Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Don't forget THE DEVIL'S EDGE is published next week. Here are my confirmed signings and events for April:

SATURDAY 9th April, 10am - 12pm
Bookworm bookshop, Spa Lane, Retford, Nottinghamshire - signing for THE DEVIL'S EDGE.
To reserve a signed copy, phone 01777 869224 or email:

Newbold Verdon Library, Main Street, Newbold Verdon, Leicestershire - talk to readers for
Words on the Street.
Tickets £2.50, available from the library, phone 0116 305 3661.

THURSDAY 14th April, 6.45pm
Waterstone's bookshop, 24-26 Orchard Square, Sheffield - talk and signing (with Danuta Reah).
Tickets £3, available in the shop and redeemable against purchase on the night.
Phone 0114 272 8971 or email: manager@sheffield-orchard-square.waterstones.com

SATURDAY 16th April, 1 - 3pm
Waterstone's bookshop, 13 Vicar Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire - signing for THE DEVIL'S EDGE.
Phone 01246 231061 or email:

FRIDAY 22nd APRIL, 1 - 3pm
Book Thrift, Dig Street, Ashbourne, Derbyshire - signing for THE DEVIL'S EDGE.
Phone 01335 300299.

SATURDAY 23rd APRIL, 12 - 2pm
Waterstone's bookshop, 78-80 St Peter's Street, Derby - signing for THE DEVIL'S EDGE.
Phone 0843 290 8273 or email:

WEDNESDAY 27th APRIL, 7.30pm
La Zouch Restaurant, 2 Kilwardby Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire - talk and slide show on 'Stephen Booth's Derbyshire'.
Ashby Writers Club members £1, visitors welcome at £3 (includes coffee).
For more details, phone 01530 413371.

SATURDAY 30th APRIL, 2 - 4pm
Scarthin Books, The Promenade, Scarthin, Cromford, Derbyshire - signing for THE DEVIL'S EDGE.
Phone 01629 823272 or email:

See you around!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


There are many fantastic photographs of the Peak District online. It's an area which lends itself so easily to moody pictures! I have my own slide show on the website, which will give you a quick taster:

But one of the best collections of Peak District photos I've seen recently has been gathered together by the tourist board Visit Peak District on their Facebook page, with pictures taken by their 'Destination Photography Partners':

You'll find photos here of lots of locations featured in the Cooper & Fry series - including many of the Eastern Edges, which provide the atmospheric backdrop for my new book THE DEVIL'S EDGE.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


The first copies of THE DEVIL'S EDGE arrived in the post today, fresh from the printer. And they look great!

I think Little, Brown have done a terrific job with the new look for the covers. Credit here should go to the cover designers (who so rarely get a mention) - in this case, Blacksheep, who have also done covers for the likes of Patricia Cornwell, Iain M. Banks, James Herbert and Wilbur Smith.

However, I must warn you that the flaps of the hardback feature a brand new photograph of the author taken from a recent photo shoot - it's probably best not to look!

THE DEVIL'S EDGE is available for pre-order right now in all the usual places. After publication on 7th April, I'll be turning up at a few bookshops to mutilate your copies with my signature. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


On 1st April, Nottingham-based independent publishers Five Leaves are releasing three new titles in their Crime Express series of short crime novellas. The latest stories are from Danuta Reah, Charlie Williams and Ray Banks.

Along with these three comes a re-issue of the Ben Cooper story CLAWS, which was one of the very first Crime Express titles, but sold out in its original edition. Five Leaves have introduced a new format, and some fabulous new covers designed by Gavin Morris.

You can check out all four at Inpress Books, who are the first to have new Crime Express titles on sale:

Meanwhile, my latest newsletter went out yesterday, with a competition to win signed copies of the new edition of CLAWS. To enter, sign up for the newsletter here:

You can also hear me, Danuta Reah and Charlie Williams talking about the Crime Express series, and the short form in general, at an Independent Publishers' Day in Matlock, Derbyshire, on Saturday 12th March. More details here: