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“This killing will be a model of perfection. An accomplishment to be proud of. And it could be tonight or maybe next week. But it will be soon. I promise.”The anonymous phone calls indicate a disturbed mind with an unnatural passion for death. Cooper and Fry are hoping against hope that the caller is just a harmless crank having some sick fun. But the clues woven through h“This killing will be a model of perfection. An accomplishment to be proud of. And it could be tonight or maybe next week. But it will be soon. I promise.”The anonymous phone calls indicate a disturbed mind with an unnatural passion for death. Cooper and Fry are hoping against hope that the caller is just a harmless crank having some sick fun. But the clues woven through his disturbing messages point to the possibility of an all-too-real crime . . . especially when a woman vanishes from an office parking garage.But it’s the mystery surrounding an unidentified female corpse left exposed in the woods for over a year that really has the detectives worried. Whoever she might have been, the dead woman is linked to the mystery caller, whose description of his twisted death rituals matches the bizarre manner in which the body was found. And the mystery only deepens when Cooper obtains a positive I.D. and learns that the dead woman was never reported missing and that she definitely wasn’t murdered. As the killer draws them closer into his confidence, Ben and Diane learn everything about his deadly obsessions except what matters most: his identity and the identity of his next victim. . . ....

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The Dead Place Reviews

  • Samantha
    2019-05-09 10:13

    A good, but not a great, book.For me, the only real reason I read these books is because I simply adore the character of Det. Constable Ben Cooper. I don't know, maybe I'm just a sucker for small town English boys who like history, are polite to a fault, have a keen sense of justice, recognize their own shortcomings, and have a cat.If I was going to have an imaginary boyfriend, Ben Cooper would be it.That being said, the overall story is a pretty good mystery, although, for once, I guessed who the bad guy was before I reached the end, which never happens.The book begins with Ben Cooper trying to identify some skeletal remains found in the woods and Det. Sergeant Diane Fry (a completely unlikeable and unsympathetic character, in my opinion) reading the transcript of a mysterious phone call describing a potential future murder.Of course, as it turns out, the two cases merge later in the book. Fry has personal issues (she had a terrible childhood, boo-friggin'-hoo) that are exacerbated by the case, Cooper's frustrated by his inability to break through to Diane, and the reader gets to learn more about cremation than they ever really wanted to.Oh, and throw in the usual head-butting between Cooper and Fry, a little comic relief from Det. Constable Gavin Murfin, and a rather lame red herring for good measure, and that about wraps it up.All in all, Booth's Cooper/Fry series is enjoyable, even if the plots are rather implausible at times. This installment was no exception to that. Although, Booth's little details about the local geography are interesting and make me wish I could go there myself, if the places really exist.I have to admit, though, that I tend to skim past the parts that center around Diane Fry since I dislike her so much. Which of course means about half of each of the books. I keep hoping she'll become less irritating with each subsequent book, but it hasn't happened yet.Maybe next time.

  • Penny
    2019-05-12 03:06

    Poor old Ben Cooper has to investigate the death of a woman who is found on the moors decomposing. Inconveniently the records tell us she died in hospital and was buried 18 months earlier!This is another Cooper and Fry book with a solid mystery, good atmospherics and plenty of red herrings along the way. Diane Fry appears considerably more grouchy in this one and Ben has to put up with her moaning. She needs something to cheer up her life - dont know if Mr Booth is planning on that at all!

  • Monika
    2019-05-17 03:13

    Sjätte delen i serien om Ben Cooper och Diane Fry blir ingen besvikelse. Alla ingredienser för en intressant historia finns här. Märk väl: intressant. Inte spännande. Det här är ingen rafflande deckare och den som gillar action göre sig icke besvär. Läs mer på min blogg

  • Kelly
    2019-04-27 06:33

    One of the things I like about Stephen Booth's mysteries is that I always end up learning a lot about some subject that impacts the case—underground cave systems, or Morris dancing, or what-have-you. This time, the subject is death, which would seem to be a given in any murder investigation, but this one gets down to death's nitty gritty. I gleaned some nifty details about modern embalming and cremation as well as ancient burial customs. (I also learned that Churchill's parrot lived to be 105 years old. Whaddya know?) But here's the problem: for a book so steeped in death, it's probably the least compelling and somehow least dark of Booth's books so far. There's no forward momentum, no sense of imminent danger. Black Dog and Dancing With the Virgins, his first two titles, are so dense and dark and twisty. I hope he's not losing his touch. I'll continue the series for now, but hope for a return to the deft plotting that made me a fan.

