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Lamb to the Slaughter [Format Kindle]

Aline Templeton

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Revue de presse

'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 (:)

'the type of book which stays with you long after you have closed the page. Highly recommended.' (Mystery Women)

Présentation de l'éditeur

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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 546 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 416 pages
  • Editeur : Hodder (19 mars 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002VHI8F4
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Templeton is always a pleasure 3 septembre 2008
Par L. J. Roberts - Publié sur
LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER (Pol. Proc-DI Marge Fleming-England-Cont) - VG
Templeton, Aline - 4th in series
Hodder & Stoughton, 2008, UK Hardcover - ISBN; 9780340922286

First Sentence: `No,' the woman said..

The small town of Kirkluce, England is in the midst of a debate on whether to allow the building of a superstore. There is a debate as to whether elderly Colonel Carmichael who owns the property currently containing a craft center and flats. Instead of showing up at a town meeting and announcing whether he would sell the property, the Colonel is found the next morning murdered by a shotgun blast.

An elderly woman is being terrorized by teens on motorcycles. She claims she fired over their heads, but one young man is dead from a shotgun blast. DI Marge Fleming and her team need to sort out the lies from the truth and find the killer or killers.

Being one who loves good characters, Ms. Templeton certainly fills that need. Marge, with her husband, children and the farm, make a refreshing contrast from the usual angst-ridden, relationship-challenged policeman. There are touching, normal human interludes to offset the investigation. But with a nickname of "Big Marge," she's no pushover either. Her canny sidekick, and friend, Tam McNee is here still quoting Robbie Burns.

Having the story set in a small, rural town, where the residents know each other, provides a different and interesting dynamic than a large city. Templeton's style is a formula of introducing all of the possible suspects prior to the crime, but it works. The story's plot is well done with a lot of possible villains but no one who really stands out.

Just when you think you know the villain, maybe you don't. This makes the revelation at the end all the more effective and has a greater impact. It is always a pleasure to read an Aline Templeton book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A police procedural that relies on character, motive and situation-- not blood and gore 8 mai 2012
Par Cathy G. Cole - Publié sur
First Line: "No," the woman said.

There is trouble brewing in Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming's small community of Kirkluce in southwestern Scotland. The town is fiercely divided over the plans of a superstore chain to open there. Half the citizens welcome the convenience and the possibility of more jobs; the other half knows that it would sound the death knell to most of the small shops on the High Street. Even farmers would be affected, since they would be forced to accept the much lower prices the new superstore would insist upon in exchange for their meat and produce.

If that's not enough, there's a group of teenaged boys who have too much time on their hands and not enough direction given them at home. They've taken to terrorizing an elderly lady on the outskirts of town, running amok on their motorcycles and doing damage.

When an old man who was opposed to the superstore is found gunned down on his doorstep and a second villager is the apparent victim of a random shooting, the press fans the flames of panic by announcing that there's a sniper on the rampage in Kirkluce, and the once bustling streets become deserted.

"Big Marge" has a lot on her plate trying to find the killer... or could it be two killers? Her right hand man is still out on sick leave, although the Robbie Burns-spouting Tam MacNee is doing his own investigating on the sly (and creating even more problems for his boss as a result). The most likely suspects seem to have iron clad alibis, while those who appear guilty simply cannot be. It's all down to good, solid, meticulous police work to get all the facts and put them together to find the truth.

For those of you who tend to steer clear of police procedurals or private detective stories because of blood and gore, there's no need to do that here. Aline Templeton depends upon character, motive and situation, not a proliferation of dismembered bodies, to weave a tale that will keep you up till the wee hours of the morning.

Her characterization is one of the main reasons why I enjoy her books so much. Her DI Marjory Fleming stands alongside Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope, Judith Cutler's Fran Harman, and Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway as my favorite British female crime fighters. Marjory is a force to be reckoned with on the job, but she has a husband who's a hardworking farmer, two teenaged children who can have her ripping out her hair, and elderly parents she wants to keep a loving eye on. Her constables and sergeants are also an interesting lot with their own foibles and intrigues. Watching all these characters work together is a delight.

Templeton does such a great job of misdirection that, by book's end, I couldn't believe that I hadn't seen the solution coming. But wait! Two of her most trusted investigators don't agree with Marjory's conclusions? Could Marjory be wrong? No, she can't be-- all the pieces have finally locked into the right pattern. Up until the very last sentence, the ending is an emotional rollercoaster-- and absolutely brilliant.

If you haven't read one of Aline Templeton's Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming books, you're, without doubt, missing some seriously good writing.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A good addition to a fine series 13 décembre 2009
Par kashew - Publié sur
This was the fourth mystery featuring DI "Big Marge" Fleming which I've read. Once you've discovered a new detective series, it is satisfying to see how their personal and professional lives develop ... in addition to seeing them solve another crime. Not only is the mystery aspect down to earth, the interplay between members of her detective crew is interesting. DI Fleming's strongly centered personal life and professionalism help her deal with solving crimes and with managing her team. While the crimes committed could have been committed anywhere, there is a Scottish flavor to the stories which I enjoy. Looking forward to the next in the series. For plot details, please refer to the other reviews.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another great installment in a very good series. 13 novembre 2014
Par BendRob - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I am fairly new to the series but am finding them to be quite addictive. This is first rate procedural writing with the huge benefit of truly well crafted characters. These are not just quick read diversions, as so many others in the mystery category are, but rather good reads to be savored. You can get yourself lost in both the Scottish countryside and complex recurring characters you wind up caring a good deal about.
A very happy accidental find for me. It's always nice to read a series in order, but you can start anywhere in this series and have a good read.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best one yet 11 juillet 2014
Par Cooperstown nana - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This was an absorbing read. I wasn't able to read non stop but would have if I could. Love the character development, being surprised at each twist of plot, and a plot that had me thinking about it when I wasn't reading.
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