From bestselling crime writer Sharon Bolton comes a startling tour de force, hailed in the national press as 'Bolton at her best'.
OLD ENEMIES... NEW CRIMES
Thirty years ago, WPC Florence Lovelady's career was made when she arrested coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook for three shocking murders.
Larry confessed; it was an open and shut case. But now he's dead, and events from the past are repeating themselves.
The town Florence left behind still has many secrets. Will she finally uncover the truth? Or will time run out for her first?
'Filled with intrigue and suspense. The Craftsman is spellbinding.' - Clare Mackintosh
'Sharon Bolton at her absolute finest. Beautifully dark and disturbing.' - Jenny Blackhurst
'Darkly gothic and brilliantly original, The Craftsman will have you spellbound.' - JP Delaney
'An absolutely terrific crime novel that takes your darkest fear and makes it reality.' - Elly Griffiths
'Grisly and compelling.' - Sarah Hilary
'Utterly terrifying and gripping.' - Sabine Durrant
'An original, dark, and twisted tale and the words just sparkle on the page.' - Niki Mackay
'I dare you to read it after dark. The Craftsman is a blood-chilling thriller that will cast a spell on you.' - Mark Edwards
'Fabulous, utterly unique storyline, that will effortlessly stand out in the crowd of thrillers. It'll give you the creeps.' - Helen Fields
'Pitch perfect creepiness, air punching female empowerment and sinister mysteries kept me hooked to the very last page.' - Holly Seddon
'The Craftsman goes to some very dark places, and will have readers looking nervously over their shoulders with every page they turn.' - Mick Herron
'A brilliant blend of rich crime thriller with a hint of the gothic. Dark, disturbing and with women who totally rock, with the Craftsman Sharon Bolton has proven herself to be a master Craftsman herself. Buy it. Read it. Tell your friends. Then sleep with the light on.' - Sarah Pinborough
In 1969, WPC Florence Lovelady, the heroine of this riveting thriller from Mary Higgins Clark Award winner Bolton (Dead Woman Walking), is assigned to Sabden, England, where a killer is burying teenagers alive. She plays a key role in putting mortician Larry Glassbrook behind bars for the crimes. Florence remains in contact with Glassbrook, who drops a cryptic hint that he knows more about the murders than he has let on: "Tell it to the bees." In 1999, he dies in prison. Florence, who has risen to the rank of assistant commissioner, returns to Sabden for his funeral. Later, under a beehive in the yard of his old house, she finds a clay effigy of a bound female figure that she realizes casts doubt on the original investigation's results. Smart, competent Florence must contend with the disdain of her male colleagues as she doggedly strives to uncover the truth, regardless of the personal or political cost. Elements of witchcraft and the occult take the tale down a dark road toward an ending that's not wholly convincing. Still, readers will race to get there.
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I read Daisy in Chain (my first of Sharon’s novels) a year ago and got hooked on her style of writing! I lapped up every book in the Lacey Flint series and anxiously await her return. I adore Sharon Bolton’s style of writing and her taste in stories. They are edgy, thrilling, shocking and down right scary most of the time! I can not put them down and my biggest fear is when I run out of her material to loose myself in!
The Craftsmen is easily a favourite. As always her heroine,Flossy, is cool, crazy and ballsy to the extreme, but down to earth enough that every girl can respect and relate. The story is incredible! And as always with Sharon’s novels, leaves you guessing right up until the end. The curve ball is crazy! Love love love! Well done on another masterpiece Sharon Bolton. Keep them coming....please