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?
I enjoy reading British mysteries and this is a good one. It has a good balance of scene description, character development and police procedure. I like that we get to read about some of Cooper's private life as he develops a relationship. Fry is a cooler character, all business it seems. I had difficulty liking her. It was interesting to see how their separate cases overlap.
What I liked best about this novel was the setting. I liked learning about the caves and previous mining in the Peak District. Even more interesting was the immigration aspect of the plot. I did not know that there are nearly a million Poles in England and that Polish is the second most spoken language there. And then there was the topic of modern slave trade, something I knew nothing about.
I do recommend this novel to those who like British mysteries. You'll read of police procedure, get a taste of the detectives' private lives, be immersed in an interesting area of England, and like me, might just be surprised at the resolution of one of the mysteries.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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
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