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The Craftsman
The Craftsman | Sharon Bolton
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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dylanisreading
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It starts off a bit slow but ultimately becomes a banger of an audiobook. Nathalie Buscombe does a great job.

Definitely different from any other thrillers I've read this year.

Book three of #summerween.

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dylanisreading
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I DNFed The Fireman at 24% because I didn't care about the characters unfortunately. Then my hold on the tagged book came up in Libby. The audiobook is excellent so far. #summerween

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Tove_Reads
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And Sharon is coming out with another book in 2022!! 🍾😍🥳

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FantasyChick
Craftsman | Sharon Bolton
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maich I have the same little helper😂 We are crafting for 1hour and then cleaning for 3hours😂😂 LOL 10mo
FantasyChick @maich Thank God for washable paints. I had little green footprints all over the house before I stuck him in that chair 🤣🤣🤣 Making memories I guess? Lol 10mo
slategreyskies @FantasyChick when things got extremely messy when my boys were toddlers, I used to take a photo before I cleaned them up. One photo is framed and in the spare room of the day my then four year old decided to color both his face and his brother‘s face with marker. They look so pleased with themselves in that photo, but it took days for the marker to come off!! It‘s funny now, but it wasn‘t then!! 🤣 10mo
FantasyChick Bahahaha @slategreyskies That's a good idea! A picture of the mess maybe next to the finished product. A little before and after. They do love to make messes, don't they? 🤣 10mo
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cathysaid
Craftsman | Sharon Bolton
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#BookmarkMe

Other unique and meaningful bookmarks...
On the left, a tatted bookmark made by my best friend. And on the right, wooden bookmarks made by my husband. I think they are a combination of black poplar, white poplar and cedar.

@Tove_Reads

Tove_Reads 😍 2y
AlaMich You know a lot of talented people! 2y
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swishandflick
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I enjoyed this! The "teenagers being buried alive" angle was definitely spooky and there were some witchy elements too. Very entertaining!

TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 2y
eanderson Good book! I‘m excited for the next one to come out! 2y
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TrishB
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Good detective/witchy thriller! I did not guess the ending at all 👍🏻 good read.
BUT if very overt sexism from the 1960s bothers you - don‘t read. I rolled my eyes a lot.

AlaMich Oh my, did I just finish reading a sterling example of 1960s white dude sexism!! The icing on the cake was the PI protagonist thawing out the frigid ice maiden, fixing her daddy issues and providing sexual fulfillment for the first time in her life. 🤢 3y
TrishB @AlaMich 🙄 I think this one was a bit more true to real life at the time, but still....... 3y
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TrishB
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Train reading today, on the way to a seminar in Birmingham. 😁
Enjoying the murder/mystery in this book, but the sexism in the police force in 1969 🤬

JennyM Enjoy your seminar, Trish. Hope it‘s sunny in Brummy 😊 3y
eanderson I loved this book! Enjoy!!! 3y
Cathythoughts Enjoy your day 👍🏻❤️ 3y
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TrishB @JennyM you‘ve not been home a while have you 😁 I think I last saw the sun about last September and that was in Portugal!! 3y
TrishB @eanderson it‘s a good one 👍🏻 nearly done. 3y
TrishB @Cathythoughts thank you 😘 3y
JennyM @TrishB 😆😆🤣 ☔️ 3y
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SomedayAlmost
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Very good mystery with Gothic details set in a small town with a history of witchcraft lore. (Think of Salem in the UK.) Love the protagonist, a pioneering woman in the local police force. Subplot involving a group of women interested In history of witchcraft. 4.5 stars. Readers who enjoy a touch of the occult in their fiction will particularly enjoy this.

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SomedayAlmost
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Loving this vivid, Gothic thriller! 3 teens are abducted & buried alive. Who could do such a thing? You really root for rookie cop Florence, the protagonist & first female constable in the town. #thriller #goodprotagnist #gruesomemurder

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Tove_Reads
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TrishB Just got 👍🏻 thank you 3y
eanderson I saw her post! I loved this book. Wish it was on sale in the US. 3y
Tove_Reads @TrishB YW! Most definitely worth the price! 3y
Tove_Reads @eanderson I really hate when the prices sometimes differ a lot 3y
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kimmypete1
Craftsman | Sharon Bolton
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I made this! I was significantly peer pressured into participating in a after school crafting event, which I guess I shouldn‘t complain about since I made this awesome wreath! #WinterGames #SlayBells #HolidayCrafts @midnightbookgirl

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sprainedbrain
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Oooooh, this one is really good!

