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Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton
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Cold in the Earth (2005)

by Aline Templeton

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My first book by this author, enjoyed it and will read more in this series. Reminds me of Ann Cleeves' similar series, also featuring a female detective (Vera Stanhope). Cold in the Earth, however, is set in Scotland rather than northern England. I found the characters very interesting as well as the plot. Very atmospheric and authentic feel to the book although some of the local Scottish words and phrases were quite foreign to me - not sure they were necessary to convey real authenticity. The local people were struck with a deadly foot-and-mouth outbreak which wasn't really essential to the plot but certainly contributed to the gloomy atmosphere. The story revolved around the death of a young woman and a local dysfunctional family that was obsessed with bulls - raising them and bull fighting in Spain. The author inserted a theory about one or more of the male family members falling into some sort of psychotic state where they actually thought they were bulls. This was interesting but I'm not sure it was necessary for the overall suspense in the book. Sometimes the first novel in a series is not as streamlined as it could be. I found this also with the first in the Vera Stanhope series. ( )
  MitchMcCrimmon | Apr 27, 2018 |
This is the first of six DI Fleming thrillers to be issued as e-books by Witness/Impulse Imprint of HarperCollins.

In the prologue we read about a woman awakening because she's cold. She realizes her pajamas are torn and she is bloody. Not only that, she's outside in a maze. She has been sleepwalking. Then she sees a figure running toward her. It looks like a man with horns, one of which stabs her in the heart.

The story is set in Scotland during an epidemic of foot and mouth disease among animals there and the resultant mass killing of suspect herds. You feel so badly for the farmers who are losing everything they've worked for. Many fall into depression or try in vain to prevent the authorities from entering their land. Detective Inspector Majory Fleming's beloved chickens and sheep are in danger from the disease.

Then we meet Laura Harvey, a London psychotherapist whose mother has just died. Laura is divorced, her sister had disappeared years ago, and suddenly she is homesick, not so much for her mom's home but for family and the countryside. She had written a letter to her sister, an open letter that is published in a London newspaper. She gets a response from someone who knew her sister.

There is another mysterious woman, unnamed, who owns a dress shop in London. Now what do you suppose she has to do with the story?

Laura ends up going to the Kirkluce area to research an assigned story for the newspaper about the human effects of the epidemic among their animals, and because she has learned her sister had been there for a time before she disappeared.

We meet a family of some of the strangest people you can imagine. And you thought your weird Uncle Frank was something! All of these characters of course have a part in the mystery. The plotline is excellent, even though for a change I figured out whodunnit and the weapon involved way before the end. It was how DI Fleming and her department discovered it that was interesting,

You'll love the characters in this book, especially Fleming and her husband. It's nice to see a crime solver with a happy marriage. The characters and their relationships as well as the scenery are what really make this novel.

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  bjmitch | Jan 17, 2014 |
This story takes place in a small town in Scotland. One of six books in the series of Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming. Along with being an Inspector, Marjory and her husband live and work a farm are among the farmers involved in the foot and mouth disease that is going around all the farms. This puts DI Fleming in a precarious position as she knows that if the animals have to be put down, it will devastate her husband.
In a different but equally important story is one of a woman, Laura, who decides to travel to Galloway to find out what happened to her sister. While there she becomes involved with two men who know what happened but are not talking. On her journey to find out the truth, her life is in danger. A body is found in a field that had been buried for some time and it is her sister so now it is a race to find out who killed her and why.
This is the first book that I have read in this series and it won't be the last. I loved the fast paced, at times creepy, story-line, written by an author who knows her stuff. Two women who want to see justice done and will do whatever it takes to achieve this. I always enjoy a good mystery and this one was no exception. I highly recommend this book!! ( )
  celticlady53 | Jan 15, 2014 |
Rural mystery with interesting female inspector/sheep farmer. Great characters, interesting setting.
  nancyryan | Aug 23, 2011 |
#1 in Templeton's Marjorie Fleming series: COLD IN THE EARTH is set in Galloway, Scotland, and foot and mouth disease strikes the cattle. All livestock have to be destroyed, including the sheep Marge's husband Bill loves so much. When a burial pit is dug at Kirkluce human remains are found. The Mason family on whose property the remains are found are so committed to raising cattle that they go to Pamplona every year for the running of the bulls, and Jake, the head of the family is nicknamed the Minotaur. An interesting snapshot too of a community torn apart by first of all the BSE and now the foot-and-mouth crisis. Herds and flocks built up over generations have to be destroyed. This is D. I. Marjorie Fleming's first murder investigation too. She is a tall raw-boned Scotswoman who rules her investigation team with sensitivity and purpose. The characterisation and humanity in these books is excellent and I will certainly be looking for #3 in the series ( LYING DEAD). #2 is THE DARKNESS AND THE DEEP and that is also a good read. ( )
  smik | Jun 3, 2007 |
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Atmospheric and suspenseful classic crime introducing a strong new protagonist to delight readers of Colin Dexter and Peter Robinson. Death is in the air. Death is on the ground. Death is everywhere for the people of Galloway. As a catastrophic virus devastates the Scottish countryside, killing cattle and destroying lives, Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming finds herself at the stormy heart of a troubled, trapped community. Pyres are built, infected animals are burnt, and farmland is dug up as burial ground. But the all-pervasive stench of death develops a horrifying, unfamiliar edge when human remains are dug up near the small market town of Kirkluce. Thousands of miles away in New York City, a woman called Laura resolves to unearth the dark secrets of her past. Determined to discover the truth behind her older sister's disappearance fifteen years ago, her journey takes her back to Galloway, to a world of suspicion, fear and menace. A dead body, a missing girl, and a mysterious family's dangerous obsession with bull running provide a sinister backdrop to DI Fleming's first murder investigation.And as the cold shadow of death looms ever larger over this quiet corner of rural Britain, one thing becomes clear: it won't be her last… (more)

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