The Corpse Bridge

Stephen Booth
Sphere, 20.50
Review: Catherine Small

The Corpse Bridge is part of an ancient route that used to be taken by mourners from outlying villages in the Peak District to a burial ground on the other side of the River Dove.

The cemetery now forms part of Earl Manby’s estate. When rumours emerge of his plans to deconsecrate the burial ground and turn it into a car park, a body appears by the bridge.

When another corpse is found, it looks like a serial killer may be on the loose and detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry have to put their tangled relationship to one side and find a way of working together.

This is the 14th outing for the detective duo, but it is the evocative and haunting Peak District, rather than the murder story, that takes centre stage. Booth skilfully portrays a stunning landscape with a dark heart that conceals secrets, vendettas and revenge.


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