Worksop: Former Guardian reporter touring as part of National Crime Writers Month

Author Steven Booth
Author Steven Booth

A former Worksop Guardian journalist who became a best-selling crime novelist is about to begin event to mark National Crime Writers Month.

Stephen Booth is the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, DS Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who have appeared in twelve crime thrillers set in and around the Peak District. A 13th book in the series, Already Dead, is due for publication in June.

Already Dead

Already Dead

On 4th June, Stephen will embark on a series of reader events which will see him visiting eighteen libraries in Yorkshire and the Midlands, as well as bookshops and other venues ranging from a castle to a story-telling tent.

“I’m a keen supporter of libraries,” said Stephen.

“And there’s been a fantastic response from library staff around the region eager to host events for Crime Writing Month. They know how much their readers enjoy crime fiction, which remains one of the most popular genres year after year. “

“I love meeting readers too, so I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks.”

“I’ll be talking about how I became a writer, why I chose to write crime fiction - and of course about the Cooper and Fry series, which is what I’m best known for. Readers write to me all the time about the characters and the locations used in the books.”

Stephen was a newspaper journalist for more than 25 years, including a spell with the Worksop Guardian series, where he became deputy editor. He left journalism in 2001 to write crime novels full-time, after the success of his first book, Black Dog.

On Saturday 22nd June Stephen will be signing copies of Already Dead at Bookworm bookshop in Retford from 10am to 12pm.

For a full list of all the dates and venues when Stephen will be appearing visit