755 or email: palace@nsdc.info Or book online here: https://www.palacenewarktickets.com/en-GB/shows/nottinghamshire-%20today's%20heroes/info
Festival website: http://www.newarkbookfestival.org.uk/

Bakewell Town Hall, 
Anchor Square, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1BT - talk and signing for Bakewell Literary Festival. Tickets £10 for full day and evening of author talks. Book online here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/370193

Bonington Theatre,High Street, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 7EE - event for Gedling Arts Festival. Crime writing workshop from 7pm - 8.30pm. Talk, Q&A and book signing from 8.30pm. Tickets £3, available from the Bonington Theatre Box Office: http://www.boningtontheatre.co.uk/ phone 0115 901 3640 or email: bonington.theatre@gedling.gov.uk
Festival programme here: http://www.gedling.gov.uk/leisure/artseventsandplay/gedlingboroughartsfestival/

FRIDAY 21st JULY, 7.30pm
Spring Bank Arts, Spring Bank, New Mills, Derbyshire SK22 4BH - talk and signing for DEAD IN THE DARK. Tickets £7 (including glass of Pimms or non-alcoholic drink), available from Spring Bank Arts, phone 01663 308202 or email: springbankarts@gmail.com,
or from High Street Books, New Mills, or book online here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/407213

SUNDAY 23rd JULY, 3 - 5pm
High Peak Bookstore (formerly Bookstore Brierlow Bar), Ashbourne Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9PY - signing for DEAD IN THE DARK. Phone 01298 71017 or email: info@highpeakbookstore.co.uk

MONDAY 24th JULY, 6.45 for 7.30pm
Haxby Memorial Hall, 16 The Village, Haxby, York YO32 3HT - talk and signing for DEAD IN THE DARK at fund-raising event for new Haxby Library.
Tickets £5. Book your place online at http://www.haxbymemorialhall.org/

SATURDAY 29th JULY, 12 - 2pm
Reading Matters bookshop, 48 Market Street, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire SK23 0HY - signing for DEAD IN THE DARK.
Phone 01298 938166 or email: readingmatterschapel@gmail.com

Dates later in the year can be found on the Events Page:http://www.stephen-booth.com/events.htm

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.