Liz Currently Loves….The Corpse Bridge by Stephen Booth.


Publication Date: Available Now from Little Brown/Sphere

Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy.

The old Corpse Bridge is the route taken for centuries by mourners from villages on the western fringes of Derbyshire to a burial ground across the River Dove, now absorbed into the landscaped parkland of a stately home. When Earl Manby, the landowner, announces plans to deconsecrate the burial ground to turn it into a car park for his holiday cottages, bodies begin to appear once again on the road to the Corpse Bridge. Is there a connection with the Earl’s plans? Or worse, is there a terrifying serial killer at work?

Cooper and Fry – I’ve been with them since the start, I adore these stories, their setting, the characters and the always compelling mysteries. This one was no exception, it hooked me in immediately, put me firmly in the Peak District (a place I have never visited which must be rectified) and gave me a lovely weekend read.

In this instalment Ben is coming to terms with a tragedy and Diane is looking forward to being back in a city environment – when a body is discovered near the Corpse Bridge she is drawn back to work with Ben once more.

The absolutely best thing about Mr Booth’s novels is the ongoing ever changing relationships of the people we meet each time – Diane and Ben have a quirky unusual relationship that is ever ebbing and flowing, it keeps things interesting throughout. Everyone surrounding them are equally intriguing, you are more than happy to keep having a peek into their lives. On top of that, the crime and mystery elements are always extremely intelligent and keep you on your toes. Atmospherically speaking the sense of place is perfect. I may never have visited the Peak District but I FEEL like I have. I also think when I do go that it will all be very familiar.

Any of these novels could be read as a standalone but I recommend reading in order where possible – whilst each investigation is self contained the journey of the characters will pack a more emotional punch if you can see where they have been. The ending of this one was wonderful – I cannot wait for what comes next. The one issue of course when you read a book from a favourite series – there is always a seemingly endless wait for the next. Sigh. Chronic Impatience!

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Happy Reading Folks!

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