Tuesday, October 2, 2018

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Dead in the Dark by Stephen Booth

Dead in the Dark

by Stephen Booth

on Tour September 25 - October 25, 2018


How do you prove a murder without a body?

Ten years ago, Reece Bower was accused of killing his wife, a crime he always denied. Extensive police searches near his home in Bakewell found no trace of Annette Bower's remains, and the case against him collapsed.

But now memories of the original investigation have been
resurrected for Detective Inspector Ben Cooper – because Reece Bower himself has disappeared, and his new wife wants answers.

Cooper can't call on the Major Crime Unit and DS Diane Fry for help unless he can prove a murder took place – impossible without a body. As his search moves into the caves and abandoned mines in the isolated depths of Lathkilldale, the question is: who would want revenge for the death of Annette Bower?

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery

Published by: Witness Impulse

Publication Date: September 25, 2018

Number of Pages: 384

ISBN: 0062876104 (ISBN13: 9780062876102)

Series: Cooper & Frye Mysteries #17

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

My Opinion:

I really liked it. I got into Ben and wanted to know more about him. I like how the case was intertwined in another case. I am not a big police mystery reader so this was fun for me. Ben seemed like a decent guy and someone you would easily want to work with. Fry, on the other hand, was a b**ch. I did not like this woman at all. In fact, they could have removed her and the book would have been better. She did not add anything to the story but misery. Like who wants to be in this woman's head? She doesn't even get along with her own sister. She seems jilted and just downright nasty. No redeeming qualities to her at all for me.

Overall the book was great and I liked the writing of it. I like the tale and was interested in finding out what happened so it kept me reading. Take out Fry and thumbs up. I also like that it is set in  Britain, as I haven't read many books that focus over there and that was fun for me. Just reading about the ways they say things as opposed to the US. I totally recommend this mystery book as a fun, fast read!

I give this book 4 of 5 stars!

Read an excerpt:

Chapter One

No one wants to die in the dark. To lie alone in the blackness, feeling the chill of death creep slowly over you. Shut away from the light as the fear numbs your limbs and chokes the breath in your throat. The long, long sinking into the cold depths. And then to sense that slipping away. The final slipping away into nothing.

Do you feel that stab of pain as it shoots through your chest? Try to make your breathing more shallow. You have several broken ribs, a fractured arm, perhaps a punctured lung. You can hardly know, in the dark. But you can feel the internal bleeding, the seeping blood as it squeezes your internal organs, bloats your stomach and intestines. You know your injuries are fatal.

That fear of the dark is overwhelming. Because this is true darkness, an eternal night in which your eyes have become useless. Your heart thumps uselessly as you strain to see where you’re lying. You can sense space around you, a slight movement of icy air, a shifting of heavy masses, a solid weight way above your head. A sharp, stabbing pain is in your back from something hard you’re lying on. This isn’t a grave. But it is your tomb.

Does your fear of the dark make any sense? When you’re dead, you go into endless blackness. Yet you’ve always hoped you would get one last glimpse of the light, always prayed that you wouldn’t die alone.

Well, that’s not going to happen. There’s nothing for you to see here. Not a glimmer of light, not a flicker of hope. Only the darkness.

A creak and a rattling makes you freeze. Is someone here? Or some thing? But no . . . you breathe out and release the pain. The noise has quite a different meaning. It’s something huge shifting overhead. It signals the end, the approach of your death. You’re about to be crushed completely.

Excerpt from Dead In The Dark by Stephen Booth. Copyright © 2018 by Witness Impulse. Reproduced with permission from Witness Impulse. All rights reserved.

Stephen Booth

Author Bio:

A former newspaper journalist, British author Stephen Booth is the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, Ben Cooper and Diane Fry, who have appeared in 17 crime novels, all set in and around England's Peak District.

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for an honest review. This in no way influenced my review of the book. All opinions are my own. Thank you to the publisher and author for a chance to read this novel. 


  1. I have this on my TBR list and am looking forward to reading it.

  2. Many thanks for featuring 'Dead in the Dark' on your blog. Much appreciated. :)

  3. It's too bad the female lead wasn't more enjoyable to read. I always like reading a female point of view.

  4. I haven't heard of this author before so thank you Mary!

  5. What an intriguing book! Great review and excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love the cover. It tells me this is the kind of book I want to read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Sounds dark and creepy...Can't wait to read it.

  8. This sounds like a fantastic read.

  9. This book sounds like a fantastic read.

  10. I've never read this Author before but I will definitely be adding this to my TRL. Thanks for your review.
    Carol Luciano
    Lucky4750 at aol dot com

  11. Sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. Thanks for the review .


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