Friday, December 20, 2013


For UK readers, the 1st Cooper & Fry novel BLACK DOG is currently available at the special sale price of just £1.99 in Amazon's '12 Days of Kindle' promotion. But this is for a limited period only!

Readers new to Ben Cooper and Diane Fry can start to discover the series here - and get a bargain at the same time:

BLACK DOG was the winner of a Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel of 2000, and was finalist for an Anthony Award for Best First Mystery. It has been described as "Dark, intense and utterly compelling" and "Simultaneously classic, contemporary and haunting."


Thursday, November 14, 2013

The second Cooper & Fry novel DANCING WITH THE VIRGINS is now available for US readers in its new Witness Impulse ebook edition.
VIRGINS was a CWA Gold Dagger finalist when it was first published, and it was voted Best British Crime Novel of the Year by readers in the USA. 

Described as "an atmospheric, psychological stunner", it tells the story of a young woman whose body is found within a prehistoric stone circle in the Peak District, her arms and legs arranged to look as though she's dancing. Young Derbyshire police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry must unlock the memories trapped inside the mind of a previous victim before more blood is shed amongst the stones...

You can download the new ebook edition in the US right now at just $2.99:

Amazon Kindle:

B&N Nook:

Sony Ereader:


Meanwhile, the first book BLACK DOG reached number 8 on the Sony bestseller list when it was released by Witness Impulse in October, and it's been in the Nook Top 50 bestsellers for the past two weeks.

This feels pretty amazing, considering that BLACK DOG was first published 13 years ago, way back in 2000! It proves that readers aren't totally focussed on the latest 'big thing', but are capable of appreciating a book long after its initial publication. The folk at William Morrow have also done a great job launching the new Witness Impulse list, which features a lot of terrific titles.

BLACK DOG is currently available at a special promotional price of just 99 cents. So if you're in the USA and you haven't discovered the Cooper & Fry series, now would be a good time to start! Follow the links below:

Amazon Kindle:

B&N Nook:

Sony Ereader:


Witness Impulse have an incredible publishing schedule in place, and the third book in the Cooper & Fry series BLOOD ON THE TONGUE will be released on 3rd December.

Friday, November 1, 2013


So what is 'The Definitive Crime Novel'?

Well, it's the subject of my guest post today over at Misty Rayburn's blog 'The Top Shelf':

My post includes a few ideas about where the first detective stories originated. And one or two of them might surprise you!

Meanwhile, there's a terrific interview I did with Cheryl Masciarelli on her blog 'CMash Reads':

Cheryl and Misty are the latest bloggers to support my virtual book tour for the new Witness Impulse ebook edition of BLACK DOG, recently published in the USA:

The 2nd book in the Cooper & Fry series, DANCING WITH THE VIRGINS, will be released by Witness Impulse next week:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


I'm very happy to say that the new Witness Impulse ebook edition of BLACK DOG has entered the Top 200 Nook bestsellers at Barnes & Noble:

"I LOVED this book! A new series to start reading!" - that's an extract from one of the latest blog reviews for BLACK DOG:

Meanwhile, an interview with me is still available over at Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews blog:

And there's a guest post by me at Omnimystery News, where I talk about the origins of BLACK DOG, and of Ben Cooper and Diane Fry too:

Many thanks to all the bloggers who've been taking part in the 'virtual book tour' for BLACK DOG in the USA. There's lots more to come between now and 7th November!

Monday, October 14, 2013


On the next stage of my virtual book tour for BLACK DOG, there's a great interview today over at 'Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews':

And if you missed the fantastic review of BLACK DOG by Kriss Morton on her 'Cabin Goddess' blog last week, just pop over this way:

For more information about the new ebook editions in the USA from Witness Impulse, please visit the BLACK DOG page on my website:

Kindle purchase link:

Nook link:

Thursday, October 10, 2013


With my 'virtual book tour' for BLACK DOG now under way, there's a fantastic review by Kriss Morton over at the 'Cabin Goddess' blog today:

I love the way Kriss runs the whole gamut of reactions to the book! :)

There's also an interview with me at OmniMystery News, where I talk about the origins of BLACK DOG and the characters of Ben Cooper and Diane Fry:

For more information about the new ebook editions in the USA from Witness Impulse, please visit the BLACK DOG page on my website:

Kindle purchase link:

