A former newspaper journalist, Stephen Booth is
the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, DS Ben Cooper and DS
Diane Fry, who have so far appeared in 13 crime novels, all set in and around
England's Peak District. The Cooper & Fry series has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, and
Detective Constable Cooper has been a finalist for the Sherlock Award for the
Best Detective created by a British author. In 2003 the Crime Writers’
Association presented Stephen with the Dagger in the Library Award for “the
author whose books have given readers most pleasure.” The novels are sold all around the world, with translations in 15 languages,
and are currently in development for a TV series. The most recent title is
ALREADY DEAD, with a new book, THE CORPSE BRIDGE, due for publication in June
2014. In recent years, Stephen has become a Library Champion in support of the UK’s
‘Love Libraries’ campaign. He has represented British literature at the
Helsinki Book Fair in Finland, appeared with Alexander McCall Smith at the
Melbourne Writers’ Festival in Australia, filmed a documentary for 20th Century
Fox on the French detective Vidocq, and taken part in online chats for World
Book Day. But, most of all, he says he likes to stay at home and write
As helicopters search Northern England's Peak District for fifteen year-old Laura Vernon, Detective Constable Ben Cooper quietly dreads the worst. And when her body is found in the woods, Cooper's investigation begins with a short list of markedly uncooperative suspects: retired miner Harry Dickinson, whose black Labrador discovered Laura's body, and Laura's wealthy parents. Uneasily teamed with ambitious newcomer Detective Constable Diane Fry, Cooper tests a town's family ties, friendships, and loyaties -- and finds that in order to understand the present, they must unearth the past
Black Dog written by Stephen Booth
Narrated by David Thorpe
Running time 13H and 22 min.
I must confess, when I started this book I was less than
enthusiastic about the plot, the narrator etc.
It took me forever to get into the story. I have no use though for giving up on an
audio book. They cost a fortune here in
South Africa so once I get my hands on one I stick with it. Especially since I mostly listen to these
books at work while doing normal admin tasks etc.
So I stuck with this one.
And soon found that my lack of enthusiasm was replaced with a need to
know, I got invested with the policemen investigating the case. I got to love the mystery that surrounded the
household of the 15 year old victim. I
came to care.
The narrator that left me less than impressed at the start…David
Thorpe soon drew me into a new level of the story, one where the characters all
got endowed with their very own personalities.
By the time I was three chapters in the hook has been sunk,
I bit and did not let go. The plot is
not especially fast instead the better part of the book is based on character
building making the end all the more impressive.
Will I recommend this book to friends, yes. Will I read more by this author and listen to
more books narrated by this narrator YES.