Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Dead Place by Stephen Booth



  “This killing will be a model of perfection. An accomplishment to be proud of. And it could be tonight or maybe next week. But it will be soon. I promise.”

The anonymous phone calls indicate a disturbed mind with an unnatural passion for death. Cooper and Fry are hoping against hope that the caller is just a harmless crank having some sick fun. But the clues woven through his disturbing messages point to the possibility of an all-too-real crime . . . especially when a woman vanishes from an office parking garage.

But it’s the mystery surrounding an unidentified female corpse left exposed in the woods for over a year that really has the detectives worried. Whoever she might have been, the dead woman is linked to the mystery caller, whose description of his twisted death rituals matches the bizarre manner in which the body was found. And the mystery only deepens when Cooper obtains a positive I.D. and learns that the dead woman was never reported missing and that she definitely wasn’t murdered. As the killer draws them closer into his confidence, Ben and Diane learn everything about his deadly obsessions except what matters most: his identity and the identity of his next victim. . . .


STEPHEN BOOTH is an award winning British crime writer, the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who have appeared in twelve novels set in England’s beautiful and atmospheric Peak District.

Stephen has been a Gold Dagger finalist, an Anthony Award nominee, twice winner of a Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel, and twice shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year. Ben Cooper was a finalist for the Sherlock Award for the best detective created by a British author, and in 2003 the Crime Writers’ Association presented Stephen with the Dagger in the Library Award for “the author whose books have given readers the most pleasure”.

The Cooper & Fry series is published all around the world, and has been translated into 15 languages.


This was another long read for me.  I think this book seemed a little longer than it actually was because I found myself rereading parts at times.  Now, don't take that the wrong way.  I wasn't rereading them because I didn't understand them.  I had to go back to reread certain parts because I thought I missed something I should have picked up on.  Now, in my book, that is a good thing.

This is unique to me because I haven't really read many books like this.  Now, I have never read any of the other books in this series, so I think I might be missing some pieces to the characters.  I haven't gotten to know them over time, like others have. That is not to say one needs to read the others before this.  I just felt like I was missing a few links with the characters is all.

This book will have you guessing and reguessing... It's like the old board game Clue.  You remember that game don't you?  Whodunit, where, with what... Except we know many of the key parts; we just have to put the important pieces together correctly.

The easy, yet not so easy, relationship between the detectives adds to this book's story.  They are almost how you would envision them... or at least I envisioned them with trench coats and hats on.  I don't know why.  I think when I think of English detectives, I think of men and women in trench coats and hats... Just my own little stereotype I guess.

I am not going into detail about the plot.  It is in the blurb, and it gives you all of the information you really need.  Like I have said in many reviews, if I give you anymore to the plot, I might end up spoiling things for you or confusing you.  

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  It was a nice break from the romance and love stories that are floating around on my Kindle.  I like a good mystery or a good thriller now and then.

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