A Dark and Twisted Tide - Sharon BoltonLike all the very best trilogies, the Lacey Flint Trilogy is now up to part four, with A Dark and Twisted Tide by Sharon (formerly SJ) Bolton.

Former detective Lacey Flint left CID for a safer, quieter life with the river police – or that’s what she thought. She moves into a houseboat on a quiet Thames backwater and indulges her passion for wild swimming. She’s also trying to get over the man she loves, undercover detective Mark Joesbury, now missing in action.

One fateful day, she finds a body, wrapped in a shroud and floating in the river near her home. Who was the woman? Could it be that her killer specifically wanted Lacey to find the body? Danger is close by and someone is watching Lacey: someone who knows exactly what makes her tick.

The book is out on May 8th and readers who’ve read preview copies are raving about it. It’s clear that Sharon Bolton has earned a devoted following for her fantastic plotting, great characters and abundance of red herrings that make her work completely unpredictable. The critics love her too, with shortlist honours for the CWA Gold Dagger, the Theakston’s Old Peculier prize for crime novel of the year, the International Thriller Writers’ Best First Novel award and (four years running) the Mary Higgins Clark award for best thriller, which she eventually won with Awakening.

A Dark and Twisted Tide is Sharon’s seventh full-length novel: previous titles include Sacrifice, Blood Harvest and If Snow Hadn’t Fallen, a short story billed as Lacey Flint #1.5. If you want the full Flint saga, it opens with the Jack the Ripper chiller Now You See Me, followed by Dead Scared and Like This, For Ever.

Lacey Flint inhabits a London that its tourist board doesn’t want you to see –  but we all want to read.