  • Terri
    2019-04-23 09:15

    This got one star, only because there's nothing lower. If you want a book that tells you way, way too much about what happens when a body decays after death, then I guess this is your book. But, for me, wanting to read a good, English mystery...UGH. Every chapter has an excerpt from a killer's death diary, about how the body decays and deteriorates; and the rest of the chapter, about finding him, is almost worse.

  • Colin Mitchell
    2019-04-25 06:11

    An enjoyable read although the subject is death, dying and decay. Remains of a woman's body are found on a remote Derbyshire hillside and this leads Cooper and Fry on a trail that leads them to more death through a trail of dubious academic experts and corrupt funeral directors. Fry still seems to be trying to put Cooper down all the time and then appears jealous of his new love interest.Criticism, the book is over long.

  • Jen
    2019-04-30 03:32

    The Dead Place is a Cooper and Fry mystery by Stephen Booth. I liked the first two books in this series, but have missed several. Creepy anonymous phone calls to the police, a morbid fascination with death, a funeral home full of suspects, a professor specializing in death rituals, plenty of detail about what happens to the body following death, more than enough about preparing a body for viewing at a funeral home. I'm glad, my husband and I have chosen cremation. (Although, I despise the term "cremains.")Favorite parts: nods to Cold Comfort Farm, Inspector Morse, and Midsommer Murders; Gavin Murfin's character.Overall, the book didn't work as well for me as did Black Dog and Dancing with the Virgins. Fortunately, Booth let Cooper take the lead in this one, because Fry comes off so flat and snarky. She isn't a likable character to begin with (and deliberately so), but at least in the first two books she was interesting. Booth does seem to be preparing for some changes in Fry, but she remains an annoying cipher in this book.The first two books in this series were quite good, and I have missed books 3, 4, and 5--so I am not going to let my disappointment in this one deter me from reading more Cooper & Fry.Harper/Collins (purchased ebook)Mystery, police procedural. 2014. Print length: 608 pages.

  • Itanbi
    2019-05-10 04:28

    Since the books in this series can stand alone (except for the personal details about the main character's life, which I am not particularly interested in), I have not bothered looking for and reading them in the right order.My two-cent for just this book: I liked the plot in overall, however I did find it a bit too length-y, the details were unnecessarily stretched out abit. I also saw that there were many people, down in the review section, saying that this book has too much details about what happens to body after death -- the body prep for funeral procedure, stages of decompostions, but I thought those were the essence of this book. I loved learning about those details. I had always wondered how do the undertakers preps the body (especially someone who had horrible accident). This helped me realize that in a way undertakers are medical students; they have to know about microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy on top of that have skills of a surgeons, painters and sculptors. How cool is that! If that doesn't sound facinating I dunno what does. Anyway back to book, Constable Cooper is still adorable and DS Fry is still annoying. The relationship between those two is ugh, I feel like they are going to end up together one minute and next Fry goes and ruins that thought for me. I also thought it was a self-reflecting book in a way. The talk about death, whether it is accepting the death of loved ones or coming in terms with your own death down the road, it makes you think, "well, where do I stand on the spectrum of accepting this natural phenomena?" Are you avoiding thinking about it or constantly worrying about it? I thought Booth showed this using Gavin, he was constantly worrying about his tenure before then later thought of just enjoying the life as it come. And I think that is how we should be living as well. Live in the moment, take in every precious seconds of our "borrowed" time here on earth --things that are happening inside us and around us -- without constanly worrying about our past or future. I had heard the quote "You only hate what you don't understand." before, so I don't like using the word hate anymore. Cooper says it in this book as well "It's the unknown we're most frightened of, the things we don't understand. And more than anything else in the world, death is the great unknown." Isn't that true though? Not just in regards to death, also people around us? People that we think we hate? If we take a step back and think "wait why do i hate this person?", usually it is not because they did us wrong but because we dont understand why they did what they did. Another quote that hit me hard was this: "We know so little about death. But the fact is, most of us know even less about love." Why can we not say what is on my mind honestly? World would be a better place if we could only express our love toward others openly, does not have to be romantic love but also friendship, parental, strangers too, instead of hiding it inside us. I mean c'mon how times have you thought someone's dress, shoes, hair or whatever looked good but never voiced it out? I know i have had those moments hundreds of times! "Would it kill me to say it out loud? No! So why didn't I?" A question I have. asked myself hundreds of times too. All I can say is it's a work in progress for now, I don't blurt of every single time, I have started to voice them out little by little. Let us spread the love, people, not hate! :)Overall, good read. Enjoyed it!

