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from FictionZeal.com re: The Murder Road (Cooper & Fry Mystery) by Stephen Booth

The Murder Road: A Cooper & Fry Mystery (Cooper & Fry Mysteries) - Stephen Booth

Mac Kelsey got lost driving the lorry to make deliveries for Windmill Feed Solutions.  His GPS led him off on the wrong exit.  Unable to turn the lorry around on this tiny one-lane road, he kept driving.  First sheep blocked his path; then his lorry became irreversibly stuck under a bridge.  What else could go wrong?  He didn’t have to wait long to find out … and it would be the last day of his life.

Amanda Hibbert came along the road later and was tic’d because a lorry was blocking her path.  She couldn’t see it was stuck until she got out of her car.  She didn’t see the driver anywhere so she opened the cab door and stepped up to look inside.  She still didn’t see the driver, but she found a lot of blood.  She called the authorities.  Detective Ben Cooper was given charge over the investigation.  He and several other officers began studying any forensics left at the scene of the crime and began interviewing nearby residents.  The area was largely built around agriculture and farming so the houses were far and few between.

This murder is set around the tiny English village of Shawhead.  The author’s vision of the area was well captured in words.  The reader could easily ‘see’ the land with farmhouses and animals and farmers who are used to keeping to themselves.  The characters of DI Ben Cooper, DS Diane Fry and others they work with were very likeable and realistic.  Diane Fry did have a much smaller part on this particular writing.  It is the fifteenth book of the Cooper and Fry series, but I read it as a stand-alone quite easily.  The novel starts off at a great pace but tends to slow midway and then pick up again making for a satisfying end.  Rating: 3.5 out of 5.