The Craftsman

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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About Sharon J. Bolton

Sharon's newest book The Craftsman is now available for pre-order and is out on the 3rd May 2018 in the UK! PLUS Alive, a short story/prequel is available for FREE! (see Sharon's website

    The Craftsman Reviews

  • 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 histor...

  • 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 enjo...

  • 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 pa...

  • Sandy

    4.5 starsWhen I’m asked to recommend great crime/mystery books, this author is always on the list. If she wrote a book on installing linoleum, I’d read it. In this outing she branches off in a new...

  • 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 inte...

  • 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 behi...

  • 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 th...

  • 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...

  • Lisa

    If you thought Sharon Bolton was a brilliant author well let me tell you she has out done herself with The Craftsmen firstly let me say the cover when I picked it up was so creepy but beautiful Gold e...

  • 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...