  • P Seeley
    2019-05-07 07:06

    Too creepy for me. Too much reveling in rolling around in the icky stuff. I don't need my mysteries cozy, though I like those too, but this novel had a creepy vibe that made me skip through a bunch of stuff I just didnt need to know. The only good point for me was that several characters, including Cooper, finally call Fry on her incessant, uncalled for snottiness to civilians and coworkers. Not that I expect her behavior to change much in the next book(s), but at least I'm not left wondering why no one ever slaps her in the face, or at least tells her she's being a total jerk. No one answered her rudeness with rudeness, but at least they put her in her place, nicely.

  • John Husband
    2019-04-22 04:30

    I enjoyed the beginning of the book but then the pace of the book feels like a meander through an investigation and lacks real drama. I also feel the author could have developed the relationship between the two main characters Ben Cooper & Diane Fry much more. I have not read any of the other books in the series which may have been a disadvantage.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-27 08:32

    Not my favorite of the series.

  • Okidoki
    2019-05-22 06:33

    Äckelvarning. Fånig historia.

  • Roxane
    2019-05-18 08:13

    As always with Mr. Booth - an excellent and scary story....

  • Maddy
    2019-05-15 10:17

    RATING: 3.25Although not given to pursuing wild goose chases, Detective Sergeant Diane Fry is spending a lot of time trying to nail down the disturbed individual who is making anonymous calls with promises of murders to come, and providing intellectually obscure clues that have to do with "the dead place", a location which means something to the caller but is maddeningly hidden to the police.At the same time, Detective Constable Ben Cooper is following the threads of another mystery and trying to determine the identity of a skeletonized corpse found in the woods. Cooper finds that there's been an instance of body snatching, a fact that leads him to scrutinizing those who are involved with dealing with the dead. The underlying theme of the book has to do with death, most especially the biological processes that take place once life is over. Booth provides some thought provoking visions of the changes taking place to the physical body. At the same time, one of the advisers on the case specializes in thanatology and provides historical insights into views of death, which at times verges on being a lecture.As always, it's fun to follow the dynamics of the relationship between laid-back Ben Cooper and driven Diane Fry. There is generally a feeling of friction between them, alleviated at times by a teasing sense of connection. They certainly don't seem destined to fall into bed together, but stranger things have been known to happen! One of the most positive characteristics of this series is the way that Booth portrays the Peak District setting. His descriptions are marvelous. However, in The Dead Place, there were so many locales and types of topography that I couldn't visualize them – I often wished that I could have seen a video of what was being described. I am a huge fan of Stephen Booth's, but sadly found The Dead Place to be one of the weaker entries in the series. I didn't find the premise of the book particularly mesmerizing; there was nothing going on that was in the least suspenseful activity and the revelation of the villain wasn't at all surprising. It never seemed that anyone was in danger, in spite of the threats made in the phone calls. The pace of the book was slow, and I frequently found my attention wandering. Certainly, Booth's technical skills as a writer are superlative; there just wasn't enough tension in The Dead Place to hold my interest for almost 600 pages.

