The novel, set in the Peak District, is the 16th novel in his award-winning series about police officers, Detective Inspector Ben Cooper and Detective Sergeant Diane Fry.
Stephen spent 15 years with the Worksop Guardian, before leaving the industry in 2001, and also worked at the Wilmslow Advertiser, Barnsley Chronicle, Holme Valley Express and Huddersfield District Chronicle.
He said: “Writing Secrets Of Death allowed me to use some of my favourite locations in the Peak District, such as Monsal Head and Surprise View near Hathersage — though not for the usual purposes.
“As well as the locations, the characters of Ben Cooper and Diane Fry are a major factor bringing readers back to read more and more books in the series.
“People get very involved in their lives, and in this novel there are changes ahead for both characters.”