Nook link:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


It's here! Released in the USA by Witness Impulse today is a brand new edition of the 1st Cooper & Fry novel BLACK DOG. More details here:

What the critics said about BLACK DOG:
"Dark, intense, and utterly compelling."
"Simultaneously classic, contemporary & haunting."
"Suspenseful and supremely engaging. Booth does a wonderful job."
"Black Dog sinks its teeth into you and doesn't let you go."
"Terrific... an atmospheric, psychological stunner."
BLACK DOG is now available for US readers to download in all ebook formats at just $2.99.
Another Cooper & Fry novel will follow every month until August 2014 (with two a month in June and July). Book 2: DANING WITH THE VIRGINS will be released on 5th November 2013 and Book 3: BLOOD ON THE TONGUE will be available on 3rd December 2013.
Meanwhile, I'll be taking part in a 'virtual book tour' from now until 8th November. You can catch the first interview here:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


News for US readers! The new HarperCollins digital imprint Witness Impulse are about to re-launch the entire Cooper & Fry series in the USA in ebook format. The first title, BLACK DOG, will be released on 8th October. The new cover looks pretty gorgeous, I think. Get a glimpse of it below!

BLACK DOG was the book which first introduced young Derbyshire police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry to the world, along with their 'E' Division colleagues and the fictional Peak District town of Edendale. There are now 13 books in the series, with a 14th on the way. So if you're in the US and you haven't experienced the Cooper & Fry series yet, now would be a good time to start!

Available initially in ebook formats, BLACK DOG will be on sale in the USA at just $2.99 from 8th October:

Witness Impulse will then release one Cooper & Fry novel a month until June 2014, when the rate steps up to TWO releases a month. So we can expect the second book, DANCING WITH THE VIRGINS, as soon as 5th November.

Watch out for the rest of the new covers. They're looking pretty good too!

To coincide with the release of BLACK DOG, I'll be taking part in a month-long 'virtual book tour' through October and into November. You can find dates for the various blog posts, interviews and reviews here:

Direct download purchase links for BLACK DOG:

B&N Nook:
Google Play:

You can also read the first chapter of BLACK DOG here:

Friday, September 6, 2013


Heads up for Canadian readers! The latest Cooper & Fry novel ALREADY DEAD will be released in Canada next week (September 10th). You can read the first chapter here:

ALREADY DEAD will be available from all the usual Canadian booksellers:

Amazon Canada:

Chapters Indigo:

McNally Robinson:

Or call in at your local independent bookshop, of course.

Note: this book is published by Little, Brown and not by Virago, as Amazon claim. I'm the wrong gender for them anyway! :)

Monday, July 22, 2013


My long series of events through June & July culminates in 'An Evening with Stephen Booth' at Spring Bank Arts in New Mills, Derbyshire, this Thursday (25th July). 

Spring Bank Arts has been created by restoring and converting the former St James' Church, and it's become a wonderful venue for all kinds of arts events. Thursday's event starts at 7pm, featuring a talk, question and answer session and book signing. Tickets are £5 and include a welcoming glass of Pimms and refreshments. 

There are several ways to book tickets for the evening. You can go along to the arts centre itself on Spring Bank (mornings only), or contact them at or on 01663 308202. You can reserve a place on their website, where you can also get a peek at the venue: 

Alternatively, you can get tickets at the local bookshop, High Street Books, at 6 High Street, New Mills, phone 07828 923170 or email: Tickets may also be available on the door.

I expect this to be my last event for a few weeks, so don't miss it!

Spring Bank Arts, Spring Bank, New Mills, Derbyshire SK22 4BH - 'An Evening with Stephen Booth' featuring talk, Q&A and book signing. Tickets £5 (including Pimms and refreshments) from: or 01663 308202, or reserve a place on the website:

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Crime Writing Month - Week 6

And finally we've reached Week 6 of National Crime Writing Month!

I'll be starting this week with a reader event at Leeds Central Library in West Yorkshire on Monday 8th July (6.30pm start). This is a FREE event, but you can book a place by phoning 0113 247 6016. 

The following day, Tuesday 9th July, Mansfield Library in Nottinghanshire will be the venue for another free event starting at 2pm. For more details, phone 01623 651337 or email:

Later in the week, I'll be talking to readers at Tickhill Library in South Yorkshire on Thursday 11th July at 2pm (sorry, this event is fully booked!). 