  • Barbara Mitchell
    2019-05-03 03:33

    I thought I had read a book in this series before but when I checked, I didn't see Booth's name on my list. Must have been several years ago, or I've just heard so much about the series that I was mistaken. This Cooper and Fry series is popular and successful of course, but I was a bit disappointed with this particular story,First, Cooper and Fry. I do like Cooper. He's a thinker, compassionate toward people and animals, has a good detective's intuition, and seems easy to get along with. Fry, on the other hand, is in this story at least moody, touchy, edgy, and a bit obtuse. I noted that she's dealing with some issues from her childhood when she was shuttled from foster home to foster home, and her sister is now living with her. Since the sister is a former heroin addict, this is causing problems.The story is difficult to follow and has strange characters. For instance, a retired professor who specializes in (actually is obsessed with) death, all aspects of death. There is a funeral home owned by Melvyn Hudson with employee Vernon Slack, the grandson of one of the founders of the business. Melvyn thinks of Vernon as stupid and useless.Speaking of useless, one funny spot in this depressing story is that Cooper meets the property owner where a body is found and the man has four hound dogs who tend to sleep in a pile on the porch. Their names are Graceless, Feckless, Aimless, and Pointless. I still laugh at them and their names.There are other murders and attempted murders, missing persons, a crematorium, a series of mysterious phone calls tantalizing the detectives with supposed clues to a murder coming soon and I found it tough to follow. At the end I didn't feel as if I had all the answers I needed. Some likely suspects just seemed to drop off the edge of the page never to be heard from again.Keeping in mind that sometimes what doesn't appeal to me might be just the thing for another reader, Cooper & Fry mysteries didn't get so popular without something good going for them so I intend to read at least one more. Maybe I just happened to start with a rare miss from this author.Recommended if you know and love this seriesSource: Publisher Witness Impulse Imprint, HarperCollins

  • Priya
    2019-04-27 03:11

    Originally posted here: http://peskypiksipesternomi.blogspot....The last time I was this addicted to a book series was Harry Potter, and considering the Potter-fanatic that I am, that's saying something. The thing I love the most about these Cooper and Fry books, which may be classified as police procedural, is that they are all about the characters. Like Stephen King, Booth manages to dive right into people's minds and build true to life characters. You don't always like them nor agree with them, especially not Diane Fry, but that's what makes them click. Ben Cooper is, of course, easy to be fond of, it's great to be inside his mind, read his thoughts and his instincts and how he feels for the victims. But even with Fry, he makes a good partnership (okay, it's not good, more like challenging), and together they're unlike your usual awkward-tension-turns-to-love pairs.The Dead Place, not surprisingly, is about death. It's about the morbid fascination that so many people seem to have with dying, the book is also about the history of death or death in history, sarcophagi and cremation and all that. The Dead Place, on a more positive note, is about dealing with loss and facing death on a personal and professional front. It takes you to grieving families in various stages of shock and denial, and at the same time, gives you a glimpse into the coolly detached workings of a funeral home. Death is a part of life and in The Dead Place, Booth gives it an emotional depth rarely achieved in murder mysteries.The thing that makes The Dead Place work, above all, is the atmosphere. The picturesque imagery of the northern English countryside is rich with detail. You just know he knows what he's writing about, and you find yourself right there inside the books. It's the unique combination of a swift plot with brooding, often meandering writing, quite unlike the usual action packed thrillers out there, that makes The Dead Place so special.I would recommend this book to anyone who (as the dedication of the book goes) has ever had to deal with death.

  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-05-18 03:04

    The rugged, isolating mountains of the Peak District are again the setting for police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry. This author writes quality books, dripping with cold, wet details. A skeletal set of remains is discovered in woods, but the woman has not been reported missing. A weirdo phones the cop-shop from a village call-box to rant about killing. A woman, having worked late, is followed through a multi-storey car park. DS Fry leaves the more usual murder, where a council house man bashed up his girlfriend and phoned the police himself, to ask a funeral director if anyone was behaving suspiciously at a funeral; using a call-box perhaps? A farm at the rainy end of the valley is permanently wet; the gritstone and limestone mountains shut off sunlight and moss carpets everything. In town, the steeply sloping land makes a multi-storey car park the only option. Roads and tracks are sparsely used and the quiet, slow-paced locals resent outsiders. Abandoned graveyards and a plague village dot the landscape. CCTV, geocaching and forensic facial reconstruction however set this tale in the present. Cooper's mother has fallen at her senior home - city girl Fry finds herself growing further apart from her returned sister. Rough diamond DC Murfin has suddenly decided to cram for a sergeant's exam, rather than move back to uniform, in an excellent example of character growth. The painstaking detective work is well depicted, as is the process of consigning the deceased to the hereafter. In fact the strong emphasis on morbid decay won't suit everyone. I suggest that you can skip those parts. My dislike of macabre rantings in italics, interspersed showing us the mindset of the antagonist, is the main complaint I have. Italics are very hard on the eye. And as always in serial killer stories, when I've read one set of ravings, I skip the rest. Some readers might be more interested. Stephen Booth has drawn from his career as a journalist - such people attend a lot of local funerals - to enrich the story with characters and this tale of police persistence is a good fit for the series.

