Sharon Bolton Books In Order – Complete List

Sharon Bolton (aka S.J. Bolton, aka Sharon J. Bolton) is the British author of the popular Lacey Flint series, as well as several standalone thriller novels.

Reading the Sharon Bolton stories, especially for the Lacey Flint books, is an unforgettable experience. The series is one of the strongest, most chilling set of thrillers I have recently read. A very complex character, Lacey is a police officer with a past that she’d like hidden forever.

Here are all the Sharon Bolton books in order both for her Lacey Flint series and her standalone novels.

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The Lacey Flint Books in Publication Order

  1. Now You See Me (#1), 2011
  2. If Snow Hadn’t Fallen (#1.5), 2012
  3. Dead Scared (#2), 2012
  4. Like This, For Ever #3), 2013 (also called Lost)
  5. A Dark And Twisted Tide (#4), 2014
  6. Here Be Dragons (#4.5), 2016
  7. The Dark (#5), 2022

The Craftsman Series in Publication Order

  1. Alive (The Craftsman #0.5), 2018
  2. The Craftsman (The Craftsman #1), 2018
  3. The Buried (The Craftsman #2), 2022 (originally titled The Poisoner)

Standalone Sharon Bolton Novels

Short Story Collections – Short Stories

Sharon Bolton Biography – About the Author

Sharon Bolton was born in 1960 in Lancashire, North England. At some point in her life, Sharon Bolton worked for the National Rivers Authority (later The Environment Agency).

The author’s background reminded me strongly of her book A Dark and Twisted Tide and the novella Here Be Dragons, where water features in the Lacey Flint book series. Both Lacey and Mark Joesbury know how to navigate the Thames, and I have a feeling that some of the author’s knowledge about the water, tides, and what lurks beneath has seeped into her books as well.

Born and brought up in Lancashire, Sharon Bolton is now living with her husband and son in a village in the Chiltern Hills, close to Oxford.

She studied drama at Loughborough University, following her childhood dream of becoming an actress and dancer. After graduating, she started performing for a while at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

After relocating to London, where she worked in the public related sector, she received her postgraduate degree / masters degree in business administration from Warwick University.

Her next career path took Sharon to the world of marketing and PR, which eventually she left, along the big city she was living in to start a family, and become a full-time mom and writer (and all the Lacey Flint readers thank you for making this decision, as without it there might have never been created this series that we love so much).

Her childhood dream was never writing in the first place, so she picked up the pen and paper (well, laptop, really) relatively late in her life to start writing books. The first book was release in 2007.

Her first standalone novel, Awakening, was a gripping thriller suspense story and she was pretty surprised as well as how easy the words were flowing from her mind to the laptop screen. Her next novel, Sacrifice, was turned into a movie in 2016 featuring Rupert Graves, Radha Mitchell, and David Robb. The film was released by Luminous Pictures.

While the author’s novels are great books in their own right, her Lacey Flint series is a level well-above cut. When I first read Now You See Me, I was hooked from the first pages.

It was a hard book with a hard heroine, one that kept my attention throughout. Lacey has a sharp mind, strong wit and very good at her job. A detective constable with the London Metropolitan Police, she often gets the big cases the police gets on their desk.

Lacey often has to go around her superiors to solve her difficult cases. To solver her tough cases, she more often than not relies on her very accurate gut instinct that tells her what to do in those very dire moments when her life or that of others can be in serious danger.

Sharon Bolton Awards

Sharon Bolton’s books earned the author several awards including the Crime Writers Association (CWA) Dagger Award for her writing overall.

  • Awakening won the Mary Higgins Clark in 2010
  • Blood Harvest was nominated by CWA for the Dagger Awards Best Book in 2010
  • Little Black Lies was nominated for the Macavity Awards Best Book in 2016
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2 Comments

  1. Dear Ms. Bolton, I love the Lacey Flint series and am wondering how long we have to wait to see what Lacey’s answer to Mark’s proposal is?
    PS Lynch

  2. hi Sharon, love your books, am wondering when your next book will be published? also, would it be possible to purchase lacey’s wedding.
    mh richards

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