Country noir


Once again Stephen Booth delivers a tale centred on his Detective Ben Cooper of Easedale character. This one is a tightly woven story involving a small hamlet of houses and the mysterious disappearance of a lorry driver who is simply missing after his lorry becomes stuck under a railway bridge. Ben is soon delving into the dark heart of Derbyshire once again and we are drawn this way and that exploring the possibilities. I was left guessing right the way through and I have yet to be disappointed in his storytelling. Yes, they are straightforward procedurals but they are well done and so far stack up really well. They are a bit richer and deeper than Peter Robinson’s books and have much more of a social commentary. There is a nice aside about political correctness and inverse racism regarding an Asian officer which is nicely  handled without resort to clumsy stereotypes. There are, as ever, some descriptions of places that I’d love to visit as well! 

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