  • Shireen
    2019-05-13 03:11

    I read recently that this series featuring Diane Fry and Ben Cooper, two police detectives in Derbyshire, England, is popular in Canada. It's nice to know I'm amongst much company. But I'm not surprised. This is British to the core but not in a stereotypical way. Instead the characters are nuanced, they grow from book to book, they create conflict through their personality quirks and because of their past history. There is never a dull moment in any of these books so far, including The Dead Place. However, at one point in this book, I was getting a tad annoyed (and distracted from the story) with Fry's constant anger. She seems to be in a snarky, irritable mood all the time in this series, always looking for the wrong way to look at things. It's wearing, and her detective skills are at odds with that kind of emotionalism. But just as I was about to be turned off by her attitude enough to close the book, Stephen Booth switched it up, and I once more became engrossed in the plot and the characters.It is a long read, which in this case is a good thing. There are some characters that you just want to stay with for a long time, and Cooper and Fry and their ever-eating colleague Gavin Murfin, fit the bill.When Booth revealed whodunnit, I have to admit I was confused. This is why many authors have wrap-up scenes -- to unconfuse those of us who get lost. Booth's wrap-up is more than just an explanation though; it's a continuation of the relationship between the police detectives and an exploration of the characters affected by the crime. Sometimes one gets lost because the author is trying to be too clever and leaves out crucial details as a way to prevent the reader from solving the mystery. But here it's more that the story has so many threads that come together in a tighter and tighter weave that you need to be able to hold it all in your memory. I wasn't able to. Still, I enjoyed the challenge, and I enjoyed the story. It's well worth spending a few hours with.

  • Mary Gilligan-Nolan
    2019-05-03 04:22

    My latest read in the Cooper/Fry series by Stephen Booth and so far, I have loved this series. This one however, was the weakest link. I think he is still doing great work on the characters stories and the relationship between Ben Cooper and Diane Fry, but the plot here was not as good as previous books. The dialogue was once again peppered with some great wit and humor, I particularly love the Gavin Murfin character. His love of food is legendary and hilarious. This story was centered on the discovery of a body or the remains of one rather, that is difficult to identify as it seems it has been left to the elements for a year and a half and identification is nearly impossible. However, Ben is persistent as always and has a computer reconstruction made up and works hard on trying to find out to the victim is. He eventually gets a lead that will confirm with the help of dental I.D., who the lady was. Now, in conjunction with this, there are a series of notes and phone calls being made suggesting a murder is about to take place and one may have already happened and Diane is taking it very seriously. When the two cases start to cross paths, Ben is suddenly being lead around in circles trying to find out the common factors and what links it all together. It gets a bit complex as far as I am concerned and meanders all over the place, with no clear purpose. Maybe Mr. Booth had a deadline to meet or his publishers wanted a book pretty pronto as part of his publishing deal, who knows, it just felt to me he was stuck for a good plot. I do love him despite this and really hope he gets back on track with his next book. There is also the question of what is going on with Diane's sister, Angie, this is a question that a few books in remains unanswered. Just about to start the next one, so fingers crossed it gets better than this one.

  • Up All Night Book Addict
    2019-05-17 09:15

    This was another long read for me. I think this book seemed a little longer than it actually was because I found myself rereading parts at times. Now, don't take that the wrong way. I wasn't rereading them because I didn't understand them. I had to go back to reread certain parts because I thought I missed something I should have picked up on. Now, in my book, that is a good thing.This is unique to me because I haven't really read many books like this. Now, I have never read any of the other books in this series, so I think I might be missing some pieces to the characters. I haven't gotten to know them over time, like others have. That is not to say one needs to read the others before this. I just felt like I was missing a few links with the characters is all.This book will have you guessing and reguessing... It's like the old board game Clue. You remember that game don't you? Whodunit, where, with what... Except we know many of the key parts; we just have to put the important pieces together correctly.The easy, yet not so easy, relationship between the detectives adds to this book's story. They are almost how you would envision them... or at least I envisioned them with trench coats and hats on. I don't know why. I think when I think of English detectives, I think of men and women in trench coats and hats... Just my own little stereotype I guess.I am not going into detail about the plot. It is in the blurb, and it gives you all of the information you really need. Like I have said in many reviews, if I give you anymore to the plot, I might end up spoiling things for you or confusing you. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice break from the romance and love stories that are floating around on my Kindle. I like a good mystery or a good thriller now and then.