A psychological crime thriller that was not at all what I expected. Exciting through the end and very hard to put down. Great writing, and this is really a perfect book for #screamathon reading. With some excellent witchy stuff that elevated it to something really special. 🔮

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

valeriegeary Yes! I loved this one! More WPC Lovelady please! 😆 3y
sprainedbrain @valeriegeary It was your posts that made me put this one on hold at the library! I‘m very excited to see there‘s another book expected next year. She‘s a great character. 3y
alisiakae This sounds really good! 3y
JoScho I loved this one so much!!! That ending! 3y
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Lizpixie
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#ChillingPhotoChallenge #day3 #Coffin This was my 1st Sharon Bolton & it definitely won‘t be my last. 1969:There‘s a serial killer in a small town in Lancashire, burying kids alive in coffins in the local cemetery. DI Lovelady is sent to investigate & eventually arrests carpenter & funeral director, Larry Glass.1999:she returns for his funeral but things happen that make her question if she had the right man. #TeamSlaughter 2points #PointsTotal-20

Clwojick 1 point 3y
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valeriegeary
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Saw these on an #audiowalk. Clinging to the last bits of summer for as long as I possibly can.

Tamra Lucky you! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🌻 3y
Nebklvr Me too 3y
Tanisha_A Beauty! 3y
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valeriegeary
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I'm listening to this on audio and it is not at all creepy. *Insert sarcasm here* Missing children, clay effigies, caskets, witchy witches, and a lady constable butting heads with her chauvinist colleagues. It's the perfect Fall crime read!

LauraBeth This sounds like a perfect Halloween read! 3y
JoScho I loved this one! 3y
sprainedbrain Oooooh... that sounds fun! 3y
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valeriegeary @LauraBeth yes!! It absolutely is! Read in the dark. With the doors locked. 3y
valeriegeary @JoScho I'm loving it too! Flossy is a fantastic character! And it's so creepy! 3y
valeriegeary @sprainedbrain 🙌 it's good! 3y
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Lizpixie
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At the 2/3rds point of the #HSreadathon And I‘ve read 15 books over more than a 60hr period(can‘t give exact times coz my timer kept resetting itself!) Is there anyone else doing this month long challenge? If so, what‘s your favourite read so far? Mine had to be The Dakota Winters, it took a while to leave me, that book. All great books should be like that. #readathon #20daysDone11toGo

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Lizpixie
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I‘d heard a lot about Sharon Bolton but this was my 1st of her books.I have to say,though I found it a compelling read, it didn‘t quite live up to the hype.Maybe I was expecting too much🤷🏻‍♀️This was still a very good crime novel, lots of twists & turns with a lot of great characters.I did guess who it was halfway but isn‘t that half the fun of detective fiction? The blatant misogyny in the 1969 sections made my blood boil though!🤬 #HSreadathon

Lizpixie Oh, that‘s my time so far spent reading since the 12.01am 1st August for the #HighSummer #readathon 3y
JoScho I loved this book! 3y
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Lizpixie
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So far, this is a bloody brilliant crime novel by Sharon Bolton! Set in the Pendle region of Lancashire in the north of England, it weaves together police procedural & witches quite seamlessly. Told in two time periods, one 1969 the other 1999, it‘s told in the POV of Florence, a WPC in 69 now a high ranking commissioner, who in 69 was investigating the murders of 3 teenagers, buried alive by the resident undertaker. #HSreadathon

eanderson Sooo good! I love Sharon Bolton! 3y
Andrew65 Loved this. 3y
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Lizpixie
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So the end of my #reversereadathon was a bust. I was up all night trying to to get to 10am, but about 5 chapters into The Craftsman, I think it was about 8.30am, I passed out in my library chair with my book in my lap & my timer turned off after my last rest break. This is the last time on it, so I‘m going with that. How did your #Deweys24HRreadathon go? #HSreadathon #readathon #restingbookface

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JoScho
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Got a little #bookhaul from #bookoutlet with some of my favorites I read last year.

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt3 I‘ve always meant to pick up a Sharon Bolton crime novel, luckily Booktopia are having a Crime & Thriller Showcase sale so I picked this up with a discount. Florence Lovelady‘s career was made after the conviction of coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook for burying children alive. But he‘s now dead and similar murders are happening. Did she get it wrong?

JoScho I LOVED this book! 3y
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LauraRenae
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Entertaining and thrilling through the end. Lovely final line. #ATY2019 #junereadathon #teambumblebee

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Gizmo86
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A great stack of books for my birthday from my mum. Already picking what to go for after my current read 📚📚📚🤓🎉🎈🎁

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LauraRenae
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I may have gotten a little carried away at the library. I also may have discovered why I knew it was a good idea to use the drive thru. #library #bookhaul (can you spot the dog nose? 😂)

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Samantha.1020
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This may be the creepiest book I read all year! It was also super compelling and everything I love about this author and the books she writes! I highly recommend her books!

