How do you prove a murder without a body?
Ten years ago, Reece Bower was accused of killing his wife, a crime he always denied. Extensive police searches near his home in Bakewell found no trace of Annette Bower's remains, and the case against him collapsed.
But now memories of the original investigation have been resurrected for Detective Inspector Ben Cooper - because Reece Bower himself has disappeared, and his new wife wants answers.
Cooper can't call on the Major Crime Unit and DS Diane Fry for help unless he can prove a murder took place - impossible without a body. As his search moves into the caves and abandoned mines in the isolated depths of Lathkilldale, the question is: who would want revenge for the death of Annette Bower?
About the Author
Stephen Booth's fourteen novels featuring Cooper and Fry, all to be published by Witness, have sold over half a million copies around the world.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very good series!
It’s not much fun to be dead any time. But if you don’t like the dark, being dead in the dark is really the pits. As much as I like Cooper and Fry, they still don’t care to work together. But life happens and sometimes crime bleeds over into another precinct. That seems to happen too often for Diane Fry and Ben Cooper. they do manage to work together in a professional manner to solve these crimes. Yes, there’s more than just this murder. So, sit back and let this book take you through dark alleys an other intricacies. I’m already looking forward to the next Cooper and Fry mystery. I hope you’ve already started on it, Mr. Booth. ***Book provided without charge by PICT.*** Submitted by sunny island breezes.
Ben Cooper has quite a case load, some arson fires, robberies, and a missing person. This all seems standard stuff until you learn that the missing person, Reece Bower was accused of his former wife’s disappearance ten years earlier. He maintained his innocence and without a body they really couldn’t prosecute him. Now he has disappeared the same way. At the same time Diane Fry has moved on yet finds herself investigating the death of a Polish immigrant and some human trafficking cases. Although the cases are not related except that the investigators have a history, as the story progresses you find that they do link up. Although Ben and Diane clearly have issues, you can tell that they still complement each other with their cases. This is only the second book in this series that I have read. I am still curious about the split between Ben and Diane but it’s clear that I’m going to have to start out from the beginning to find out what happened. As for the story, this is a great procedural investigation. Ben clearly does his best looking for clues and following the book. I really enjoyed the history of the Peak District and think it adds that must more realism to the story. This is a great read but if you want to find out more between Ben and Diane you should read the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.