The underlying mystery and the moments of high drama place the novel firmly in the crime genre, but the mix of ingredients adds up to far more. Drowned Lives is Stephen Booth at the top of his game
The plot is good, with plenty of twists and a villain I didn't spot even though there were plenty of clues
As ever in Booth's long-running, award-winning and hugely popular Peak District series, it's the extraordinary landscape and its often violent history that most captivates the reader
The highest of the Derbyshire peaks is the dramatic setting . . . Gripping
An interesting and absorbing personal read that I enjoyed as a fan of Booth's many other crime thrillers. I am sure book clubs will love the theme and have much to discuss and unravel
Clever, beautifully written and superbly plotted, this is an entertaining page-turner with a compelling twist in the tail.
This is an enjoyable, very readable yet understated crime novel by an accomplished author.
Packed with the misty atmosphere of the Saffordshire canals . . . I loved both the historical and modern storylines and the moody waterways' backdrop
The brooding presence of Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Peak District, hangs over Stephen Booth's fine novel Fall down Dead
An elegant reflection of what's happening in the country at large.
The master of this territory
The Peak District setting is as striking as ever . . . the ever-present threat of violence will get under your skin.
I love reading about these characters. I love the world in which Ben moves and I really enjoy the cases with which he is confronted. I always look forward to the next installment of this wonderful series.
All through the book is a chilld atsmophere and it gives a tight edginess to the tale. Another excellent read from Booth
A compelling read with well-developed characters. Equally fascinating was the way the background to the group of hikers was revealed, and eventually the killer was unmasked. But I didn't guess who! Most highly recommended
North Nottinghamshire Literary Festival 2019 - Stephen Booth 1/2
14th Sep 2019 2:00 pm