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