A sunny evening, a tranquil garden and an old man brutally gunned down on his doorstep.
In the pretty and tranquil 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 carcass 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 one will believe anything. Not even the truth.
Loved it - Val McDermid on THE DARKNESS AND THE DEEP
An unalloyed pleasure - an intelligent, character-driven crime novel. - Andrew Taylor on COLD IN THE EARTH
Skilfully plotted and well-paced . . . This book is a delight, from its leisurely start to the moving and unexpected finish. - Guardian on THE DARKNESS AND THE DEEP
Interesting, atmospheric and - I predict - televisual - Literary Review on THE DARKNESS AND THE DEEP
[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. - Scotsman on COLD IN THE EARTH
It is always a pleasure to read Aline Templeton, but THE DARKNESS AND THE DEEP must surely be her best book to date. Alines characters are so beautifully drawn . . . - J Wallis Martin
A compelling read. - Margaret Yorke on COLD IN THE EARTH
Praise for Aline Templeton's Marjory Fleming series - :
Aline Templeton lives in Edinburgh with her husband, in a house with a balcony built by an astronomer to observe the stars over the beautiful city skyline. She has worked in education and broadcasting and has written numerous articles and stories for newspapers and magazines. Her books have been published in translation in several European countries as well as in the United States.