Book #9 of 2019
Source: Checked out from my local library.

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Samantha.1020
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Just finished: The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton. It was quite the creepy read. Full thoughts to come on it.

Currently reading: The Devil‘s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas.

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SW-T
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A dark and atmospheric read. Flossie is a good detective, but her skills are used against her by her own sexist fellow police officers. How could she know so much about the murdered teens unless she was in on it? This chilling mystery goes back and forth in time to a satisfying but unexpected end.

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SW-T
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And the tension mounts...

wordzie It's good 4y
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SW-T
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Tea latte, mini cupcakes, and a book. Good way to shut down the day 😊

@SailorMoon Not a fantasy! 😉😂

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Jessicaanne
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I was late for multiple things because I could not put this book down. I loved the suspense and how I was constantly guessing (incorrectly) who the killer was. I was not a fan of the ending but it didn‘t ruin the book for me. 4⭐️ #LitsyAtoZ

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LaceyDoesLit
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Craftylikefox
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I was up late finishing this one!!! I couldn‘t put it down. I had to know! This a really good mystery that takes place in 1999 and in the 60‘s. It‘s from the point of view the only female cop on the force in a small town in 60‘s. Children start to go missing and they are trying to figure out if they have run away or are kidnapped. Jump to 1999 and how the case effected her. A smart female lead, a good mystery and witches. This is in my wheelhouse.

JoScho The ending right?!? 4y
Craftylikefox @joscho that ending had me!!! 4y
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Craftylikefox
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I made it to work early, before anyone else! Snuck in some reading time 😊 It‘s really picking up now!

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Craftylikefox
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Excited to start this one on my quiet Saturday morning. A very big #blameitonlitsy but I also trust the recommendation 😊 Happy Saturday

JoScho Yay! I am excited for you to read this one. The first drags a bit but stick with it. 4y
Craftylikefox @JoScho thanks 😊 I plan to stick through with what I‘ve heard about it. I‘m enjoying the build up 4y
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BibliOphelia
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This book was a lot of fun to read, despite its gruesome subject. There were a few gaps in logic toward the end, but if you don‘t think about it too much (I am a big over-thinker), it holds together well enough. 😂 It looks like it‘s the first on a series, and I‘ll definitely read the next one - Florence and Tom are an entertaining couple!

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SitsWithaBook
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Mmmmm. I feel a bit conflicted. Certainly compelling enough but it went a bit cuckoo-pants for me. But on the whole it was worthwhile. #2019

cathysaid Just read this last week. I enjoyed it but it seems I like her earlier books more. 4y
SitsWithaBook @cathysaid I agree. Little Black Lies was a jawdropper. 4y
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SitsWithaBook
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1. Originally from Minnesota. Been in Omaha, Nebraska since 2007.
2. Robyn Carr. Previously and unfairly discounted by me as grocery store books. She's quite good and her books are charming comfort reads.
3. At my current reading pace, about 20 years worth. And that's if I dont have any net gains! Lol hopeless
4. In bed or loveseat in the front room.
5. Cutting for Stone.
#littenintro @tessavi

tessavi Welcome to Litsy! Your pile will grow even more 😉 4y
TheSpineView I have the same problem. I read around 100 books a year and at that rate it will take me 10+ years to read what I own. 😋 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled #5 - YES!! 🥰 4y
Sha0102 Cutting for Stone is wonderful!!!!! 4y
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maleahrae
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Mehso-so

I just finished this one and I honestly wasn't crazy about it. Reading it felt like work at times. The story just didn't pull me in. However, I'm glad to have finished my first book for the #booked2019 challenge! #femaledetective
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Yay for completing your first prompt 🎊🎊🎊 4y
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cathysaid
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Final review of the year. While this had a slow start, it became quite the psychological thriller. The end is full of twists and turns. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️‘s

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JoScho
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These are my favorite books I read in 2018. It was a good reading year and I found so many wonderful new books thanks to Litsy. I could also include the Bill Hodges trilogy-loved it. See any books you loved? #18in2018 #18in18

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Some great books there! 📚 4y
LazyDays Ready player One is a good one. 4y
RadicalReader @JoScho I cannot wait for 2019 to read An Anonymous Girl and No Exit 4y
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JennyM Great list 🥳 4y
JoScho @LazyDays such a good one! 4y
JoScho @RadicalReader I read An Anonymous Girl and it was good but haven‘t read No Exit yet. Looking forward to it! 4y
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cathysaid
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A half-hour into the #11thHourReadathon and I‘m distracted by the Orange Bowl football game. Looks like the hope of having someone other than AL in the championship game is slim. 😐 Glad the book is getting better!