Finally, I'll be taking part in the Gedling Book Festival on Sunday 14th July in Arnold, Nottingham (2.30pm), when I'll talk about locations in the Cooper & Fry series. There's free admission for this festival too:

But even when Crime Writing Month is over, there'll be plenty more events to come! 

For a start, I'll be performing the official re-opening of the library cafe at Doncaster Central Library at 10am on Monday 15th July, and I'll be available to answer readers' questions and sign books afterwards. 

On Saturday 20th July I'll be signing the new Cooper & Fry novel ALREADY DEAD at Reading Matters bookshop in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire (10.30am - 12.30pm). 

And you can enjoy 'An Evening with Stephen Booth' at the Spring Bank Arts Centre in New Mills, Derbyshire, on Thursday 25th July. Details of this event are here:

To see if I'll be in your area during the next few months, check out the details on the Events Page:

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Coventry event for National Crime Writing Month

An event at Coventry Central Library on Tuesday 2nd July (5.30pm start) will be my first event for Week 5 of National Crime Writing month. This is a FREE event for readers in Coventry. To book a place, phone 02476 832314 or email:

On Wednesday 3rd July (7pm), I'll be at Tadcaster Library in North Yorkshire. Tickets are £2, phone the library on 0845 034 9542 or email:

Then on Thursday 4th July (7pm), it will be Congleton Library in Cheshire. Tickets are £3.50. To book a place, phone 01260 375550 or email:

The weekend of Week 5 is also busy, with a signing for the new Cooper & Fry novel ALREADY DEAD at Waterstones Doncaster on Saturday 6th July (11.30am - 1.30pm), and an appearance in the Friends of the Peak District story-telling tent at the Cliffhanger Outdoor Festival in Graves Park, Sheffield, at 5pm on Sunday 7th July.

Hope to see plenty of readers at these events! 

And more dates are still to come:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Published this week: the new Cooper & Fry novel ALREADY DEAD. Come along to the launch event at Chesterfield Library on Thursday 20th June (7.30pm start) to get a signed copy of ALREADY DEAD and hear me talk about the new book. 

Tickets for the launch are £3 (£2 concessions) available from the library - phone 01629 533400 or email: Waterstones Chesterfield will be offering a £3 discount off the price of the book on the night.

Some early reviews of ALREADY DEAD: "Another page-turner from this masterful thriller writer." (Choice magazine)
"The sense of place he gives his book is palpable." (Good Book Guide)
"Convoluted, complex and engrossing. The mystery kept me guessing, and was satisfyingly tied up, but the real surprising twist comes at the end. I will be first in line for the next book. Highly recommended." (Lizzie Hayes - Mystery People)
"Booth is a master of misdirection, and it’s only when you’ve got to the end of the book that the mouth drops open and you realise just how many valuable clues you missed along the way." (Crime Fiction Lover)

More signing dates here:

Monday, June 17, 2013


I've added a couple more events this week for National Crime Writing Month. This brings my total of libraries visited up to 20 (plus the castle, the story-telling tent and several bookshops).

I'll be in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, on Wednesday 19th June for a full day of events. I don't get to do much in Lincolnshire, so don't miss it!

10am - North Lincolnshire Central Library, Carlton Street, Scunthorpe DN15 6TX - I'll be presenting certificates to participants in North Lincolnshire's Six Book Challenge.

11am - North Lincolnshire Central Library - 'drop in' for a chat and a cup of tea with the author!

2pm - Ashby Library, Ashby High Street, Scunthorpe DN16 2RY - talk to readers, with Q&A and book signing. FREE event, no tickets required. Phone 01724 296832 or email:

Saturday, June 1, 2013


I have an enormous number of events now confirmed for the UK's National Crime Writing Month, which extends throughout June and the first half of July. I'll be visiting eighteen libraries in Yorkshire and the Midlands, as well as bookshops and other venues ranging from a castle to a tent! 

My first events are on Tuesday 4th June in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, and Handforth, Cheshire. My 'tour' concludes with a book festival in Nottingham on 14th July. I hope to meet lots of readers along the way! All library events feature a talk, Q&A and book sales. 

The new Cooper & Fry novel ALREADY DEAD is also published this month, with a launch in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, on Thursday 20th June.

