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The Craftsman

Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
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Summary

Devoted father or merciless killer?

His secrets are buried with him.

Florence Lovelady's career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares the victims were buried...alive.

Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he's dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Did she get it wrong all those years ago? Or is there something much darker at play?

©2018 Sharon Bolton (P)2018 Orion

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Best of the best

I've read all of Sharon Bolton's work and eagerly pre order them. This is the best by far and I hope the 30 year gap in this story will allow her to write some more cases starring WPC Lovelady. Excellent exciting story from start to finish and kept me guessing throughout.

The narration of the main character was oddly stilted like someone reading not acting however in this story it gives the feeling of the policewoman testifying from written notes and is less obvious with the other characters.

Really can't go wrong with this whether you've read any of her previous work or not.

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Have I missed something

Don’t know if I missed anything or fell sleep at some time but I still do not know why they took three children and buried them alive?

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What a very clever story

It took me a while to warm to the female lead, but apart from the usual thoughts of “would a trainee pc really do that”, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The narrator’s poshness was irritating to start with, but I guess that’s how the villagers would have felt as well. There’s obviously a serious amount of search gone into this book. Highly recommended.

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Love this book

I have lessoned to this book twice now and and still love it.
It’s so good and you can picture the story in your mind ( well I can ) I feel like am watching from a distance what’s going on in the town.
Sharon has a great writing technique that seems too draw you into the book and you feel like your part of it.
I know at the end of the year I will be leasing again to this book.
It’s nice to hear such a strong leading lady.


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Chilling and believable.

Excellent reading of a well written whodunnit. The plot is complex, but not too difficult to follow, with a spooky supernatural twist.

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Disappointed - not up to usual standard

I felt the book should have ended a few chapters from the actual end. The story got sillier and sillier with massive plot holes.

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Loved it

To be honest I had to start this book again a few months later as I couldn't get into it, but I am so glad I tried that second time! I couldn't stop listening to it and was well worth the perseverance. If it was a series on tv I would have had to download it and watch it all at once 😁

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Crafty

Brilliant. I'll definitely listen again to get the full detail and go onto some of her other books

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WOW

This is my first book by Sharon Bolton, but it won’t be my last! A fantastically well written novel that keeps you interested from the first sentence. Each chapter brings a new facet to the tale and is completely unpredictable! Beautifully narrated by Nathalie Buscombe. She is believable and paints a vivid scene. I shall definitely continue reading the authors other material. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Most unexpected

The Craftsman took some turns that I really wasn't expecting. I was very interested in how a female police detective was treated in pre-politically correct times and although we have far to go, I was cringing at the blatant and overt sexism. The story was clever and well thought out. I wasn't sure about the whole spiritual element to the tale and for me, personally, didn't feel it added anything to what was an intriguing and compelling story without it. Nevertheless, a 4 star listen from me.