  • John Marsh
    2019-05-03 05:11

    “This killing will be a model of perfection. An accomplishment to be proud of. And it could be tonight or maybe next week. But it will be soon. I promise.”The anonymous phone calls indicate a disturbed mind with an unnatural passion for death. Cooper and Fry are hoping against hope that the caller is just a harmless crank having some sick fun. But the clues woven through his disturbing messages point to the possibility of an all-too-real crime . . . especially when a woman vanishes from an office parking garage.But it’s the mystery surrounding an unidentified female corpse left exposed in the woods for over a year that really has the detectives worried. Whoever she might have been, the dead woman is linked to the mystery caller, whose description of his twisted death rituals matches the bizarre manner in which the body was found. And the mystery only deepens when Cooper obtains a positive I.D. and learns that the dead woman was never reported missing and that she definitely wasn’t murdered. As the killer draws them closer into his confidence, Ben and Diane learn everything about his deadly obsessions except what matters most: his identity and the identity of his next victim The story is drawn out and turns out that Vernon Slack family of funeral directors, one time student of professor Robertson now obsessed with the subject of death and finally murdered by Vernon. Vernon was been protected but they did not realize how off the rails he had become. The lady who firstly disappeared was not connected but did end up murdered by her husband. A little hard to follow.

  • D'eBookSharing
    2019-05-13 05:19

    *I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*I haven’t read a proper crime novel in a long time so was a little dubious as to whether I’d actually enjoy this story. I was pleasantly surprised to find that although I wasn’t as enthralled as I am by the Paranormal Fiction/Romance genre, I was drawn in by the mystery and suspense.Have you ever sat and watched the likes of “Midsomer Murders” or “Inspector Morse”? Well, for me, this book is just as good as those tv series. I’d also quite enjoy seeing ‘The Dead Place’ become part of a TV series. I’d quite happily watch it of an evening (especially if I’ve read the book and know “whodunnit” in advance :p )What I liked: The whole package – the characters, the way the whole plot & story were woven together so well. The suspense draws you in and you find yourself wondering what kind of person can be that calcuating about death and how this crime tale is going to end.Who would I recommend this to? Anyone that likes a good crime/suspense investigation novel.Would I read any more from this author? I think as a change from my usual genres, I would read more from this author & series. It’s nice to read a book that makes you think about the who and when.There’s no mystery to the 4 Shamrock rating I’m giving ‘The Dead Place’, it’s well deserved.

  • Spuddie
    2019-05-18 05:28

    #6 DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry mystery set in the Peak District of England. Once again, two cases end up tangled together. A strange caller rambles on about death, looking for 'the dead place,' quoting poetry and literary sources and makes it known how special they think the moment of death is. The call is made with a voice changer, and calls are made from public phones, often in the vicinity of where a funeral is taking place. And they promise that a death is coming. Is this a funeral home employee, or one of those ghouls who goes to funerals to soak up people's grief? Meanwhile, there is a case of a body found in an open area--first thought to be a murder victim, but once she is identified after a forensic artist's composite drawing is published in the newspapers, it's determined that she was a woman who had died of natural causes 18 months previously and had been believed to be cremated by her family. So who was cremated in her place? And how was the switch made? The story delves into the details of the funeral home/crematorium business as well as thoughts on death itself--which weighs heavily on Ben Cooper's mind as his mother suffers a stroke and is hospitalized, not doing well. Great story as always (although I still intensely dislike Diane Fry!) and I did not figure out the bad guy in this one at all. Looking forward to the next one!

  • Quillracer
    2019-05-04 03:10

    This is another long novel in the series.British novels seem to run longer than American ones and devote many words to description. Elizabeth George does it with emotions, exploring in detail every nuance of each one. Booth does it with landscapes, providing more detail about them than is necessary. The same novels written for a primarily America audience probably would be 200 to 300 pages shorter.The friction between Cooper and Fry continues in this novel and it seems to come mostly from Fry’s dislike of Cooper. I like strong women main characters, but sometimes Fry comes across as a bit of a jealous bitch. It makes for good tension and drama but, quite frankly, it’s getting a bit tiring. Readers like to see characters grow but Fry hasn’t. Move on, Mr. Booth, make her act like the professional she is. Let her recognize Cooper’s strengths and use it to complement her own instead of playing silly games.That’s not enough to make me give up on the series because they are well-written stories with complex plots. And at the end of this novel, I did detect a bit of ‘softening’ in her attitude toward him. So perhaps a change is in the wind.I’ll keep reading to find out.

