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If Snow Hadn't Fallen

(Lacey Flint #1.5)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,010 ratings  ·  164 reviews
They say that snow covers everything that is mean and sordid and ugly in the world...but beneath the carpet of white, the ugliness remains.

11 November 2012, London. Long-smouldering feelings come to a head in a burst of shocking violence. A young Muslim man is brutally murdered by a masked gang.

There is just one witness to the horrific crime: DC Lacey Flint. Or at least
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Published April 2nd 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published December 20th 2012)
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Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If Snow Hadn't Fallen......I would never have come upon this little treasure of a novella by S.J. Bolton.

The weather unpacks its giant suitcase filled with layer upon layer of freshly fallen snowflakes. No two alike. Much like no two crimes are alike. No two detectives are actually alike for that matter as well. Especially if one bears the name Lacey Flint.

Lacey is just shutting off the ignition in her car when she spots a horrid scene in the park nearby. This is no ordinary mugging of a lone in
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: british, novella
If Snow Hadn’t Fallen is an 89 page novella, falling in at #1.5, just after #1 Now You See Me, in the wonderful DC Lacey Flint thriller series. My my, Ms. Bolton packs a clever little story into these 89 pages.

The plot revolves around the murder by fire of a young Muslim physician. Lacey is being Lacey in this novella. By that I mean she works around her superiors to get the case cracked. So it’s more of a police nonprocedural, which is fine with me. Though I often wonder how Lacey continues t

They say that snow covers everything that is mean and sordid and ugly in the world...but beneath the carpet of white, the ugliness remains.

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On a cold November night Lacey Flint answers the call-

Any cars in the vicinity of Larkhill Park Kennington- Disturbance in progress. Urgent assistance requested. Proceed with extreme caution.

At first what she witnesses doesn't seem real. A shadowy silhouette disappearing in the distance, and five dark figures in creepy masks- an alien, zombie, wo
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a big fan of novellas, but was pleasantly surprised that this was a fully realized mystery. Using the same set-up as in the opening book of this series, Detective Constable Lacey Flint comes across a crime in process: this time near her home, where a man is set afire in the local park. A racism angle seems quite likely, but no substantive evidence can be found to incriminate the suspected perpetrators and it doesn't feel right to Lacey. As always, she gets very involved in the investigat ...more
“If Snow Hadn’t Fallen” (Lacey Flint # 1.5) by S.J. Bolton is a novella that takes place shortly after the ending of "Now you see me". I have to admit that I have not read her first novel yet, but now I am very intrigued. In a way I am glad I started with this novella, to set the scene for the full series.

I am not usually a short story reader, but lately I have been reading more of them. Usually an author is unable to develop and flush out the characters, within the short time restraints. Short
 Li'l Owl ~ Incorrigible Reader
Short but Scary all the same!

I checked my watch again. He was twenty-three minutes late, my drink was disappearing too quickly and at half past I was going home.
I couldn’t even remember what he looked like, I realized. Oh, I had a vague idea of height, build and colouring, and I remembered those turquoise eyes, but I couldn’t conjure up a picture of his face. Which was odd, really, given that he was never out of my head for a second.
‘Lacey Flint, as I live and breathe,’said a voice directly b
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“There are many ways in which fear can grab your heart and squeeze tight…” S.J. (Sharon) Bolton admirers who were seized by her first Lacey Flint novel, Now You See Me, will likely be captured again in her e-novella, If Snow Hadn’t Fallen.

Just weeks after the conclusion of the terrifying Jack the Ripper copycat case, Lacey Flint finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a horrifying murder. While off-duty, Lacey witnesses a cruel murder in a park near her home as a man is surrounded and burned al
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Number 1.5 in the Lacey Flint series.
This is a short story, some ninety pages long.
It might be short but it’s pulling no punches.
Lacey flint would have to be one of the more complex characters I have come across in a while. I am looking forward to finding out just what makes Lacey tick in the books to come.
Lacey is witness to a group of men burning someone alive.
It seems to be an act of mindless cruelty brought on by racial hatred.
In her quest to find the truth Lacey’s own life come under th
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of this series
I enjoyed this novella as it is part of one of my favourite series. I didn't enjoy it as much as her other options I've read, but this is likely attributed to the fact that it is a short story. I missed the detail that Bolton always jam packs us with in the culmination and end of her weaved stories.
Sean Peters
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great short story, and a great character Lacey Flint
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a short, fast read, like a quick visit with Lacey Flint. It was interesting, timely, and sad.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lacey Flint in a very realistic, believable short story. It's good!
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Short stories are a tricky business. Getting everything right, from the characters to a good storyline and a neat ending, in such a short amount of time is, I think, quite difficult. There were many occasions in the past couple of years when some of my favourite authors ventured outside their comfort zone and gave short fiction a try but, as much as it pains me to say this, they failed miserably. Their novels might be spot on but wh
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am not usually a short story reader. I tend to find them dissatisfying and annoying. However SJ Bolton has managed to prove me wrong with a great short story featuring Lacey. The story concerns a man who is torched to death, in a race hate crime witnessed by Lacey. However things are never what they seem. Lovely, well written, intriguing short story. It leaves you wanting more of Lacey Flint.
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am so excited about Sharon's new book coming out on UK kindle 8th May that I had to have a little taster in anticipation.

