Despite adding a post on my favourite women in crime, I didn’t include Sharon Bolton and her detective Lacey Flint. The reasons for this are many, but the biggest one is that she deserves a full post of her own!
I came across Now You See Me, the first of S. J. Bolton’s (as she published then) Lacey Flint books, quite by chance, as part of a prize package but once I had started reading, I literally didn’t put it down until I was done. It’s an overused phrase to show enthusiasm for a book, but I was completely blown away by the clever and unashamedly gruesome plot, based on the Jack the Ripper case, and also by a heroine who is not all she appears.
Lacey is excellent at her job, but she isolates herself from her colleagues for reasons which become apparent as this and the further three books explain. She goes about the process of living her life quietly and with a minimum of fuss, until Mark Joesbury comes into her life.
Although each of these books is a very clever mystery thriller, there is a thread that runs through them, and that is the relationship between Lacey Flint and Mark Joesbury. They are clearly attracted to each other, both scared to take a leap because of their emotional baggage but, in between the utterly gripping cases that they work together, there are some real moments of tenderness between the two, moments where you can’t help hoping the author will give them a little shove!
Having said that, however, I did note in a previous review that perhaps having them get close to the point of sleeping together might change the dynamic too much, but that is a matter of personal opinion I suppose…
Currently, the Lacey Flint series sits at four books and three short stories (one of which was a pre-order exclusive), with no plans from Sharon Bolton to return to it at present, which I think is a real shame.
Now You See Me is currently priced at 99p for the Kindle version, and if solid, twisty crime fiction is your thing, you will very much enjoy it.
Do check out Lacey Flint – if you wanted to buy the whole series of novels today (at time of writing) from Amazon, it would set you back less than £6. It’s an absolute steal for such brilliant, and re-readable books…
To find out more about Sharon Bolton, you can check out her website.