Dead and Buried : Cooper and Fry

  • by Stephen Booth
  • Narrated by Mike Rogers
  • Series: Cooper and Fry
  • 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As riveting as Peter Robinson. As nerve-jangling as Peter James. Dead And Buried. Arson: Brutal acts of fire-starting have ravaged the Peak District, and now a new wave of moorland infernos sweeps across the national park. For DS Ben Cooper, the blazes are best left to the fire-fighters, even with the arsonists still at large.
Burglary: But when an intruder breaks into an abandoned pub, Cooper is on the case - and he swiftly unearths a pair of grim surprises. The first is evidence of a years-old double homicide. And the second is a corpse, newly dead....
Murder: What links the three deaths? Where are the missing bodies? Who is responsible - and how do the raging fires fit in? For Cooper and his rival DI Diane Fry, it's the most twisted investigation of their lives...and with an ingenious killer pulling the strings, it could also be their last. Drenched in atmosphere and danger, Stephen Booth's relentless new thriller builds to a shock finale that will catch even the most seasoned suspense readers off guard.


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A challenge for a mystery series writer is to keep the protagonist's story moving along for regular readers, but still make it accessible to new readers who may come into the series without reading earlier books. In Dead and Buried, the 13th in the Ben Cooper/Diane Fry series set in the Peak District in England, author Stephen Booth has crafted a story that any new reader will have no trouble following. Unfortunately, those who have read earlier books in the series are likely to be frustrated by the unchanging negative dynamic in the relationship between Ben Cooper and Diane Fry.

Just when Fry thought she'd finally escaped Edendale, its sheep and all the colleagues she disdained in Edendale's CID, she's dragged back. She's now part of a regional Major Crimes unit, called in when evidence is found relating to the high-profile disappearance of a couple on the moors near Edendale over two years earlier. That disappearance happened in a Christmastime blizzard, which is hard to picture now that it's a hot, dry summer and dangerous moorland fires keep popping up. The investigation takes on a new dimension when a murder victim is found in the Lighthouse, a now-closed pub that was connected to the disappearance of the couple. The victim isn't one of the couple, but he was a regular at the Lighthouse.

Ben Cooper, newly promoted to Detective Sergeant, is about to be married to Scene of Crime technician Liz Petty, and is a little distracted by all the wedding and house planning. But not so distracted as to fail to be annoyed at being put in an essentially subordinate position to Fry. For him, it's not so much that Diane is in a flashier position and is running the investigation, as that Diane is still so Diane. Diane is still hostile to everyone on the Edendale force, including (or even especially) Ben. She never misses a chance to make sarcastic and demeaning remarks, to dismiss any suggestions made by anyone else and to let everyone know just what she thinks of Edendale and everyone in it.

The mystery story here was promising, but I found it too easy to figure out what happened and whodunnit---and I'm usually no genius at that sort of thing. There was a piece of the story line that was just dropped, as if it was a red herring, even though it felt more like an additional thread that would be pursued to a separate conclusion. And the ending was jarringly abrupt.

Booth's writing is vividly descriptive and was put to good use in this story, with the moorland wildfires playing a part throughout the book. I just wish he'd use his writing power to go somewhere new with Ben Cooper and Diane Fry, especially Fry. She's painted as a talented, but extremely bitter person who tries to make life as miserable for everyone around her as it seems to be for her. I'm just sick of reading her nasty cracks and the way Ben Cooper seethes but never confronts her. I got the faintest glimmer at the end of the book that this may be about to change; that Ben's anger may boil over now. I hope that happens and that it's the catalyst for real change in the dynamic between these two characters. I'll give Booth one more chance to make that happen.

Mike Rogers does an excellent job with the northern English accents of several of the characters. He has a pleasing voice, clear enunciation and puts a lot of life into his reading.
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- Maine Colonial 🌲 "Maine Colonial 🌲"

So depressing and so repetitive

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really. Every single book in this series gasses on and on and on about all the place names the Peak District, and waxes rhapsodic about what a super special it is. We get it already. Move on. Plus the dynamic between Diane Fry and Ben Cooper never seems to change or develop. She's a bag and he's a pushover. Duly noted. The whole series is getting hackneyed.

Would you recommend Dead and Buried to your friends? Why or why not?

No, for the reasons noted above. Character development is sadly lacking, and I feel like the scenery is its own (major) character.

Did Mike Rogers do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I like his Gavin Murphin. Completely captures the character.

Could you see Dead and Buried being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


Any additional comments?

I used to love this series, but there is no longer anything original about it, and the characters haven't developed in any meaningful way.

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- Mary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-21-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK