Ben Fry and Diane Cooper return in another psychological Peak District thriller from the acclaimed author of "Blind to the Bones" and "The Dead Place". It was an ordinary house fire with tragic consequences: a wife and two children dead. But then for DC Fry and DS Cooper the ordinary always meant trouble. Trouble like a grieving husband behaving as though his life is in danger. Trouble like a shocking assassination - of an old woman living alone in a quiet Peak District village. Her death suggests that even the most harmless people have cause to expect the unexpected. But Fry and Cooper are certainly surprised to find a link between the two incidents, one that will take them halfway across Europe and back again in their search for the truth. Along the way, they discover some of the reasons why people can be scared to live - and the connection at the heart of the enquiry that proves to be the most surprising revelation of all!
Stephen Booth was born in the Lancashire mill town of Burnley and has remained rooted to the Pennines during his career as a newspaper journalist. He lives with his wife Lesley in a former Georgian dower house in Nottinghamshire and his interests include folklore, the Internet and walking in the hills of the Peak District. Scared to Live is the sixth in the series featuring Derbyshire detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry.