Bad Blood

Bad Blood Aline TempletonMarnie Bruce has hyperthymesia: she can remember everything she has ever seen.  Everything except one fateful night when she was eleven; she woke up in an isolated cottage with a head injury and her mother gone..                                             Twenty years later Marnie heads back to Scotland seeking answers to what happened but in the small town in Galloway, her mother’s disappearance still burns in the air and Marnie’s return looks set to tear open old wounds for many of the locals.     For DI Marjory Fleming the disappearance of Karen Bruce is a case she would rather not reopen but the ripple effect of Marnie’s return makes it clear this is one mystery that must be solved.  As Fleming unravels the secrets of the  past, she realises that Marnie’s life is inextricably, terribly linked to a monstrous crime decades ago.                                                                                                                   Can Fleming fit the puzzle together before it is too late?  And will the truth be one Marnie wants to remember?

Evil for Evil

In a sea-cave on Lovatt Island, just off the west coast of Scotland, a skeleton is found shackled to the rocks. Although the apparent victim of a crime of unparalleled brutality, the skeleton seems to belong firmly in the past. Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming, called in to investigate, anticipates a straightforward case unhampered by the pressures of time. But when a modern watch is discovered on the skeleton’s wrist, Fleming realises the crime may be far closer to home than she initially assumed. Meanwhile, in the nearby village of Innellan, mysterious events begin to occur. Matt Lovatt, eponymous owner of the island, is at the centre of a series of escalating crimes – could someone be targeting him? The villagers, members of a small and introverted community, are little help – many seem damaged by their own enigmatic pasts, and all are reluctant to speak out. Fleming, sensing a pattern she cannot clearly make out, becomes increasingly desperate to prevent more violence. Are the skeleton and the current spate of crimes connected? If so, what evil act could have motivated such a deadly, merciless design?

Templeton doesn’t just write a crime thriller – she creates a society with such detail and finesse that you feel you’re among them.                       Daily Record

 I just love these books.  The characters are brilliant, eminently believable and sympathetic and Templeton has a fine ear for dialogue that always rings true.                                                                                                    Crime Squad

I cannot say enough how much I enjoyed this book.                                 Good Reads


 

 

Cold in the Earth

The first novel in the DI Marjory Fleming series

As the devastating foot-and-mouth virus kills cattle and destroys lives, DI Marjory Fleming finds herself brought into conflict with the farming community which has been her world.

Pyres are built, infected animals are burned and buried in pits.  But the stench of death develops a horrifying edge when human remains are dug up near   the Galloway market town of Kirkluce.

A woman called Laura Harvey resolves to unearth the dark secrets of her past.  Determined to discover the truth behind her older sister’s disappearance fifteen years before, her journey brings her to Galloway, to a world of fear, suspicion and menace.

A dead body, a missing girl, and a mysterious family’s dangerous obsession with bull running provide a sinister background to DI Fleming’s first case.

Cold in the Earth was an Ottakar’s Crime Novel of the Month

Cold in the Earth was fourth in the Independent’s ten best mysteries of the summer (2005) and the paperback was Ottakar’s Crime Novel of the Month (January 2006)  It was a Scottish bestseller.

Hodder & Stroughton – 2005, ISBN 978-0-340-83855-6
Large print: Ulverscroft,   ISBN  978-1-84617-124-5
CD and cassette: Oakhill, ISBN  978-1-84648-100-7

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[Marjory Fleming] Is a great creation.

The Bookseller

 

An unalloyed pleasure – an intelligent, character-driven crime novel.’

Andrew Taylor, The American Boy.

 

Aline Templeton has demonstrated that, just when we thought Scotland was saturated with detectives, a strong woman can elbow her way in and find a unique niche.

The Scotsman

 

A good, well-crafted British mystery.

The Independent

 

This is a book for a long train journey or a wet weekend with no other demands, the better to immerse oneself in the strongly-delineated characters, complex plotting and rich allegory: a really satisfactory read.

