Stephen Booth


Stephen Booth worked as a journalist  for 27 years before becoming a full-time novelist ten years ago, following the critical acclaim of his first published novel. He now lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife, goat and three cats. Stephen believes he may even be a (very lapsed) member of BookCrossing!

Although Stephen has been writing novels since the age of 12, it was competition success with his unpublished novel The Only Dead Thing in 1999 that led to a two-book publishing deal with HarperCollins. Out of this came his hugely successful first published novel, Black Dog, which introduced the world to the characters of DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry.

Stephen’s crime novels featuring Cooper & Fry are based in the Derbyshire peak district and have proved very popular with readers, with book number 11 being published in April this year. Between them, this series of books have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Sherlock Award for Best Detective, the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger and the Theakstons Old Peculier UK Crime Novel of the Year. They have won prestigious prizes including the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel (in America) and the Crime Writers’ Association ‘Dagger in the Library’ Award which is presented to the author whose work gives readers the most pleasure, as voted by librarians.

To find out more about Stephen and his work, visit his official website here. If you would like the opportunity to read some of Stephen’s books before the Unconvention, please visit the bookrays page.


Black Dog (2000)

Dancing With The Virgins (2001)

Blood on The Tongue (2002)

Blind to The Bones (2003)

One Last Breath (2004)

The Dead Place (2005)

Scared To Live (2006)

Dying To Sin (2007)

The Kill Call (2009)

Lost River (2010)