A full list of my dates is below, but watch out for updates here:

Crime Writing Month schedule:

TUESDAY 4th JUNE, 2.30pm
Mexborough Library, John Street, Mexborough, South Yorkshire S64 9HS - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event. For tickets, phone 01709 582037 or email:

TUESDAY 4th JUNE, 7.30pm
Handforth Library, The Green, Wilmslow Road, Handforth, Cheshire SK9 3ES - talk, Q&A and book signing. Tickets £3 (includes refreshments). Phone 01625 374060 or email:

THURSDAY 6th JUNE, 10.30am
Goole Library, Carlisle Street, Goole, East Yorkshire DN14 5DS - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event, but contact the library to reserve a place. Phone 01405 762187 or email:

THURSDAY 6th JUNE, 2.30pm
Snaith Library, 27-29 Market Place, Snaith, East Yorkshire DN14 9HE - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event, but contact the library to reserve a place. Phone 01405 860096 or email:

Sutton-in-Ashfield Library, Idlewells Centre, Manor Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 1BP - talk, Q&A and book signing. Phone 01623 556296 or email:

WEDNESDAY 12th JUNE, 7.30pm
Oakham Castle, off Market Square, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6DT
- talk, Q&A and book signing. Tickets £3 (£2 concessions), booking recommended. Phone Oakham Library on 01572 722918 or email:

FRIDAY 14th JUNE, 6.30pm
Wakefield Central Library, Burton Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 2DD - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event. Phone 01924 305376 or email:

TUESDAY 18th JUNE, 7pm
Long Buckby Library, Station Road, Long Buckby, Northamptonshire NN6 7QB - with Peter Tickler, author of the 'Blood in Oxford' series. Tickets £2 in advance, £3 on the door. To book a place, email: or phone 0300 126 1000.

THURSDAY 20th JUNE, 7.30pm
Chesterfield Library, New Beetwell Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 1QN - launch event for ALREADY DEAD, with Waterstones Chesterfield.
Tickets £3 (£2 concessions) available from the library. Phone 01629 533400 or email:

SATURDAY 22nd JUNE, 10am - 12noon
Bookworm, 1 Spa Lane, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 6EA - signing for ALREADY DEAD. To order a signed copy, phone 01777 869224 or email: 


SATURDAY 22nd JUNE, 2.30 - 4.30pm
Scarthin Books, The Promenade, Scarthin, Cromford, Derbyshire DE4 3QF - signing for ALREADY DEAD. Phone 01629 823272 or email:

TUESDAY 25th JUNE, 7pm
Biddulph Library, Tunstall Road, Biddulph, Staffordshire ST8 6HH - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event. For tickets, phone the library on 01782 512103 or email:

WEDNESDAY 26th JUNE, 7.30pm
Macclesfield Library, Jordangate, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 1EE - talk, Q&A and book signing. Tickets £3 including refreshments. Phone 01625 374000 or email:

Burton-on-Trent Library, Riverside, off High Street, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire DE14 1AH - talk, Q&A and book signing. Tickets £2 for library members, £3 for non-members. Phone 01283 239564 or email:

FRIDAY 28th JUNE, 7pm
Rugby Library, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 3BZ - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event. Phone 0300 555 8171 or email:

SATURDAY 29th JUNE, 12 - 2pm
Waterstones, 70-80 St Peter's Street, Derby DE1 1SR - signing for ALREADY DEAD. Phone 01332 296997.

TUESDAY 2nd JULY, 5.30pm
Coventry Central Library, Smithford Way, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 1FY - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event. Phone 02476 832314 or email:

Tadcaster Library, 10 Station Road, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire LS24 9JG - talk, Q&A and book signing. Tickets £2. Phone the library on 0845 034 9542 or email:

Congleton Library, Market Square, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 1ET - talk, Q&A and book signing. Tickets £3.50. To book a place, phone 01260 375550 or email:

SATURDAY 6th JULY, 11.30am - 1.30pm
Waterstones, 27 Frenchgate Centre, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN1 1LJ - signing for ALREADY DEAD. Phone 01302 329142.

SUNDAY 7th JULY, time tbc
Cliffhanger Outdoor Festival, Graves Park, Hemsworth Road, Sheffield S8 8LL - reading in Friends of the Peak District story telling tent. Admission to festival £7.50 for adults, accompanied children under-16 free, car parking £3.

