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 e Catching him will make her career - and change her forever. August, 1999 On the hottest day of the year, Assis...

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Title:The Craftsman
Author:Sharon J. Bolton
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:B06ZXW5254
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Craftsman Reviews

  • Debra
    Sep 03, 2018
    "The Craftsman is the story of women, and witches. Of the children we love and must protect. And of the men who fear us." -Sharon Bolton Holy Crap! This is the rare book which had my mouth hanging open at the end! SHOCKING! The Craftsman is a perfectly crafted tale in which Bolto...
  • Brenda
    Jun 14, 2018
    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 goi...
  • Susan
    Mar 10, 2018
    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 ser...
  • Sheila
    Aug 28, 2018
    4 stars--I really liked it. One of my favorite Sharon Bolton novels. This book combines a supernatural plot with a police procedural, and is great at both. Florence starts as a female cop in the 60s, and gets thrust in the middle of a huge case involving missing and murdered childre...
  • Luffy
    May 07, 2018
    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. ...
  • Linda
    Aug 19, 2018
    Honestly, my own mind scares the crackers out of me sometimes. And the extremely talented Sharon Bolton just handed off her latest offering served with a double heaping scoop of CREEP on steroids. She's outdone herself in this one, folks. Welcome to the crackling side of things that...
  • Laura
    May 21, 2018
    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com 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/crim...
  • Bill Kupersmith
    May 31, 2018
    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 calle...
  • Zoeytron
    Sep 04, 2018
    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review. The ins and outs of coffins and caskets, clay effigies, abandoned bee hives, and the wonder of small things.  Patterns, phases of the moon, and a librarian with big yellow teeth and frightening eyebrows.  Thirty years have pa...
  • Amy
    May 03, 2018
    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 a...
  • Nigel
    Feb 19, 2018
    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 full I've read most of Sharon...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Aug 25, 2017
    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 to...
  • Lisa
    Jun 03, 2018
    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 ...
  • Janet
    Feb 09, 2018
    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 i...
  • Sandy
    Aug 12, 2018
    4.5 stars When 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 direction, adding magic & supernatural elements to the usual mix of crime, my...
  • Christine
    Aug 19, 2018
    Sharon Bolton has a little gem on her hands with The Craftsman! When I first heard she was switching publishers in order to write a very different book near and dear to her heart, I was worried. Especially when I heard it involved witchcraft. Not my thing. I found out it IS my thing th...
  • Sarah
    Feb 07, 2018
    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...
  • Rachel Hall
    Apr 22, 2018
    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 Mu...
  • Emma
    Feb 14, 2018
    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 Lovel...
  • Meredith
    Aug 28, 2018
    4.5 stars CHILLING! Superbly crafted psychological thriller about children being buried alive in a small town rumored to have ties to witchcraft. This is an atmospheric, suspenseful, twisty read filled with elements of the supernatural. Witchcraft and gender norms play subtle...
  • Lisa
    Aug 01, 2018
    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 embossed with a coffin in the background doesn't that creep you out? Let me say it wa...
  • Mandy White
    Apr 22, 2018
    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 fo...
  • Miriam Smith
    Apr 14, 2018
    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 st...
  • Paromjit
    Mar 08, 2018
    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 ...
  • Kendall
    Sep 03, 2018
    Sharon Bolton has climbed her way up my favorite list of authors! Sharon does it again with this one my friends! What a RIDE!! As always, what a unique and extremely well written web of suspense that Bolton has crafted here with elements of supernatural and witchcraft! I LOVED the ...
  • Maureen Carden
    Jun 02, 2018
    With The Craftsman I think Sharon Bolton has jumped into Stephen King territory of horror and left him behind. Shocking and heartbreaking, this is a compelling story of a place, a people and a great many tragedies. It is also the story of a love that will last for eternity. The Crafts...
  • Janel
    May 13, 2018
    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 B...
  • Pauline
    Jul 08, 2018
    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 we...
  • Dennis
    Aug 22, 2018
    ALL THE STARS! Sharon Bolton's latest release, The Craftsman is her best yet. I am so ready for you all to get hooked by her newest tale?witchcraft, serial killers, children being buried alive?WHAT?! The story starts off in 1999, where serial killer Larry Glassbrook is being l...
  • Lucy Langford
    Sep 17, 2018
    4.5*** Gothic, gripping and spellbinding! RTC ...