Stephen Booth, Claws (2007)

A British short story featuring Ben Cooper.

“The bones were tiny. They lay in his hand like a set of pearls, translucent and fragile. When he turned them to the light, he could see their fractured ends and hollow cores. They were light as a feather, as brittle as chalk. And as easy to break as a straw.”

When the police search Kevin Hewitt´s house, they find some bones in a Tupperware box in his bedroom. Hewitt is a collector of birds´ eggs, nests and bones, so this time it was ´only´ the remnants of a bird, but the reader has a strong feeling something sinister will happen to the greedy collectors who roam Peak District, selling the eggs of birds of prey, or even the birds themselves.

As always, DC Ben Cooper is the diligent officer who is keen to uphold the law, but he is also a local farmer´s son, meaning that he understands what ordinary people have to contend with.

A suspenseful story of wildlife and greed. If you don´t know the Ben Cooper series, this story could be a good introduction. I bought it myself.


Today the Cosy Knave baton will be passed on to Joanne.

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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10 Responses to Stephen Booth, Claws (2007)

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Dorte – Thanks for the fine review. Isn’t it interesting how often stories start like that…a set of bones is discovered… I should do a post on that…

  2. Sounds like an interesting book! A little different from the things I usually read. I might want to check into it (greed is always interesting.)

  3. Margot: you should! Great idea, I absolutely love bones 😉
    Elizabeth: I like his series, though the novels are *very* long, but I thought this one was a good way for new readers to try him. And the Peak District setting is one of the attractions for me.

  4. I love his writing and have seen his book on amazon. I’m going to give it a go.

  5. Petty Witter says:

    What an amazing opening paragraph, beautifully descriptive.

  6. Barbara says:

    Interesting idea for a beginning. It’s going on my growing list.

  7. Bill Selnes says:

    Dorte: I was wondering if you were going to try to create a graphic showing the different places in the world the baton has traveled on its relay. I am not proficient enough to do it but thought it would be an interesting graphic.

  8. Clarissa: I also like this very British series.
    Tracy: Booth has a way with words that I enjoy very much.
    Barbara: at least short stories are … short 😉
    Bill: that´s a great idea, but I am not sure I could do it either. Besides the new semester begins Monday so I am preparing lectures on the Victorian era, making glossaries for Dickens extracts etc 😦

  9. Kelly says:

    I think I would like this series and I LOVE the cover on this one!

  10. Kelly: I think you can get the short story for next to nothing so it is worth a try.

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