By Stephen Booth
When it involves homicide, not anything is sacred . . .
For centuries, mourners in Derbyshire have used the Corpse Bridge to move the River Dove and succeed in their village burial grounds.
When a developer plans to deconsecrate the land by means of turning it right into a parking zone for his hotel cottages, our bodies start to clutter the line to the Corpse Bridge.
Are those warnings to stick clear of the sacred plots—or anything a lot, a lot worse: a terrifying serial killer at work?
After getting better from a irritating occasion, Detective Cooper is ultimately again at paintings, and he is aware that fixing the secret of the Corpse Bridge is strictly what he must believe like himself again.
But if Cooper cannot triumph over his personal own demons and concentrate on the case, he may possibly positioned everything—and everyone—he cares approximately in danger . . .
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As Cooper undergone, he recalled that the positioning had attracted intruders, regardless of the safety fencing. Thieves got rid of lead from the roofs and stripped out wiring. as soon as, a wide pentagram were came across scratched into the ground of the refectory. Empty constructions have been like a magnet for the curious and the opportunist. DCs Becky Hurst and Gavin Murfin have been within the vehicle with him, the one officials to be had and keen to persist with his intuition. He was once fortunate they hadn’t already been appropriated for different assignments. not less than he appeared to have gotten Diane Fry out of his hair in the interim. Her realization used to be at the George Redfearn inquiry, like everybody else – notwithstanding Cooper had a robust suspicion the consequences could lead her instantly again to him sooner than lengthy. ‘So what’s in Harpur Hill? ’ requested Hurst doubtfully as they slowed virtually to a halt at the back of a tractor towing a trailer of manure. ‘Elf ’n’ safety,’ acknowledged Murfin. ‘The temple of our new God. ’ ‘Is it? ’ stated Hurst. She twisted around to examine Murfin, who used to be slumped within the again seat. ‘I inspiration your God labored on the neighborhood pie store. ’ Cooper glanced within the rearview replicate. Murfin may perhaps good have a pie hidden someplace in his wallet. He might scent the nice and cozy juice now, drifting during the vehicle. ‘You’re only a heathen,’ stated Murfin. ‘You wait until eventually Judgment Day. Then we’ll see who will get selected. ’ ‘You’re too heavy to drift as much as heaven,’ acknowledged Hurst. ‘You’ll sink the wrong way. ’ Murfin sniffed and maintained a dignified silence for a number of moments. ‘And the Blue Lagoon,’ he stated without warning. ‘Am I correct? ’ ‘The what? ’ requested Hurst. ‘Yes, you’re right,’ acknowledged Cooper. without delay contrary the outdated college campus, the flooded some distance Hill Quarry had additionally hit the headlines for it slow. For years it were referred to as the Blue Lagoon, as a result of its azure color, which made it a well-liked position for swimming. It used to be additionally essentially the most polluted stretches of water to be came upon wherever in Derbyshire. the horny colouring have been as a result of the encompassing limestone rocks, which leached calcite crystals into the water, turning it turquoise. Its alkalinity got here from calcium oxide, a derivative of the quarrying strategy. The lagoon was once recognized to include automobile wrecks, useless animals, excrement and different kinds of poisonous garbage. regardless of the symptoms caution that top pH degrees may cause rashes, eye irritations, abdominal difficulties and fungal infections, mom and dad may be visible pulling their infants round in rubber earrings at the water. complete households on a regular basis made the trek to the lagoon, staring at on the blue water as though to persuade themselves they have been within the Bahamas. It were appealing to examine, yet horrendously risky. however it wasn’t beautiful any further. at the precept that the lagoon’s allure used to be all approximately floor visual appeal, the council dyed the water black. once they visited a long way Hill Quarry now, humans didn’t imagine they have been within the Bahamas to any extent further. They knew completely good they have been in Derbyshire. ‘One of the coffin roads all started from someplace close to here,’ stated Cooper.