My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Secrets of Death
by Stephen Booth
on Tour April 3 - 30, 2017
Residents of the Peak District are used to tourists descending on its soaring hills and brooding valleys. However, this summer brings a different kind of visitor to the idyllic landscape, leaving behind bodies and secrets.
A series of suicides throughout the Peaks throws Detective Inspector Ben Cooper and his team in Derbyshire’s E Division into a race against time to find a connection to these seemingly random acts — with no way of predicting where the next body will turn up. Meanwhile, in Nottingham Detective Sergeant Diane Fry finds a key witness has vanished...
But what are the mysterious Secrets of Death?
And is there one victim whose fate wasn’t suicide at all?
Book Details:Genre: Thriller, Fiction
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: April 4th 2017
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 0062690353 (ISBN13: 9780062690357)
Series: Cooper & Fry #16 (Each is a Stand Alone Novel)
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I'm a latecomer to the Cooper & Fry series, just read the latest three books out of the sixteen that's been published, but I find the books interesting and I love how different Copper and Fry are. Fry isn't really the most, let say, warm person, almost wrote a human person, but she is still human, I think. Fry is struggling in this book with unwanted house guests in the form of her sister and nephew, meanwhile, Cooper is moving into his new house, probably in a way to try to cope with his recent loss. What they don't know is that they are working on the same case, well they are investigating the same person, but for different reasons...
It's a strange case, it seems that the suicide rating has been increasing lately, but what if the suicides is not a suicide, or rather what if someone is encouraging people to die? And, what's the connection with Fry's case?
Personally, I found the second half of the story the best when Fry and Cooper were working together, they are an interesting team and it's so much more enjoyable reading about them working together than separately. And, I felt that Fry just didn't do much to the story until they discovered the connection between the cases although, the tone seems to be a bit more frosty than in the last book, but with Fry is it hard to tell, to be honest.
I did not see the outcome of the case, how it all was linked and it was nice to not be able to figure it all out. Secrets of Death was a good book, perhaps not as engaging as the last one in the series, but I enjoyed reading this book.