Mystery Women

 

Please write some more, Mrs Templeton!

Ottakar’s review.

The Darkness and the Deep

The second novel in the DI Marjory Fleming series

The wreck of the Knockhaven lifeboat with the loss of all three of its crew is a hard blow for the small Scottish town.  But it’s harder still when DS Tam MacNee discovers that it isn’t simply a tragic accident.

Was it the act of vandals, bored in a fishing port stricken with unemployment?  Could it be linked to the drugs trade which has taken root in the locality?  Or is there someone who, in their determination to kill one person, is callous enough to take two innocent lives?  And if so, who is the intended victim?

As DI Marjory Fleming and her team investigate multiple murders, with a whole community hungry for justice, the pressure – professional and personal – is on.

The Darkness and the Deep was a Guardian bestseller.

Hodder & Stroughton – 2006, ISBN 978-0-340-83857-0
Large print: Ulverscroft, ISBN 978-1-84617-734-7
CD and cassette: Magna, ISBN 978-1-84692-208-6

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Loved it. She has become the crime czar of the Scottish small town!

Val McDermid.

 

An interesting, atmospheric and, I predict, televisual series.

Jessica Mann, Literary Review

 

The Darkness and the Deep must surely be her best book to date.  Her characters are so beautifully drawn that turning the final page is like bidding old friends farewell.

Julia Wallis Martin

 

Templeton moves easily between laughter and tragedy, effortlessly proving that accounts of man’s inhumanity to man are most effective when dished up with lashings of humanity. 

Joanna Hines, The Guardian

 

Absorbing hat-trick of intrigue, originality and skill.

Yorkshire Post

 

Templeton writes gripping but intelligent thrillers…  Amid the plethora of crime fiction, there is nothing quite like her, and she could well prove to be the most enduring of the new breed of Scottish thriller writers.

Am Bratach

Lying Dead

The third novel in the DI Marjory Fleming series

On an eerily quiet May morning in a remote corner of Scotland, a woman is found bludgeoned to death, the silence of the scene broken only by the ringing of her mobile phone.
DI Fleming thrives on the adrenalin that comes with heading a major crime investigation.  With the discovery of not one, but two murders on her patch, she’s about to feel the pressure as never before.

The community of Drumbreck – a tranquil weekend playground for rich Glaswegians – is small and close-knit, but the veneer of contented prosperity conceals nasty secrets and daily betrayals.  In an atmosphere of distrust, DI Fleming must watch her own back as she searches for a link between these two most terrible of crimes.  Uncovering layer upon layer of intrigue and deceit, Fleming can only ask herself whether, in this society of liars, you can even trust the dead.

Lying Dead has appeared at no 3 in the Scottish bestsellers list

Hodder & Stroughton – 2007, ISBN 978-0-340-92227-9
CD and Cassette: Magna, ISBN 978-1-84652-242-0

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Second of  three tipped  cracking reads …. A first-class police procedural

Susie’s picks, Publishers’  Weekly, Quarterly Highlights

 

This is seriously good crime writing.

Publishing News

 

A welcome addition to the canon of Scottish crime fiction .. packed with red herrings and believable characters.

Press and Journal

 

Underscores Templeton’s challenge to Ian Rankin in Scottish thriller writing.

Peterborough Evening News

 

I loved every minute of Lying Dead and to top it off the answer to the whodunit is staggeringly well-concealed and yet obvious in retrospect, and one I certainly didn’t guess.

Karen Meek, Eurocrime

Lamb to the Slaughter

The fourth novel in the DI Marjory Fleming series

A sunny evening, a tranquil garden – and an old man brutally gunned down on his doorstep.

In the pretty and peaceful market town of Kirkluce a proposed superstore development has divided the population in an increasingly bitter war.  The low-level aggression of bored youth that is generally tolerated has become sinister. The bloodied corpse of a sheep abandoned in the streets is more than just unpleasant vandalism and teenage bikers, terrorising a woman to breaking point, are impossible to control.

