Drowned Lives (Hardback)Stephen Booth (author)
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Set in and around the dark, misty canals of Lichfield, Stephen Booth's incredible new novel is awash with mystery.
When council officer Chris Buckley is approached by an odd old man demanding help in healing a decades-old family rift, he sends the stranger away.
But then the old man is murdered, and the police arrive on the Chris's doorstep asking questions to which he has no answers.
As Chris begins to look into the circumstances of the murder, he uncovers a deadly secret in the silt and mud of the local canals that he'll realise was better kept buried.
PRAISE FOR STEPHEN BOOTH
'Makes high summer as terrifying as midwinter'
'A modern master'
'Crime writing of the finest quality'
'Ingenious plotting and richly atmospheric'
'A first-rate mystery'
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 162 x 240 x 40 mm
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The historical details add fascinating depth to this big fat mystery * Evening Standard *
Stephen Booth (of the Cooper & Fry police series) has written a crackerjack standalone novel in Drowned Lives * Winnipeg Free Press *
The Peak District setting is as striking as ever . . . the ever-present threat of violence will get under your skin. * Real Crime *
The master of this territory * Sunday Express *
This is an enjoyable, very readable yet understated crime novel by an accomplished author. * Crime Fiction Lover *
The highest of the Derbyshire peaks is the dramatic setting . . . Gripping * The Times *
The underlying mystery and the moments of high drama place the novel firmly in the crime genre, but the mix of ingredients adds up to far more. Drowned Lives is Stephen Booth at the top of his game * Mystery People *
An interesting and absorbing personal read that I enjoyed as a fan of Booth's many other crime thrillers. I am sure book clubs will love the theme and have much to discuss and unravel * NB *
An elegant reflection of what's happening in the country at large. * The Book Bag *
All through the book is a chilld atsmophere and it gives a tight edginess to the tale. Another excellent read from Booth * Sunday Sport *
Packed with the misty atmosphere of the Saffordshire canals . . . I loved both the historical and modern storylines and the moody waterways' backdrop * Peterborough Evening Telegraph *
I love reading about these characters. I love the world in which Ben moves and I really enjoy the cases with which he is confronted. I always look forward to the next installment of this wonderful series. * For Winter Nights *
A compelling read with well-developed characters. Equally fascinating was the way the background to the group of hikers was revealed, and eventually the killer was unmasked. But I didn't guess who! Most highly recommended * Mystery People *
As ever in Booth's long-running, award-winning and hugely popular Peak District series, it's the extraordinary landscape and its often violent history that most captivates the reader * Morning Star *
The plot is good, with plenty of twists and a villain I didn't spot even though there were plenty of clues * The Book Bag (blog) *
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I have really enjoyed Stephen Booth's writing in the past and did enjoy some elements of this. The atmospheric descriptions of the canal are good and I enjoyed the background with the waterways recovery group.... More
I will start by saying that I did enjoy this book. I was intrigued from the first chapter. No, it didn’t have the pace of the Cooper & Fry books. The main character I felt was a selfish, self-centred 30 something... More
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