Peaks murder novel is a bestseller

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A crime novel which tells the story of a spate of dead bodies found at popular Peak District beauty spots is on the bestseller list.

Secrets of Death was the highest new entry in the UK Official Top 50 this week, coming in at number 29.

It is Nottinghamshire crime novelist Stephen Booth’s 16th novel in his award-winning series about two young police detectives DI Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry.

Stephen said writing ‘Secrets of Death’ had allowed him to use some of his favourite locations in the Peak District, such as Monsal Head and Surprise View near Hathersage - though not for the usual purposes.

He added: “As well as the locations, the characters of Ben Cooper and Diane Fry are a major factor bringing readers back to read more and more books in the series.

“People get very involved in their lives. And in this novel there are changes ahead for both characters.”

In Secrets of Death, Detective Inspector Cooper and his team find there is no way of knowing where the next body will turn up and Cooper’s suspicion is that someone is orchestrating a series of apparent suicides.

Meanwhile Detective Sergeant Diane Fry, based in Nottingham with the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, has a missing suspect. The two are forced to work together again to solve the mysterious ‘Secrets of Death’.

Stephen Booth is a former deputy editor of the Worksop Guardian, where he worked for 15 years, but has been writing crime fiction full-time for the last sixteen years.

His Cooper and Fry novels have won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Crime Writers’ Association’s Dagger in the Library Award in the UK, and two Barry Awards for Best British Crime Novel in the USA.

One of Stephen’s lead characters, Detective Inspector Ben Cooper, was also a finalist for the Sherlock Award for Best Detective created by a British Author.

The books now sell all over the world and have been translated into 16 languages, including Russian and Japanese. He has been described by The Guardian as ‘A modern master’ and by The Sunday Telegraph as ‘One of our best story tellers.’