Cold in the Earth

Cold in the Earth

Paperback - 2006
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The first book in the critically acclaimed DI Marjory Fleming series.

'Templeton creates a tight, convincing band of characters and has the ability to spin her story beyond immediate events to paint a picture of a small rural community in crisis...She 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.' Scotsman

'Aline Templeton anatomises a rural community, provides a contemporary gothic frisson and introduces a strong and sympathetic series character. The result is an unalloyed pleasure - an intelligent, character-driven crime novel.' Andrew Taylor

Marjory Fleming is a sheepfarmer's wife, mother of two, and a police detective inspector in Galloway. Her home and family are her refuge from the violence of her job.

Laura is a psychologist. Wracked with guilt after the death of her mother and the end of her marriage, she determines to find out what happened to her older half-sister who left home 15 years ago. Laura's search takes her to rural Galloway, where her sister stayed with an extraordinary family who are top bull breeders.

It is 2001, and with foot and mouth having just broken out, Dumfries and Galloway is one of the first places hit. The bulls are killed, and a body discovered when their field is ploughed up to bury the carcasses. And DI Fleming - 'Big Marge' to her men - can't go home, where her husband is having to destroy his own animals, because of the murder investigation . . .
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2006, c2005
ISBN: 9780340838556
Branch Call Number: MYS TEM
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 18 cm


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Nov 21, 2015

An enjoyable read as one tries to solve the murder of the dead girl whose mumified body is found buried in a farmer's yard when it is to be used as a burial pit for the farmer's dead animals infected with foot and mouth disease. This time DI Margery Fleming finds helpful a psychologist who herself, like her sister, almost becomes a fatality at the hands of the disgruntled main character. Good red herrings as all family members and farm hands come under suspicion. Author also shows how farmers too suffer from the slaughter of their herds done at the will of the government.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 17, 2014

The difficulties of combining her work as detective, farmer’s wife and teenager’s mother in a small community in Galloway are acerbated when D.I. Marjorie Fleming is delegated to police the slaughter of animals during the foot-and-mouth outbreak of 2001. Unable to comfort her husband who is quarantined on their infected farm, “Big Marge” struggles with the evil unleashed when human remains are revealed in one of the burial pits dug for the cattle.

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