  • Ian Mapp
    2019-05-17 08:14

    A little bit odd this one and didnt feel too much like a police procedural.Quite morbid - as its everything about death. Fry is receiving anonymous phone messages from a potential killer - not sure how she gets away with spending so much time investigating it, as it could be a hoax but still. Cooper is involved with the discovery off bones in a part of the world that is opened up to right to roam.Cue a long and protracted investigation which is maticously researched but strangely lacking in drama and character development between cooper and fry. There is so much more that could be done in my eyes.The body has been snacthed from an undertakers and a local expert in death and all its practices is involved. To start with he is helping the police but it turns out he is the one responsible.The rest is frankly ludicrous but always entertaining enough, with a nice streak of black humour, to keep turning the pages. Thats it then, the series complete although another has just come out - Dying to Sin.

  • Andrea
    2019-05-01 05:12

    Wonderful descriptive detail gives an atmosphere that is dark and chilling. Detective Diane Fry is a character who appears to be deeply psychologically affected by the calls and who finds herself fixated on finding the threatening caller. DC Ben Cooper finds himself dealing with death in ways very personal to him. In depth characterization gives you a good sense of what makes these two tick and brings about an interest in learning more about them. Cooper appears to be a smart and caring detective with a brilliant mind for details. While at times Fry comes across as cold and uncaring but you come to see that deep down she perhaps cares too much.Some of the descriptive details of what goes on behind the scenes at a funeral parlor are quite chilling and you will find yourself cringing and trying to get the images out of your mind. The Dead Place offers a terrific storyline that moves along at a nice clip, offering up details and clues that will have you trying to figure out what is going on, but you'll find yourself one step behind until the very end.

  • Andrew
    2019-05-20 02:10

    3.5 Stars. This was quite a puzzling book for me to rate. I did enjoy the book, but at points it didn't fully hold my interest, partially I think because there didn't seem enough about an investigation of a murder, or enough about the private lives of the characters. However, if you want to know more about the process of the bodies when someone dies it is very interesting, and by that I mean the involvement of undertakers and exactly what they do. Overall this is a good series and it is set in an area not a million miles from where I live and which I know well, but always feel the books miss something that would make them even better - it may also be that they are a tad longer than they need to be. I will, however, be continuing the series as I enjoy them and the interactions between the characters. Also this book left off at quite an interesting point.

  • Janet
    2019-04-28 05:28

    If you're in the mood to learn arcane details about funeral rituals and what happens to the body after death, read this book. If your hair stands on end at the idea, stay away. Another strong entry in the Fry/Cooper series, this book has everything you expect from Booth--an intricate plot, mordant humor and tense exchanges between Diane Fry and Ben Cooper. I like Booth's writing because it is descriptive and takes the time necessary to build up a picture of place, detail by detail. I also think he's good with dialog. I recommend him to readers who like Elizabeth George or P.D. James. If you're more a thriller reader (a la James Patterson) you may find his pacing too slow for your taste.

  • Val
    2019-05-09 08:12

    This is the second Stephen Booth I have read and found I still had to work through some of the long descriptions to find the meat of the story, as it were. Again, there are lots of twists and turns and you do not know who the killer is until right at the end. I thought I had guessed correctly, several times but nope, another twist and you were sent down another path. The story keeps you guessing right to the end. I just wish there was less description of the countryside as it goes on for way too long in places. The team of detectives are interesting and I like the conflict that flares up occasionally. I will definitely be reading more of this author.

  • Martina
    2019-05-10 07:15

    #6 of the Cooper/Fry series. It's pouring rain today and I have no intention of leaving here until it stops in a couple of days! Time for a great, long book!Almost half way through. I've barely had my nose out the door due to the torrential rains and 'erratic' winds! Great days for reading and knitting.What a story. There is so much to think about that I won't be 'finished' with this for some time to come. Examines from many aspects the fact of dying, of death, of the how and the impact of death on those around the deceased. So many people causing or reacting to death in so many different ways. There's just a great deal to absorb and to ponder.....