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The Corpse Bridge: A Cooper & Fry Mystery (Cooper & Fry Mysteries)

By Stephen Booth

When it involves homicide, not anything is sacred . . .

For centuries, mourners in Derbyshire have used the Corpse Bridge to go the River Dove and succeed in their village burial grounds.

When a developer plans to deconsecrate the land through turning it right into a parking zone for his hotel cottages, our bodies start to clutter the line to the Corpse Bridge.

Are those warnings to stick clear of the sacred plots—or anything a lot, a lot worse: a terrifying serial killer at work?

After recovering from a annoying occasion, Detective Cooper is ultimately again at paintings, and he understands that fixing the secret of the Corpse Bridge is precisely what he must think like himself again.

But if Cooper cannot conquer his personal own demons and concentrate on the case, he may perhaps positioned everything—and everyone—he cares approximately in danger . . .

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Fry knew herself good sufficient to understand it most likely intended she used to be going to react badly. ‘Sir? what's it? ’ ‘We’ve had a request from Derbyshire. particularly, E department. ’ ‘No, no, no,’ stated Fry. ‘I spent sufficient time there. I crammed in at Divisional CID in Edendale for months whereas Ben Cooper used to be on prolonged ailing go away. It used to be an excessive amount of. I couldn’t stand going again and doing an analogous factor back. ’ ‘That’s not—’ all started Mackenzie. ‘Besides, DS Cooper is again at paintings now. i do know he's. i used to be there while he lower back. There can’t be a person else…? ’ Mackenzie was once shaking his head patiently. ‘No, you’re getting thoroughly the incorrect finish of the stick, Diane. ’ ‘Am I? ’ Fry attempted to restrain herself. however the unexpected prospect that had risen in her brain was once too frightening. After Ben Cooper’s tragedy within the pub fireplace, she’d been not able to say no the transitority task again to E department, a secondment to take cost of her previous group in Divisional CID. A refusal could were very unlikely, particularly in these conditions. after which there have been the unforeseen ultimate job, the extra own one for which she was once absolutely unsuited. Breaking undesirable information, including one other mental burden to an individual who used to be already down. She had no own abilities for doing that. Ben Cooper needs to be used to listening to basically undesirable information from her by way of now. the idea triggered an unforeseen stab of soreness in her stomach. ‘Let me explain,’ stated Mackenzie. So Fry reluctantly sat and listened to his clarification of the request from Derbyshire. She fidgeted on the considered the duty she used to be being offered with. It spread out every kind of percentages in her brain, a few of that have been thoroughly unprofessional. She suppressed the flight of mind's eye instantly. completely irrelevant. ‘Why me? ’ she stated whilst Mackenzie had comprehensive. The DCI raised his palms. ‘You’re the most obvious individual. You’ve acquired to confess that, Diane. ’ ‘Perhaps. ’ He checked out her extra heavily. ‘This is a praise, you recognize. It’s an indication of ways hugely you’re looked. Don’t simply throw that away. ’ Fry bit her lip. She knew she was once going to need to settle for. actually, her brain used to be already turning over the methods she may well technique the duty. Her courting with Ben Cooper was once complex, yet she needed to positioned all that apart. emotions couldn’t come into it. certainly now not. She gazed again at Mackenzie for a second, and at last she nodded. there has been just one factor to do. She could simply need to take the bull via the horns. 7 the inner of Pilsbury Cottage used to be cramped and darkish. The home windows in those previous cottages have been regularly too small and the ceilings too low. It reminded Cooper that his ancestors should have been humans of brief stature who spent their time crouched in candlelight huddled opposed to the chilly. ‘We desire the lighting fixtures on,’ he acknowledged. ‘Here. ’ Irvine discovered the switches and the sitting room sprang into concentration. It used to be nonetheless cramped, however the furnishings and wallpaper have been embellished in a sequence of vivid chintzy styles that made the sunshine without notice painful on his drained eyes. ‘Check upstairs for any symptoms that any one else has been here,’ acknowledged Cooper.

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