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DancingwithVirginsThe award-winning second novel in the Cooper and Fry series, set in England’s beautiful and atmospheric Peak District.

As winter closes in on the Peak District moors, so does death. The body of a young woman is found within a ring of ancient cairns, her arms and legs arranged to look as though she’s dancing.

Now another young woman has been found, savagely wounded and severely traumatized, but alive.

Young Derbyshire police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry must unlock the memories trapped inside her mind before more blood is shed amongst the stones . . .

*Winner of the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel of 2001

*Finalist for the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of 2001

DANCING WITH THE VIRGINS is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Sony ReaderStore.


“An atmospheric, psychological stunner.” – The Bookseller

“Convoluted, suspenseful and supremely engaging. Booth has done a wonderful job.” – Los Angeles Times

“Another first-rate mystery. Booth is particularly good at creating credible characters.” – Sunday Telegraph

“Booth’s canny and deceptively smooth overturning of conventional expectations lifts this book well above the crowd.” – Houston Chronicle

“Even more demanding, more substantial, and more knowing about the darkest recesses of the heart.” – Kirkus Reviews

“A dark, tense, always gripping novel. The writing is wonderful.” – Sherlock Magazine

“Highly recommended – a great series!” – Seattle Mystery Bookstore

“Booth truly is a master.” – I Love a Mystery


Stephen Booth is an award winning British crime writer, the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who have appeared in thirteen novels set in England’s beautiful and atmospheric Peak District.

Stephen has been a Gold Dagger finalist, an Anthony Award nominee, twice winner of a Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel, and twice shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year. Ben Cooper was a finalist for the Sherlock Award for the best detective created by a British author, and in 2003 the Crime Writers’ Association presented Stephen with the Dagger in the Library Award for “the author whose books have given readers the most pleasure”.

The Cooper & Fry series is published all around the world, and has been translated into 15 languages. The latest title is ALREADY DEAD.