The Craftsman by Sharon J. Bolton

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 depra...

Details The Craftsman

TitleThe Craftsman
Release DateApr 5th, 2018
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller, Fiction

Reviews The Craftsman

  • Paromjit
    Sharon Bolton takes us into her northern home territory, Lancashire, inhospitable, unpredictable, often savage, horrifying, but heartbreakingly and wonderfully beautiful. She draws on the areas history of witches with the Pendle witch trials, folklore, legend, and its fear and macabre treatment of intelligent women who dare to be different. Set in Sabden, a town on the edge of Pendle Hill, Bolton combines these themes to give us an outstanding st...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.B...
  • Pauline
    I wasn't sure about this book when I started reading it because we were told who the murder was from the start. The story started slowly telling the tale from thirty years ago but then things got interesting especially when the story jumped to 1999. I'm glad I didn't give up, it was well worth reading.
  • Liz Barnsley
    This may be the best book Ms Bolton has written to date. It is CERTAINLY the creepiest keep you up all night subtly scary novel I have read in a long time.Set in the 70’s and later on the cusp of the new millennium, the story follows Florence, a policewoman in a small northern town where children are disappearing. Their fate becomes intertwined with her fate and Sharon Bolton weaves a tense and deeply atmospheric tale around her characters and ...
  • Emma
    Beware the witch. In Pendle, myth has it that women are baptised twice: once in the traditional fashion, then again in the local waters of the tarn to a much darker master... but is it witchcraft behind the live burials of three teenagers?This is the question WPC Florence Lovelady is investigating, first in 1969 during their original disappearance and discovery, then again today. Her rather challenging experience as police during that period, in ...
  • Brenda
    Sharon Bolton starts this book with a note to readers explaining the basis for the book. It’s clearly personal for her. The setting is in Lancashire, where Bolton was born and raised with the legend of the Pendle Witch Trials. As I was reading, it became apparent to me that I was going to love this book. I loved the menacing undertones.Florence Lovelady has returned to Sabden for the funeral of a man she sent to prison 30 years ago. She tells h...
  • 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 tria...
  • Mandy White
    WOW...Sharon Bolton that was one amazing book!! I just loved this dark and creepy book so much that I did not want it to end.I have been a fan of Sharon Bolton's for a while now - I big fan of the Lacey Flint series. I read the short story "Alive" which definitely got me excited for this book - and it did not disappoint. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this book from TBC on Facebook and the publisher and I was so excited to read ...
  • Rachel Hall
    The Craftsman marks the first in a trilogy that acclaimed author Sharon Bolton readily concedes that she has always wanted to write and pays testament to her Lancastrian heritage and a north of England tainted by a legacy of savagery that witnessed the Pendle Witch Trials, the Moors Murders and the reign of the Yorkshire Ripper. Quite simply, The Craftsman, is superb storytelling; engaging, absorbing and hugely entertaining throughout and is yet ...
  • Janet
    Oh heck.... this is as creepy as anything. Yep, it really is. Why? Because this is Ms Bolton at her most horrifying, spine tingling best. I've just had a spell of reading some of Ms Bolton's back catalogue and The Craftsman is up there as one to be beaten.It starts off as set out in the blurb with Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady attending the funeral of convicted murderer Larry Glassbrook. A craftsman of caskets who buried his victims al...
  • 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 involv...
  • 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 hersel...
  • Lisa
    4.5 starsSharon 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 a...
  • 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, i...
  • Laura
    Book reviews on I've only read one other novel by Sharon Bolton (Little Black Lies, which I really enjoyed) and that was a while ago, so I wasn't sure what to expect from this. I soon found myself completely drawn into this atmospheric, well-written mystery/crime/thriller novel.One of the things that set this apart again other novels for me was the fact that the majority of the storyline is set in the late 1960's, and so you s...
  • Nigel
