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The Corpse Bridge by Stephen Booth

The Corpse Bridge (2014)

by Stephen Booth

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The Corpse Bridge is the book fourteen to feature DS Ben Cooper and Diane Fry. The story opens on Halloween where a group of residents are out in the area of the bridge and the Coffin path and a body is discovered.

I have mixed feelings about this book. Firstly for me as always I like to read books in order. I feel then that I can get to know the characters. Book fourteen is a long way down the line and a lot has happened with the characters. I do get to find out that Ben has lost his partner and he doesn't seem to have a good relationship with Fry. Previous books would explore this. However it didn't make much difference.

It books are set in Derbyshire and the Peaks and the author provided some wonderful descriptions of the area which gave a good sense of place, although at times it felt like a travel guide. There was also lots of folklore and traditions with the area which gave the story a dark feel. This for me was the best part of the book.

The plot and storyline was a little thin and not very thrilling which let the book down, at times quite boring. However I may read another by this author but perhaps not from the beginning. ( )
  tina1969 | Aug 1, 2018 |
Good ideas and characters, and great for showcasing the splendors of the Peaks, but let down as usual by the rather poor quality of the prose. I'm glad I had a chance to read it quickly as that allowed me to enjoy the good things. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | May 27, 2018 |

Bron är den andra boken jag har läst i Cooper & Fry serien och det lustiga är att den andra boken jag har läst är den som kommer efter denna (The Murder Road) som jag läste på engelska i slutet av förra året. Men, att läsa från slutet till början är inte mina plan, det bara blev så. Ett plus är att böckerna är skrivna på ett sådant sätt att det går bra att läsa dem fristående. Men det var intressant att läsa denna bok då man fick en lite större insyn i Coopers liv och hans fästmös bortgång som nämndes i The Murder Road.

Cooper har som sagt förlorat sin fästmö i en brand och det har påverkat honom djupt men det gör honom inte oförmögen att arbeta som polis. Men, besynnerligt nog är Diane Fry där för att hjälpa honom med fallet, trots att hon är i beredskap att flytta, och byta tjänst. Fry verkar ha en special orska till att hjälpa till med fallet, frågan är vad? Jag tycker att något som gör denna bokserie så special är just Coopers och Frys partnerskap. De är väldigt olika och jag ser fram emot att läsa bokserien från början för att få läsa om hur de först möttes.

Fallet i denna bok var intressant och lite skumt, dock tycker jag att handlingen blev lite dryg fram andra halvan av fallet och upplösningen, själva lösningen av fallet var inte jättespännande. Dock räddas boken av att Cooper och Fry är så intressanta karaktärer och deras "relation" är intressant att läsa om.

Trots all tyckte jag om att läsa boken och jag ser fram emot att läsa restera böcker i serien, från början!

Tack Bokförlaget Forum for recensionsexemplaret!


The Corpse Bridge is the second book I have read in the Cooper & Fry series and the funny thing is that the other book I have read is The Murder Road that comes after this one. To read from the end of a series and backward is not my plan, it just happened. A plus is that the books in this series are written in a way that it's OK to read them separately. But, it was interesting to read this book because I got a bigger look at Cooper's life and his fiance's death that was mentioned in The Murder Road.

The fact that Cooper's fiance is dead isn't really affecting his work as a police, but of course, he is not the same man anymore. But, the odd thing is that Diane Fry is there to help him with the case, despite that she is in the middle of a move and is changing job. Fry seems to have a special reason to help Cooper with the case. The question is what? I think that the Cooper and Fry's special partnership is something that makes this book series very special. They are very different and I'm looking forward to reading the series from the beginning to read about how they met.

The case in this book was interesting and a bit weird. However, I think that the story lost a bit of steam in the second half of the book and the ending, the conclusion of the case was not really that exciting. But, despite that fact that the case didn't rock my boat, did I find that Cooper and Fry were so interesting together, and reading about their "relationship" is what saved this book for me.

In the end, did I like the book and I looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series, from the beginning!

Thanks Bokförlaget Forum for the review copy! ( )
  MaraBlaise | Dec 14, 2017 |
[The Corpse Bridge] by Stephen Booth
Cooper & fry series Book #14

What's It About?
When it comes to murder, nothing is sacred . . .

For centuries, mourners in Derbyshire have used the Corpse Bridge to cross the River Dove and reach their village burial grounds. When a developer plans to deconsecrate the land by turning it into a parking lot for his resort cottages, bodies begin to litter the road to the Corpse Bridge.

Are these warnings to stay away from the sacred plots—or something much, much worse: a terrifying serial killer at work? After recuperating from a traumatic event, Detective Cooper is finally back at work, and he knows that solving the mystery of the Corpse Bridge is exactly what he needs to feel like himself again. But if Cooper can't overcome his own personal demons and focus on the case, he could put everything—and everyone—he cares about at risk .

What Did I Think?
I really enjoyed this one. There was so much history interwoven into the story about the Corpse Roads and how and why the people had to use them. It must have been hardship added to sorrow for these villagers. The history part never distracted from the story...if anything it added to it.

One reviewer said that they missed Diane Fry's appearance in the later books. For myself I enjoyed the book because she failed to appear except in portions of the story. Another enjoyable feature was the number of suspects that paraded the story...all with plenty of reasons to commit the crime. It gave the mystery added weight and made it difficult to figure out. I was only partly right...but I had a great time working on it. If you like Ian Rankin's Rebus or Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks, then you will diffidently like this series. ( )
1 vote Carol420 | Jun 23, 2017 |
The Corpse Bridge is the fourteenth novel in the Cooper and Fry series by author Stephen Booth. Still dealing with traumatic events DS Ben Cooper is called to investigate when bodies begin to appear on the Corpse Bridge, a route taken for centuries by mourners in Derbyshire to burial grounds. The investigation seems to be linked to the local Earl's plans to deconsecrate an old burial ground and Cooper knows he must solve the mystery if he is to move on with his life.

This was a very enjoyable English village mystery that still retains a police procedural feel rather than falling into becoming a cozy mystery.Read the full review here ( )
  thecrimescene | Jul 10, 2014 |
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Blessed be the man that spares these stones,
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The old Corpse Bridge is the route taken for centuries by mourners to a burial aground across the River Dove in Derbyshire. But Earl Manby, the landowner, announces plans to deconsecrate the burial gound and turn it into a carpark for his holiday cottages. Once again bodies appear on the road to the Corpse Bridge. Is there a connection with the development? Or is there a serial killer at work?… (more)

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