Friday, June 27, 2014


The new Cooper & Fry novel THE CORPSE BRIDGE entered the UK bestseller list at number 17 this week. Many thanks to all the dedicated Cooper & Fry readers who rushed out and bought it in the first few days!

Launch events for THE CORPSE BRIDGE took place at Gedling Book Festival in Nottingham, and at Chesterfield Library in Derbyshire, along with signings at Bookworm, Retford, and Scarthin Books in Cromford, and an evening at Waterstones in Derby. Signed copies of the new book are now available at Bookworm and Scarthin Books, at Waterstones in Chesterfield, Nottingham and Derby, and at Goldsboro Books in London.

Signings are coming up soon at Waterstones in Doncaster and Reading Matters in Chapel-en-le-Frith, and I'll be at the BeaconLit Festival in Buckinghamshire this weekend (28th June). 

During the next few weeks, I'll also be visiting County Durham, Lancashire, Cambridge and West Yorkshire. For details of forthcoming dates, visit the Events page on the website:

Thursday, June 19, 2014


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It's here! THE CORPSE BRIDGE has arrived in UK bookshops. Copies that were advance ordered should be reaching you now, and the book should be downloading as we speak to your ebook readers. 
The latest instalment in the lives of Derbyshire police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry and their colleagues in E Division is awaiting your discovery!

Peak District locations used in this book range from an abandoned cheese factory to the primeval landscape of the Dragon's Back, from mysterious testing grounds near Buxton to the ancient bridge itself.

Here's a bit of blurb to give you a taste of THE CORPSE BRIDGE:

"The old Corpse Bridge is the route taken for centuries by mourners from villages on the western fringes of Derbyshire to a burial ground across the River Dove, now absorbed into the landscaped parkland of a stately home called Knowle Abbey.

"When Earl Manby, the landowner, announces plans to deconsecrate the burial ground to turn it into a car park for his holiday cottages, bodies begin to appear once again on the road to the Corpse Bridge. Is there a connection with the Earl's plans? Or worse, is there a terrifying serial killer at work?

"Back in his job after the traumatic events of previous months, Detective Sergeant Ben Cooper knows that he must unravel the mystery of the Corpse Bridge if he's going to be able to move on with his life. 

"As the pressure builds, Ben doesn't know who he can trust and, when the case reaches breaking point, he has to make a call that could put everything - and everyone - at risk..."

** And the first review of THE CORPSE BRIDGE has already arrived, thanks to Book Addict Shaun, who says:

"This is one of his best books to date... do not hesitate to pick it up and devour it!"

You can read the full review online:

THE CORPSE BRIDGE can be ordered here:


Amazon UK:

Book Depository:

The Hive:

The ebook edition is again released simultaneously with the hardback:

Amazon Kindle:

Waterstones ePub:

And the unabridged audio version is also now available, read by Mike Rogers:

Publication in other countries will follow soon:
Australia - 24th June
Canada - 29th July
(*Sorry, we're still awaiting a release date for the USA)

For signings and events in the UK, see the Events Page on the website:

There will be signed copies of THE CORPSE BRIDGE available from various booksellers, including Bookworm of Retford, Scarthin Books in Cromford, Waterstones Chesterfield, Waterstones Derby, Waterstones Doncaster, Reading Matters in Chapel-en-le-Frith, and Goldsboro Books in London.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


On the run-up to publication of THE CORPSE BRIDGE this week, I was asked to write a piece for the blog of UK booksellers Waterstones, where I talk about the role the Peak District plays in the Cooper & Fry series. They call it 'Building The Corpse Bridge'. You can read the full blog piece here:

You can also get a sneak peek of the new book on the CrimeVault website:

Several launch events for THE CORPSE BRIDGE are coming up soon. It's always great to see lots of Cooper & Fry readers, so come along if you get the chance.

