Dead in the Dark

by Stephen Booth

on Tour September 25 – October 25, 2018


Dead in the Dark by Stephen Booth

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?


Book Details:

Genre: Mystery
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 0062876104 (ISBN13: 9780062876102)
Series: Cooper & Frye Mysteries #17
Purchase Links: Amazon 🔗 | Barnes & Noble 🔗 | Goodreads 🔗


Tour Info:

Book Formats: Edelweiss, Print
Hosting Options: Review, Interview, Guest Post, Showcase
Giveaway: There will be a PICT Giveaway
More: According to the publisher Dead in ihe Dark does not include: Excessive Strong Language, Graphic Violence, Explicit Sexual Scenes, Rape, or other trigger situations. PICT staff has not read this book, however and cannot give additional information.


Read an excerpt:

Chapter One

No one wants to die in the dark. To lie alone in the blackness, feeling the chill of death creep slowly over you. Shut away from the light as the fear numbs your limbs and chokes the breath in your throat. The long, long sinking into the cold depths. And then to sense that slipping away. The final slipping away into nothing.

Do you feel that stab of pain as it shoots through your chest? Try to make your breathing more shallow. You have several broken ribs, a fractured arm, perhaps a punctured lung. You can hardly know, in the dark. But you can feel the internal bleeding, the seeping blood as it squeezes your internal organs, bloats your stomach and intestines. You know your injuries are fatal.

That fear of the dark is overwhelming. Because this is true darkness, an eternal night in which your eyes have become useless. Your heart thumps uselessly as you strain to see where you’re lying. You can sense space around you, a slight movement of icy air, a shifting of heavy masses, a solid weight way above your head. A sharp, stabbing pain is in your back from something hard you’re lying on. This isn’t a grave. But it is your tomb.

Does your fear of the dark make any sense? When you’re dead, you go into endless blackness. Yet you’ve always hoped you would get one last glimpse of the light, always prayed that you wouldn’t die alone.

Well, that’s not going to happen. There’s nothing for you to see here. Not a glimmer of light, not a flicker of hope. Only the darkness.

A creak and a rattling makes you freeze. Is someone here? Or some thing? But no . . . you breathe out and release the pain. The noise has quite a different meaning. It’s something huge shifting overhead. It signals the end, the approach of your death. You’re about to be crushed completely.


Excerpt from Dead In The Dark by Stephen Booth. Copyright © 2018 by Witness Impulse. Reproduced with permission from Witness Impulse. All rights reserved.


Stephen Booth

Author Bio:

A former newspaper journalist, British author Stephen Booth is the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, Ben Cooper and Diane Fry, who have appeared in 17 crime novels, all set in and around England’s Peak District.

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Tour Participants:

1. 09/01 Interview @ Crack A Book Cafe
2. 09/04 Review @ Sefina Hawkes Books
3. 09/05 Interview @ Mythical Books
4. 09/06 Showcase @ 411 on Books, Authors, and Publishing News
5. 09/10 Review @ 5 Minutes for Books
6. 09/11 Review @ Booksies Blog
7. 09/25 Review @ Lynchburg Mama
8. 09/26 Review @ JBronder Book Reviews
9. 09/27 Review @ Mystery Suspense Reviews
10. 09/28 Showcase @ Tfaulcbookreviews
11. 09/29 Review @ A Room Without Books is Empty
12. 09/30 Showcase @ Bound 2 Escape
13. 10/01 Showcase @ The Pulp and Mystery Shelf
14. 10/02 Review/Showcase @ Stacking My Book Shelves!
15. 10/04 Showcase @ The Bookworm Lodge
16. 10/05 Guest post @ Quiet Fury Books
17. 10/06 Review @ Book Reviews From an Avid Reader
18. 10/08 Review @ Bless their hearts mom blog
19. 10/09 Guest post @ CMash Reads
20. 10/10 Showcase @ Cheryls Book Nook
21. 10/15 Review @ Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin
22. 10/17 Guest post @ Books Direct
23. 10/19 Interview @ BooksChatter
24. 10/22 Showcase @ Celticladys Reviews
25. 10/23 Review @ sunny island breezes


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