DEAD IN THE DARK BY STEPHEN BOOTH
DI Ben Cooper seems very comfortable in his own skin these days even though his job as a DI means more responsibilities. He’s settled into his new digs in Foolow and though the pain of losing his fiancé, Liz, still hurts, time is beginning to heal that wound.
When Reece Bower goes missing, Ben resurrects an old case and investigation. Annette Bower, Reece’s wife, had gone missing ten years previously. Reece was charged with her murder but when a witness came forward claiming to have seen Annette after her disappearance, the case against Reece was dismissed. Everyone believed that Reece was guilty, but without a body, it was hard to prove anything. And now Reece has gone missing and his new wife wants his disappearance investigated. Ben’s investigation takes him into caves and abandoned mines, territory originally searched during the investigation into Annette Bower’s death.
Falling somewhere between a thriller and a “cosy”, Booth’s latest in the Cooper & Fry series provides us with a satisfactory story. There aren’t any graphic or grisly scenes of bodies and no real “eureka” moments, but what we do see is the painstaking work that policing often is.