Kappadeemom I‘m watching it too (and reading in between plays 😂😂) 4y
cathysaid @Kappadeemom They‘re out for blood! 4y
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Craftylikefox
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The first haul from my Christmas Amazon gift card. My second box should be here tomorrow. Two of these are #blameitonLitsy.
@JoScho

Lovesbooks87 Sawkill Girls was so good! Enjoy! 4y
JoScho Yes!!!! I can‘t wait for you to read The Craftsman! 4y
JoScho I also have Sawkill Girls but haven‘t read it yet. 4y
Craftylikefox @Lovesbooks87 @joscho those are my blame it on Litsy 😂 Now I just need some time off from work, just for reading! 4y
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cathysaid
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Um...Minotaur Books should have an open editor‘s position right about now.

Reagan Oh wow. 4y
SitsWithaBook Ooof! Good eyes! 4y
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wtimblin
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Loved this book. People buried alive, corrupt town freemasons, clueless village police, witches and general creepiness! What is not to love. Plus it's set in a small Lancashire town in the shadow of Pendle Hill, the notorious site of the Pendle Witch trials in the late 1600's (and not too far from my house!). ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

BookishMadHatter Great book. 4y
Tove_Reads Love Bolton! Two more to come, because it‘s a trilogy! 4y
JoScho Finished this yesterday. Was very impressed! 4y
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JoScho
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This book is a great read. It takes place in 1969 and in 1999. In the past we see a rookie female officer dealing with a serial killer that has been burying teenagers alive. In the present we are wondering if they got the right man. There is so much more to this story though and I highly recommend it. Great female main character. Just read it!

JoScho @Craftylikefox I think this one will be right up your alley! 4y
whatsthEStorey I saw this on Libby and immediately dismissed it. Neither the blurb nor the cover (different than your picture) enticed me at all. You changed my mind! Maybe this will be my female detective for #booked2019! 🤔 4y
Craftylikefox Oh that sounds sooo good!!! 4y
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JoScho @whatsthEStorey it is really good! I just grabbed it from the library on a whim and I am so glad I did! 4y
JoScho @Craftylikefox and it has witches! 4y
Craftylikefox Just added it to my TBR and Amazon wish list!!! That‘s high on my list!! (edited) 4y
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JoScho
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Loving this book and determined to finish it today 🖤

Lea 🙌🏻🙌🏻 4y
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CathyJ
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A big thanks to @Jenna2 for recommending this book to me. One of the best thrillers I've read (or listened to in this case) in a long time. I can't wait to read more by Sharon Bolton.

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JoScho
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I mean Mork is basically me in dog form-he loves food, naps, and alone time. #selfiewithcurrentread #fallintoreading #dogsoflitsy #mork

AmyG That puppy face!!! ❤️ 4y
gradcat I love Sharon Bolton!! And that cute doggy in the post 🎶! 4y
Librariana Mork is perfect! 😍 4y
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AlaMich Hi Mork!! 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awwwww too cute!!!!! 💙💙💙 4y
Purrfectpages What a cutie! And I love his name! 4y
JoScho @AmyG @Librariana @AlaMich @Purrfectpages @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Mork says hi and he would give you all cuddles if he could! 🥰🐾❤️ 4y
JoScho @gradcat this is my first book by her but so far I am really enjoying it. 4y
tracey38 Sounds like me, too. ❤ 4y
Ericalambbrown Awwww, Mork! I love his name. What a doll baby💕 4y
JoScho @Ericalambbrown thanks so much 🥰🐾❤️ 4y
Eggs He sounds and looks amazing 😉 4y
gradcat @JoScho I think she has a series under S.J. Bolton, and the stand-alones are under Sharon Bolton..or vice-versa...either way, I think I‘ve read nearly all of them. I hope you like them as much as I do! 😊😊 4y
JoScho @Eggs oh he is amazing! He is a 10 pound badass! 😂 4y
JoScho @gradcat thanks for letting me know. I will for sure look them up. This one is captivating. 4y
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JoScho
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Just started this book I got from Overdrive and this was in the note to reader. Love it!

Andrew65 I really enjoyed this book! 4y
JoScho @Andrew65 yay! That makes me even more excited to read it 😊 4y
eanderson I loved this book! Enjoy!!! 4y
JoScho @eanderson awesome! 😊 4y
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