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: