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
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 a very male dominated arena, is amusing and frustr ...more
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 story with elements of horror, the darkest of arts a ...more
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 more evidence of just what an imaginative and prog ...more
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 in 1999 with Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovel ...more
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 these factors were very well combined in the plot a ...more
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 Sharon Bolton. It delivered a much darker and infinitel ...more
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
“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 some extra interest, this latest book is set in the mys ...more