When a second victim is killed in what seems a random shooting, the fear in the town becomes tangible.  DI Fleming will not accept that the crimes are motiveless, but she struggles to make sense of the two murders, when nothing makes sense any more and no on will believe anything.  Not even the truth.

Hodder & Stroughton – 2008, ISBN 978-0-340-92229-3
CD and cassette:  Magna – ISBN 978-1-84652-714-2

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A fascinating, humane and credible series… reading about them is a real pleasure.

Jessica Mann, Literary Review

 

The allegiances, rivalries and petty jealousies of small town life are carefully but convincingly explored….a dramatic climax.

Scotland on Sunday

 

Reading Templeton has become something of an addition.

Publishing News

 

This is a cracking story

Bookbag

 

Once the pages start to turn there’s no stopping them

Peterborough Evening Telegraph

 

Rich in characterisation and evocative detail, if you’ve yet to discover the outstanding Marjory Fleming series, here’s a great place to start.

Daily Record

 

This easy-paced whodnit…is a breath of fresh air… Templeton’s uncomplicated writing style helps to achieve what many others fail to – it makes an intricate plot easy to follow.

Coventry Telegraph

Dead in the Water

The fifth novel in the DI Marjory Fleming series

A young girl’s body was found washed up on the dramatic rocks beneath the Mull of Galloway lighthouse, but afrter twenty years her death is still a mystery.  DI Marjory Fleming is called in to reopen the case her late father, a policeman, was unable to solve.

At the same time, local resentment at the influx of Polish workmen and the arrival of a TV company filming an episode of a detective series bring about the discovery of a web of strange connections and old secrets, and more killings. As Fleming digs deeper it becomes clear that her father had tried to conceal some of the shameful details around the young girls death.  And Fleming struggles to cope with what the truth reveals, not only about her father but about herself.

Hodder & Stoughton 2009    ISBN 978 0 340 976944
Large print:  Thorpe – ISBN 978-1-44480-432-4
CD and cassette:  Magna – available soon

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(With) a scalpel-sharp plot, made more supenseful by the complexity of the personal connections, Templeton’s latest installment takes the indomitable Fleming from strength to strength.

Daily Record

 

This is a cracking story

Bookbag

 

This is a very good book in a wonderful series and one I highly recommend

Good Reads

 

The book was paced well, the characters were believable and the ending inevitable, given what went before. I really enjoyed this book.

Euro Crime

 

All the characters are well-drawn and the tension is maintained throughout… With many surprises along the way, this is an excellent mystery and highly recommended.

Mystery Women

Cradle to Grave

The sixth novel in the DI Marjory Fleming series

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Accused of murdering the baby in her care, seemingly cold and measured nanny Lisa Stewart maintains her innocence.  But when she changes her name and tries to run away, the terrifying threats always find her.  Is she an innocent victim of public anger?  Or a calculating murderer on the run?   Can DI Fleming, dogged by her own past, uncover the truth?

Hodder & Stoughton hb 2010    ISBN 978 0340 976975

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A welcome return for Templeton’s tough but tender DI, Marjory ‘Big Marge’ Fleming… The vivid characterisation, excellent description and a horribly looming sense of inevitability make Cradle to Grave a riveting read.

Laura Wilson, Guardian

 

Templeton can always be relied on to provide a well-written, cleverly-plotted, old-fashioned whodunit.

Marcel Berlins, The Times

 

A satisfying story with a well-balanced combination of human and criminal problems.

Jessica Mann, Literary Review.

 

Aline Templeton has created a classic whodunit which could easily have been penned by the queen of crime herself, Agatha Christie….  This is an intelligent, character-driven novel, skilfully plotted and well-paced from its leisurely start to its moving and unexpected climax.

Peterborough Evening Telegraph.’