MONDAY 8th JULY, 6.30pm
Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 3AB - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event, but book a place by phoning 0113 247 6016.

Mansfield Library, Four Seasons Centre, Westgate, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 1NH - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event. For more details, phone 01623 651337 or email:

Tickhill Library, Castlegate, Tickhill, South Yorkshire DN11 9QU - talk, Q&A and book signing. To book a place, phone 01302 742871 or email:

SUNDAY 14th JULY, 2.30pm
Gedling Book Festival 'Crime Day', Civic Centre, Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 6LU. Talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE admission and free parking. Festival includes book stalls, refreshments, children's activities and live music. Festival programme:

* National Crime Writing Month is a promotion by the UK Crime Writers' Association. All of their events can be found here: 

Friday, April 12, 2013


The latest Cooper & Fry novel DEAD & BURIED is published in paperback this week. It's available from all good bookshops (and some you might not approve of very much!).

DEAD AND BURIED has a bit of a Dante's 'Inferno' theme going on, particularly highlighted in the opening scene on Oxlow Moor. So I'm very glad that we managed to get DEAD AND BURIED out in paperback a full month ahead of a book called 'Inferno', which is written by a certain Dan Brown. Now people can assume that he copied my idea, rather than the other way round!

I continue to see and hear a lot of comments about the ending of DEAD AND BURIED - such as the reviewer who said the book has "an unexpected and genuinely shocking climax", or the readers on Goodreads who've written: "another brilliant read, with a seat of your pants ending to this one" and "the powerful finale means this is a definite 5 stars". 

Of course, the ending was largely what propelled me into the story for the next book in the series, which is published in June. If you've already read DEAD AND BURIED, I'm sure you'll want to know what happens next - just as I did!

Well, the next book ALREADY DEAD (number 13 in the Cooper & Fry series) is all done and dusted now - editing finished, proofs read, cover finalised (see below), and it's ready to go into production. In fact, June 20th isn't really all that long to wait now, is it? Just nine weeks, according to my calendar. A teenager in Pennsylvania once slept for longer than that in a single session, so I'm sure it'll pass in a jiffy.

Meanwhile, I'll be getting on with writing Book 14. Of course, I never imagined when I started writing the first Cooper & Fry novel, BLACK DOG, that the series would reach this stage. The fact that there are now thirteen books about these two young Derbyshire police detectives is entirely due to my interest in the characters, which fortunately many readers seem to share. 

If you'd like to know a bit more about where Ben Cooper and Diane Fry originally came from, you can read a piece I wrote called 'How I Met My Detectives', which is currently featured on the Crime Vault website:

You can buy a copy of the DEAD AND BURIED paperback online here:


Monday, March 25, 2013

Oadby Creative Fortnight

Oadby Library in Leicestershire will be staging a fortnight full of creative events during April. 

You can kick off the fortnight on Monday 15th April (7.30pm) by spending an evening with me, when I'll be talking about the Cooper and Fry series and the writing process.

Tickets for the evening are £8, including refreshments. For more information, or to book a place, contact Oadby Library on 0116 305 8763 or email:

The full programme for 'Get Creative Fortnight' is available here:

* If you'd like me to take part in an event for your local library, bookshop or festival, just send an enquiry, giving as many details as possible of date, location & type of event, to:

Friday, February 8, 2013

Nottingham Festival of Words

This year, the city of Nottingham will get its first ever book festival with the launch of Nottingham Festival of Words.

Next weekend (Saturday 16th February) I'll be taking part in 'Arsenic and Nottingham Lace', a crime and noir panel as part of the festival. Also on the panel are local authors Niki Valentine, Danuta Reah and David Belbin.

Admission is by festival day or weekend pass. Make sure you book now!

The full festival programme is here:

SATURDAY 16th FEBRUARY, 11.15am - Nottingham Festival of Words - 'Arsenic and Nottingham Lace' crime and noir panel with Niki Valentine, Danuta Reah and David Belbin at Nottingham Trent University's Newton Building, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham NG1 4BU. Entry with day or weekend pass, tickets available from Nottingham Tourism Centre on Smithy Row, by phone on 0844 477 5678, or online through the festival website:

During the summer, I'll also be taking part in the first ever Gedling Book Festival, which will be held in Arnold in July. 

For details of more forthcoming events, please visit the website: events.htm