First off, I'll be appearing at Gedling Book Festival in Nottingham this Friday (20th June). This is a terrific three-day festival, which is now in its second year. It's hosted by Gedling Borough Council and organised by New Writers UK. Friday is Crime and History Day, with events taking place at the Bonington Theatre in Arnold. 

All the events are free, and my session is at 1.30pm. Waterstones Nottingham will be on hand with books for sale. More details of the festival are here:

Immediately after my appearance at Gedling Book Festival, I'll be heading off into Derbyshire to do a launch evening at Chesterfield Library, starting at 7.30pm. This is again organised in conjunction with Waterstones Chesterfield, who will be providing the book stall. This is a ticketed event (tickets £3, concessions £2) available from the library. To make sure of a place, phone 01629 533400.

These events will be followed by signings at several bookshops in the area. On Saturday (21st June), I'll be at Bookworm in Retford, Nottinghamshire, from 10am to 12 noon, then from 2.30pm I'll be signing THE CORPSE BRIDGE at Scarthin Books in Cromford, Derbyshire. Both will be happy to reserve signed copies for you. Contact Bookworm on 01777 869224 or, while Scarthin can be contacted on 01629 823272 or

Next week, I'll be doing an evening event at Waterstones in Derby (Thursday 26th June, 7pm start), and on Saturday 28th I'll be down in Buckinghamshire to take part in the BeaconLit Festival at Ivinghoe, near Leighton Buzzard:  

Later in the year, watch out for more library events in Barnard Castle in County Durham, St Anne's in Lancashire, Ecclesfield in Bradford, Hinckley in Leicestershire, Walsall in the West Midlands, and a visit being planned to Northern Ireland. 

There will also be a special Summer Crime Party at Heffers' bookshop in Cambridge, and I'll be back at 'Not the Hay Festival' in Beeston, Nottingham, during October.

Saturday, June 14, 2014


The 14th Cooper & Fry novel THE CORPSE BRIDGE is due for publication very soon in the UK (19th June, in fact). You can get a sneak peek at the new book here:

Launch events are coming up in the UK during the next few weeks:

FRIDAY 20th JUNE, 1.30pm
Gedling Book Festival, Bonington Theatre, Front Street, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 7EE - talk and signing (with New Writers UK). FREE admission. Festival details here:!events/c1qu7

FRIDAY 20th JUNE, 7.30pm
Chesterfield Library Theatre, New Beetwell Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 1QN - launch for the 14th Cooper & Fry novel THE CORPSE BRIDGE (in conjunction with Waterstones Chesterfield). Tickets £3 (concessions £2) available from the library. To book a place, phone 01629 533400.

SATURDAY 21st JUNE, 10am - 12noon
Bookworm bookshop, Spa Lane, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 6EA - signing for THE CORPSE BRIDGE.
Phone 01777 869224 or email:

SATURDAY 21st JUNE, 2.30 - 4.30pm
Scarthin Books, The Promenade, Cromford, Derbyshire DE4 3QF - signing for THE CORPSE BRIDGE.
Phone 01629 823272 or email:

Waterstones, 78-80 St Peter's Street, Derby DE1 1SR - talk and signing for THE CORPSE BRIDGE.
Phone 01332 296997 or email:

BeaconLit Festival, Brookmead School, High St, Ivinghoe, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 9EX - crime panel with Jane Isaac, Anya Lipska and Dave Sivers. Full-day pass £13.50, afternoon pass £9.00. Book via the festival website:

TUESDAY 1st JULY, 5.45pm
Barnard Castle Library, 2 Hall Street, Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8JB - talk to readers, with Q&A and book signing. Phone 03000 263 409 or email:

SATURDAY 5th JULY, 11.30am - 1.30pm
Waterstones, 27 Frenchgate Centre, Doncaster DN1 1LJ - signing for THE CORPSE BRIDGE.
Phone 01302 329142 or email:

SATURDAY 12th JULY, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Reading Matters bookshop, 48 Market Street, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire SK23 0HY - signing for THE CORPSE BRIDGE. Phone 01298 938166 or email: