I thought I'd make another entry about books. I love books, they're one of my favorite things. My latest discovery I happened to stumble upon in a bookshop a couple of days ago. They had a "four for three" offer so I grabbed a bunch I thought I'd find interesting and one of them was The Murder Road by Stephen Booth. And, I fell in love. I've never read any of his books before but after sinking my teeth into The Murder Road I simply could not resist and I've already moved on to the Corpse Bridge, by the same author. When I picked up this gem of a book, at first, I did not realize it was a series. I think there are a total of fifteen books, but in my personal opinion, reading them in what ever order works just as well. I'll probably end up reading them backwards, starting with number fifteen. Following Detective Sergeant Ben Cooper and Detective Sergeant Diane Fry, this series takes place in England. And we all know by now, that gloomy, rainy old England and halloween happens to be right up street.
The Murder Road
For the tiny Peak District hamlet of Shawhead, there's only one road in and one road out. Its residents are accoustomed of being cut of 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 stranger 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 at Special Operations in Nottingham's Major Crimes Unit, for help when the case takes a dramatic turn?
The Corpse Bridge
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 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? Back in his job after the traumatic events of previous months, DS Ben Cooper knows that he must unravel the mystery of the Corpse Bridge if he's going to be able to move on with his life. As the pressure builds, Ben doesn't know who he can trust and, when the case reaches breaking point, he has to make a call that could everything, and everyone, at risk.
Has anyone read any of his books before? If so, what did you think? ♥