The Murder Road

The Murder Road

Book - 2015
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For the tiny Peak District hamlet of Shawhead, there's only one road in and one road out. Its residents are accustomed to being cut off from the world by snow or floods. But when a lorry delivering animal feed is found jammed in the narrow lane, with no sign of the driver except for a blood-stained cab, it's the beginning of something much more sinister. Detective Inspector Ben Cooper must attempt to unravel the history of secrets, lies and loyalties that will lead to the truth behind the missing lorry driver. But the residents of Shawhead are not used to having strangers in their midst and, while getting to grips with staff changes in E Division, Ben's way forward is far from clear. Will he turn to Detective Sergeant Diane Fry, now working in Special Operations at Nottingham's Major Crimes Unit, for help when the case takes a dramatic turn?
Publisher: London : Sphere, 2015
ISBN: 9780751559958
Characteristics: 406 p. : 24 cm

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maipenrai
Nov 08, 2016

Book 15 in the Ben Cooper and Diane Fry series

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athena14
Nov 03, 2016

If ever a book needed maps, it's this one.

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gloryb
Dec 05, 2015

A good read despite some need of editing out grammatical errors which I haven't come across in Booth's previous novels. Good plot, a revived, non-moody and promoted Ben Cooper, and the usual bountiful description of the Peak area. I think he over did the description of the canal system, the roads and the bridges in the area of the murder as I found myself skimming over those paragraphs - just too detailed. I wondered how long it would take Ben Cooper to figure out the reason for Audrey being in that lay by, but then Booth goes way beyond any amount of explanation that I could come up with. Anyone who has used a satnav in England and been directed onto roads that are more like walking paths can certainly understand the frustration of the driver, Mac Kelsey, in this story. Has Booth ended Diane Fry's involvement in his stories with those closing comments?

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capitalcity
Nov 25, 2015

The Murder Road, the 15th novel in the Cooper/Fry chronicles, offers up the expected superbly crafted case mystery that has become Booth's trademark. The author, however, permeates this particular novel with an undercurrent subtext: the pervading sense of the inexorable flow of time. Witness one of Ben's ever more infrequent visits to Bridge End Farm: the family homestead has changed and there's no going back. So, too, Gavin's retirement party. Moreover, Cooper is vacating 8 Welbeck St. A DC when he moved in; a DI now. A dozen years flitted by. The caring landlady has passed away. Then there is the overarching relationship between Ben and Diane. Uncertain at first (Black Dog); rocky, jagged, aloof, professional (Dancing with the Virgins, Blind to the Bones); transformed by the flow of time to one of intimate bonding (The Corpse Bridge, The Murder Road). This literary series is a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

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