This is a short story with my fave character ever DC Lacey Flint.

Ok so she always manages to get herself in a pickle but at least she has the brains to get out of it again! It is her passion and commitment that gets her into such messes even though she pretends she doesn't care.

4 stars because I wanted more!!! The end came too soon...
Freda Malone
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was a good short story and it wrapped up nicely. No major cliffhangers. I was quite shocked to find out who the killers were. Once again, Lacey Flint saves the day.
Peter Verpoot
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
leuk en spannend!
Cameron Wiggins
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I recently had the pleasure of reading this little gem, If Snow Hadn’t Fallen, with one of my favorite detective sleuth friends and then discussing the book after each two chapters. Bolton has delivered another great Lacey Flint police procedural (?), or lack there of in this novella, #1.5 in the series. It can be read as a stand-alone, however.
As I state, Bolton, an English woman, writes police procedurals, well sort of, with the fabulous Lacey Flint series. And, Bolton is on top of her genre.
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery - thriller fans
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: Naomi
As soon as I finished Now You See Me, the first Lacey Flint book by S.J. Bolton, I knew I was hooked. I immediately went and purchased If Snow Hadn't Fallen, the short story that occurs between books 1 and 2. Although only about 92 pages long, this entry into the Lacey Flint series is perfect for those who are waiting for something to keep them riveted between books 1 and 2. in my case, that was because I had to wait for book 2 to come in at the library. Lacey Flint is one of the most fascinatin ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
Lacey Flint finds herself solving a hate crime which involved burning a victim to death, but it is not the solution I expected. 'If Snow hadn't Fallen' is a short novella where Flint sharpens (flint pun!) the appetite of the gang of prejudiced killers to try and murder her, too, after she inserts herself into the investigation. Along the way she restores a dim shine of hope to the victim's grieving friend mourning a decent human being killed for no good reason.
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Do not, I repeat DO NOT, read this novella (Lacey Flint #1.5) before you read the novel Now You See Me (Lacey Flint #1.0). It contains spoilers for the novel. Stop right now. Go get the novel and read it first.


I will wait.

Ok, now that you read these in the proper order, aren’t you glad you did? If Snow Hadn’t Fallen takes up right where Now You See Me left off. I enjoyed spending more time with Lacey and the crew and am looking forward to reading more in the series.

Just as Now You See Me
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Lacey Flint short story that any fan of the series should most certainly read. It is filled with Bolton’s trademarks, engaging you from beginning to end. It does not have quite as much flare as the books in the series, but as a short story it is a great quick read.

Fitting in as a one point five, if you will, this story takes place between ‘Now You See Me’ and ‘Dead Scared’. It follows Lacey as she is once again pulled into the grips of a crime which isn’t as straightforward as it may a
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars

After thoroughly enjoying "Now You See Me", Lacey's first appearance, I was keen to continue on with the series. So naturally, I wanted to read this short story. Lacey finds herself, once again, tangled in a gruesome murder case and inexplicably decides to take matters into her own hands. While I did enjoy it, I didn't feel there was enough of a story for me to experience that hook and I would have preferred to have seen more police work in solving the case instead of Lacey playing Nan
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
Dear reader,

This is a very short but gripping tale centred around the horrific murder of a twenty seven year old Muslim doctor.

The local community are convinced racism is at the heart of this brutal death.

However,when Lacey Flint investigates,the truth that she uncovers is just as shocking as the details of the murder itself.

I read this little snapshot in the course of one or two hours and I recommend it if you're in the mood for a brief encounter with a murder mystery that's solved very quic
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great little story. She doesn't write anything else.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erg goed voor een kort verhaal.
Book Addict Shaun
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, kindle
I'm not usually a fan of short stories. They are usually either a glorified advert for the author's work; too short to enjoy; end abruptly and with a rubbish ending or just not as good as an author's full sized work. Not the case here however, the story was completed on Kindle at 84% with the rest of the book a preview of Bolton's first (I think) Lacey Flint book. I loved the first book and thought it was probably one of the best written and characterised crime fiction stories I have ever read. ...more
May 31, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked this one, although it was again much more brutal than I care for (and about burning, no less), but I had a problem with the identity of the killers. It bothered me when I read the novella, but it bothers me more now that it seems to fit in with a pattern of thought on the part of the author that I find highly problematic. (view spoiler) ...more
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Review of If Snow Hadn’t Fallen by S. J. Bolton

From the very first of her books I was privileged to read, S. J. Bolton has been a must-read author, one of those writers whose books I will read no matter what, no matter when, no matter the subject matter. When she began her Lacey Flint series with “Now You See Me,” I was enraptured, and drawn to the character of DC Flint, a young woman in a job that frequently requires her to confront the ugly downside of London, an individual with unusual issues
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This may be a short story but it certainly packs a punch. Excellent story line with plenty of tension and twists along the way. There is reference to a previous case and back story involving Lacey Flint which I haven't read but this didn't spoilt the story for me.
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