Saturday, December 15, 2012

TOP HARD price reduction

The ebook of my standalone Nottinghamshire crime novel TOP HARD has been reduced in price! It's available for Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iPad etc. A trade paperback print edition is also out there.

"Top Hard" by Steve on Ganxy

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Crime evening at Cambridge

Warm up in the chilly weather with a great crime evening taking place at Heffers Bookshop in Cambridge on Thursday 13th December (6.30pm). 

Books, wine, goody bags, prizes are available, and all of these 10 crime authors will be there to chat to readers: 

Stephen Booth, Jayne-

Marie Barker, Alison Bruce, Mark Edwards, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Elly Griffiths, Kate Rhodes, Michelle Spring, Peter Tickler, Len Tyler. 

Tickets are £4 redeemable off the cost of a book on the night. Phone 01223 463200 for tickets or more details. 

This is a Mystery People event:

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Chellaston Library project, Derby

Readers in the Derby area have two chances to hear me talk about my writing career and the Cooper and Fry novels with a series of events highlighting the facilities of Chellaston Library in the south of the city. The first 'Evening with Stephen Booth' takes place on Tuesday 6th November (7pm start).

I'm honoured to be appointed Chellaston Library Champion by Derby City Council's library services, and I'll be helping to draw attention to the importance of community libraries like Chellaston and the range of facilities available for library users in the area. 

We all know that libraries are a vital part of many communities. They provide a place to meet, chat to like-minded people, make new friends, or join a club. They offer free access to books, online databases and computers, information about starting a business or writing a CV and job clubs for job seekers. You can read with your kids, help them with their home work, and be a reading role model.

Derby City Council have added over 48,000 new items to their shelves in the past year, including all the latest bestsellers. Fiction, non fiction, large print, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers are all available, as well as craft clubs, author talks, writing workshops and story times for children, a quiet space to work or study, space to sit down and read a newspaper or magazine. From a writer's point of view, libraries are also important as a place where readers discover new authors.

On Tuesday 6th November, I'll be at Chellaston Library to talk about how I became a writer, about why libraries have been so important to me personally, and why I support them. This will be followed by a question and answer session. The evening starts at 7pm. 

This is a FREE event! All are welcome, but booking is recommended. You can phone the library on 01332 702614 for details, or email
or book a place online here:

Chellaston Library is on Barley Croft, off High Street, Chellaston, close to the A514 in the south of Derby. The postcode for your satnavs is DE73 6TU, and you'll find car parking close by. There's a detailed map on the event page:

For more details about the library's facilities and opening times, click here:

Following the November event, I'll be back at Chellaston Library in February to talk in more detail about my novels and the Cooper and Fry series. Watch out for more details!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Autumn events

I have three more UK library events coming up in the second half of October. Make sure you book your places now!

Poulton-le-Fylde Library, Blackpool Old Road, Poulton, Lancashire - talk to readers. 
Tickets £2. To book a place, phone 01253 888900 or email:


Chester Lane Library, Four Acre Lane, St Helen's, Merseyside - talk to readers. FREE! Phone 01744 677446 or email to reserve a place.

Hamstead Library, Tanhouse Centre, Hamstead Road, Great Barr, Birmingham, West Midlands - talk to readers. FREE! Phone 0121 569 2548 or email:


Tickets are also now on sale for this year's 'CSI Portsmouth', part of Portsmouth BookFest. This is your chance to meet and mingle with top-selling crime authors, police and forensic experts, learn about what really happens at a crime scene, how a fire investigation is run, how the fingerprint bureau works, and even have your own fingerprints taken!

CSI Portsmouth takes place on Saturday 3rd November. I'll be taking part in a morning panel with authors Matt Hilton and Pauline Rowson, plus Crime Scene Manager Carolyn Lovell, DC Terry Fitzjohn of Hampshire Police, and Andy Earl of the fire service's Arson Task Force. Throughout the day there will be a bookshop, and a scene of crime provided by Forensic Science students from South Downs College.

Events will be held at the John Pounds Centre, Queen Street, Portsmouth. Tickets are £6 per panel or £10 for the day, with £3 redeemable against purchase of a book at the event, and a £1 discount for Portsmouth Library members.

For tickets, call the Box Office on 023 9268 8037 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm). For more details, go to:

* For dates of more forthcoming events in the UK, please visit the Events page on the website: events.htm

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Cooper and Fry back in the USA!

With the release of the latest Cooper and Fry novel DEAD AND BURIED in September, the entire Peak District series of crime novels is now available in the USA for the first time. 

For US readers, there's a complete list of the 12 novels on my website, with links to paperback and  ebook editions available in the States:

Readers new to the Ben Cooper and Diane Fry series might want to start with Book 1, BLACK DOG, which won the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel in 2001 and was a finalist for the Anthony Award for Best First Mystery:


Trade pbk (Amazon):


Trade pbk (Barnes and Noble):

To mark the occasion, I'll be in Cleveland Ohio next month for Bouchercon 2012. If you're there, catch me on a panel discussing 'Murder in the Great Outdoors':