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Stephen Booth

UK flag (b.1952)

A newspaper and magazine journalist for over 25 years, Stephen Booth was born in the English Pennine mill town of Burnley. He was brought up on the coast at Blackpool, where he began his career in journalism by editing his school magazine and wrote his first 'novel' at the age of 13.

Stephen gave up journalism in 2001 to write crime novels full time. He and his wife Lesley live in a former Georgian dower house near Retford, Nottinghamshire, in Robin Hood and Pilgrim Fathers country. They have three goats and three cats. 

Genres: Mystery
   Claws (2007)
Barry Awards Best British Crime Novel winner (2001) : Black Dog
Dagger Awards Best Novel nominee (2001) : Dancing with the Virgins
Barry Awards Best British Crime Novel winner (2002) : Dancing with the Virgins

Stephen Booth recommends
Death Duty (2004)
Clare Littleford
"Unsettling and memorable... One of the most subtly disturbing novels I've read in a long time."
Deity (2012)
(D. I. Damen Brook, book 3)
Steven Dunne
"A gripping serial killer story with an exceptional depth of humanity, Deity delves into the darkest corners of human motivation. DI Damen Brook is one of the most memorable characters in recent British crime fiction. The city of Derby finally has a copper to match anything Edinburgh or Oxford can produce! Dark and twisted, but DI Brook has an intense emotional core."
The Viper (2012)
Håkan Östlundh
"Another Scandinavian star has been born into the world of crime fiction. Don't miss out on Hakan Ostlundh!"
The Custodian of Marvels (2014)
(Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, book 3)
Rod Duncan
"Elizabeth Barnabus will entice readers from the first page."
The Father (2015)
(Made In Sweden, book 1)
Anton Svensson
"Unique and stunning. One of the most powerful novels you'll read this year."
The Devil's Dice (2018)
(DI Meg Dalton, book 1)
Roz Watkins
"An outstanding debut. The Devil’s Dice had me gripped from the start."
Cuckoo (2018)
Sophie Draper
"Sophie Draper is a remarkable new voice, combining beautiful writing with a gothic creepiness and a level of suspense which will keep the reader gripped to the end."
One Last Prayer for the Rays (2019)
(DCI Yorke Thriller, book 1)
Wes Markin
"An explosive and visceral debut with the most terrifying of killers. Wes Markin is a new name to watch out for in crime fiction, and I can't wait to see more of DCI Yorke."
Life Ruins (2019)
Danuta Kot
"Life Ruins has all the elements I love in a novel - complex characters, an insidious underlying menace, and haunting landscapes. This dark story will suck you in from the first page."
Cold Dawn (2022)
(DCI Castle, book 2)
James Ellson
"An exciting new addition to the world of crime fiction."

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