Category Archives: Stephen Booth

The Hanging Valley, Peter Robinson

The Hanging Valley gives a taste of both new and old. The fourth of Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks books is the first to include a section set in Canada where the writer now lives. While Robinson takes his protagonist into new geographical … Continue reading

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Blind to the Bones, Stephen Booth

Officers were explaining patiently to distraught mothers that it was impossible for somebody who had been missing for only twenty-four hours to have been reduced to a skeleton in that time, no matter how badly they’d been eating recently.   … Continue reading

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Musical Tastes of Fictional Characters (2)

In a previous post about the music enjoyed by fictional characters I mentioned a Waterboys reference in Stephen Booth’s  first book Black Dog. The reference is in fact in his second book, Dancing With the Virgins.   ‘That was the … Continue reading

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Musical Tastes of Fictional Characters

One thing I’m enjoying when I read Stephen Booth’s books is the occasional musical reference. It seems like his Detective Constable Ben Cooper (maybe even Booth himself?) shares my musical taste. I think it was in Booth’s first book Black … Continue reading

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Blood on the Tongue, Stephen Booth

It was one of the worst sounds you could ever hear – the ticking of a clock in an empty house after its owner had died. It was a reminder that the world would carry on just the same after … Continue reading

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The Costs and Pitfalls of Book Buying.

I have far too many books – and still I buy more. When I develop a new reading interest, or a new interest in general, I’m not satisfied to dabble around the edges, I jump right in and obtain as … Continue reading

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What I Did on the Weekend. (Friday)

I remember in my very early school days, when my class were developing basic writing proficiency, we had to write short accounts with the title “What I did on the weekend”. As I rarely did anything really interesting on weekends, … Continue reading

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From the Midlands to the North and then Further North Again.

This week I finished Sarah Ward’s A Deadly Thaw, and posted a review of it yesterday. I loved the book but not my review. I’ve now started Hidden Depths by Ann Cleeves, and I can easily see how her work … Continue reading

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Black Dog, by Stephen Booth

Stephen Booth is one of the authors I’ve recently discovered who set their fiction in my former home county of Derbyshire. Black Dog is his first book, introducing locally born Detective Constable Ben Cooper, and DC Diane Fry, newly transferred to rural … Continue reading

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Derbyshire Crime Writing

I found this to be a very interesting video, presented by two crime writers whose work is set in Derbyshire, my home county in England. Unfortunately there are some strange interruptions that cut the flow of the talk, and some apparent … Continue reading

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