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 ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages, n/a
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 02/01/2006
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780340838556