    4.5/5 for sure. Dark, spooky and maybe a little odd at times but very powerful writing and I love Flossie as a character. Not certain the end worked for me at present but will reflect on that. Without doubt one of the "best of the year" ones for me.In fullI've read most of Sharon Bolton's books now and always enjoyed them. Having some knowledge of the location and the Pendle witches, this one appealed to me. The funeral of the local undertaker, G...
  • Tracy Fenton
    Firstly I would like to thank the publishers for my Advanced Proof Copy sent last November. Secondly I would like to send the same publishers a bill for my hoover repair as the book was delivered in a creepy looking box full of stinky wood chippings which went EVERYWHERE and I swear I can still smell them 5 months later.Anyway, back to the book. This is a very creepy and exceptionally atmospheric story, which I found fascinating. The story opens ...
  • Latkins
    I've read a few Sharon Bolton novels, and this is one of her best. Blending a fast-paced crime thriller with a sinister tale of witchcraft in 1960s Lancashire, it's a little of reminiscent of The Wicker Man. In 1999, police officer Florence Lovelady returns to the small Lancastrian town where she began her career, for the funeral of the infamous coffin maker Larry Glassbrook, who died in prison. She helped bring him to justice back in 1969, for b...
  • Sandie Bishop
    This book is set right at the end of the 1960's and later in the 1990's centring around the Glassbrook family and their lodger WPC Florence (Flossie) Lovelady. Lovelady is noticeable by being the first female police officer in a small Northern town of Sabden and a Londoner to boot. Her long red hair makes her unmissable wherever she goes. Coincidentally the disappearances of local teenager started at around the time Flossie started her duties.The...
  • Kate
    Thoroughly entertaining and distinctly chilly crime fiction with that extra special certain something that we expect from the wonderful Sharon Bolton. An engrossing read.
  • Heidi
    “What is it that you love so much about this author?", one of my friends asked me after having to listen to my half hour rant about how very much I was looking forward to Bolton’s latest offering, The Craftsman. Mmmh, where do I even start?There is the delicious dark and claustrophobic setting with gothic undertones that is a trademark of each and every one of Bolton’s books, which thankfully also forms a large part of The Craftsman. To add...
  • Alexis
    I'm not going to give much of a synopsis of this book because I don't feel it would be right - I think the less you know about this going in the better. Basically it tells the story of a case involving a policewoman in 1960s Lancashire.I really enjoyed this book. There were a few different things going on with the witchcraft element, the police drama and the difficulties Florence faced being a policewoman (or even just a woman) in the '60s. All t...
  • Amy
    Last year Sharon Bolton had me raving about a book containing hot air balloons, nuns, human trafficking and peacocks, yes Dead Woman Walking took all of those elements and delivered a thriller the likes of which I’d never seen before. Until now. The Craftsman delves into witchcraft and clay effigies (think voodoo dolls) and has a supernatural undercurrent that normally wouldn’t work so well for me, but this? This was genius.It’s starts in 1...
  • Joanne Robertson
    I actually read The Craftsman last year so I was delighted that the blog tour invite gave me the excuse to pick it up and read it all over again to refresh my memory! Then I remembered how much it creeped me out the first time I read it and how I struggled to sleep the night that I finished it! And it did exactly the same again this time round! But OMG…… it was so worth it!The Craftsman really wasn’t what I had expected as a die-hard fan of...
  • YC
    Another excellent read from Sharon Bolton. Highly recommend.
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  • Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling
    I read this until I could not keep my eyes open and then picked up the book again when I awoke. Quite possibly the best EVER book I have read !!!! And so glad there is going to be a book 2.My View:You must get your hands on a copy of this – it is chilling, it will keep you up all night reading and the ending??? Well I never!!! Never guessed this outcome at all. Never realised just who was the wrong doer here, didn’t see this coming. Didn’t ...
  • Lavender
    I have been a big fan of Sharon Bolton for years. I have read all her books. I devoured her last two books "Little Black Lies" and especially "Daisy in Chains". Therefore I was so shocked when I read "Dead Woman Walking" and found myself extremly struggeling with it. That's why I was really looking forward to her new book.I'm a little bit torn here. Unfortunately, I found myselfe struggeling again. I did not expect the story to be that long in th...
  • Lorraine Southern
    Superb, as ever for Ms Bolton 🙂