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The Corpse Bridge by Stephen Booth
  

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The action all takes place between Halloween and Guy Fawkes which gives you an idea of the ghostly atmosphere created in this crime. It actually takes a long time for murder to be committed but the police, particularly DS Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, are busy nonetheless. We get lots of historic detail about the Coffin Roads and a lot about the countryside in Derbyshire in this slow building tale. Mainly it is about the community against the stately home owner, about preserving the past which, although not one of the author’s best, is certainly an enthralling read.

If you like Stephen Booth you might also like to read books by Peter Robinson, Val McDermid and Denise Mina.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Certain writers have a loyal and enthusiastic following without ever (to their chagrin) achieving the stellar heights of bestsellerdom, and Stephen Booth is among that number. But there is no gainsaying his continuing achievement in the genre. The old Corpse Bridge of the title here has, for centuries, been the route taken by mourners from villagers in Derbyshire to a nearby burial ground, now absorbed into the landscape park of a stately home. When the landowner announces plans to deconsecrate the ground and turn it into a car park, there is much ill-feeling – bodies begin to appear again on the road. It’s a knotty mystery for Stephen Booth’s copper Detective Sgt Ben Cooper to solve.
~ Barry Forshaw

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Synopsis

The Corpse Bridge by Stephen Booth

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. 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...

About the Author

Stephen Booth

Born in Lancashire, Stephen Booth has been a newspaper and magazine journalist for 25 years. He has worked as a rugby reporter, a night shift sub-editor on the ‘Scottish Daily Express’ and Production Editor of the ‘Farming Guardian’ magazine, in addition to spells on local newspapers in the North of England. Stephen lives in a Georgian dower house in Nottinghamshire with his wife, three cats and three goats.

His debut crime novel ‘Black Dog’ was the first in a series set in the Peak District and featuring young Derbyshire police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry. ‘Black Dog’ was named as one of the six best crime novels of 2000 by the ‘London Evening Standard’, and Reginald Hill said: “Stephen Booth’s ‘Black Dog’ sinks its teeth into you and doesn’t let you go.”

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Stephen Booth

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Hardback

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Crime / Mystery
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9780751551730

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