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The Craftsman

Catching him will make her career - and change her forever. August, 1999 On the hottest day of the year, Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady attends the funeral of Larry Glassbrook, the convicted murderer she arrested thirty years earlier. A master carpenter and funeral director, Larry imprisoned his victims, alive, in the caskets he made himself. Clay effigies found entombed with their bodies suggested a motive beyond the worst human depravity. June, 1969 13-year- old Patsy Wood has been missing for two days, the third teenager to disappear in as many months. New to the Lancashire police force and struggling to fit in, WPC Lovelady is sent to investigate an unlikely report from school children claiming to have heard a voice calling for help. A voice from deep within a recent grave. August, 1999 As she tries to lay her ghosts to rest, Florence is drawn back to the Glassbrooks' old house, in the shadow of Pendle Hill, where she once lodged with the family. She is chilled by the discovery of another effigy - one bearing a remarkable resemblance to herself. Is the killer still at large? Is Florence once again in terrible danger? Or, this time, could the fate in store be worse than even her darkest imaginings?...

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The Craftsman Reviews

  • Luffy

    My first piping hot book of Sharon J. Bolton. I was mesmerized by the sophistication of the story and I was galled by the author's will to push the envelope on the ancient horrors that the depraved parts of mankind can wield.

    Florence Lovelady is a very much recognizable character. I welcome that. She is a character that's familiar. Her actions have direct consequences. She sometimes meets opposition in her inquiries, for being a woman I suppose.

    But to craft a sensational book, trust Sharon Bolto

  • Janet

    Oh heck.... this is as creepy as anything 😯 Fuller review to follow.

  • Sarah

    Oh my word! I have read a few books by this author now and have enjoyed them all. This one though, I absolutely loved!

    Florence Lovelady has to be just one of the best protagonists I have met in a while. What a brilliant character! Even though the book starts and ends in present day, the majority of the story is set in the 1960’s. There weren’t many women police officers around in those days. Especially in the place where Florence finds herself. She is very much the new kid on the block and witho

  • Susan

    It is August, 1999, and Florence Lovelady has returned to Pendle Witch Country, to attend the funeral of convicted killer Larry Glassbrook. Now an Assistant Commissioner, Florence (nicknamed by her colleagues as Flossie) was a young woman, just beginning her career, in 1969, when a series of missing teenagers led to the case which made her name, but almost ended her life.

    When there are a series of missing teenagers, Florence is keen to be involved on the investigation. Her colleagues see her as

  • Lisa

    4.5 stars

    Sharon Bolton remains one of my favourite authors - she is one that as soon as I see a new book come out I'm ordering it (as I've read all her books now).

    I just loved this book.

    Not only is the actual hardcover so beautiful but the story is absorbing and exciting.

    It is a police procedural with a touch of the supernatural.

    Set predominantly in 1969 but also 1999 it captures both time periods so well.

    I requested this book from my boyfriend as a birthday present and luckily he obliged and I

  • Janel

    I loved everything about this book! Let’s start at the beginning. I read an ARC copy of this novel, there was no title, it just began “Dear Reader” – I was gripped immediately, thinking it was Florence Lovelady addressing the reader, it was only when I got to the end, and saw Bolton’s name, I realised it was the author addressing the reader. I had, in fact, just read the Foreword, in which Bolton explained why she wrote this book. So, it’s accurate to say, I loved this book from the very first p ...more

  • Miriam Smith

    Wow! Oh how I enjoyed "The Craftsman" by popular and well respected author Sharon Bolton. Excellently written, well plotted and superbly crafted, this is an 'unputdownable' book that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish.

    I was particularly interested in the open letter at the start to readers by the author. It had me very intrigued as to what the story was going to be about as I have always had an interest in the history of witches and this certainly peaked my curiosity.

    The story starts by

  • Bill Kupersmith

    It is proof of Sharon Bolton’s artistic genius that I can enjoy stories featuring my greatest fears, snakes in Awakening and burial alive here in Bolton’s newest detective novel, The Craftsman. In 1969 Florence Lovelady, a 22 year-old Woman Police Constable (as they were then called), has been assigned to a force in Lancashire in the town of Sabden , near the setting for a notorious witch craze in the early 17th century, the Pendle witch trials. Three teenaged school children have disappeared, a ...more