Lamb to the Slaughter (Marjory Fleming Series #4)

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In the pretty and tranquil market town of Kirkluce, the proposed development of a chain superstore has divided the population in an increasingly bitter feud. 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 have begun terrorizing a woman to breaking. When an old man is brutally gunned down on his doorstep and a second victim is killed in what seems a random ...

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Overview

In the pretty and tranquil market town of Kirkluce, the proposed development of a chain superstore has divided the population in an increasingly bitter feud. 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 have begun terrorizing a woman to breaking. When an old man is brutally gunned down on his doorstep and a second victim is killed in what seems a random shooting, the fear in the town becomes tangible. Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming will not accept that the crimes are motiveless, but she struggles to make sense of the two murders. How are they connected, and will she find the perpetrators before more violence erupts?

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Editorial Reviews

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"Val McDermid and John Harvey fans will snap this one up."  —Library Journal

"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

"In fictional terms the combination of domesticity and detection is very appealing, especially when it comes with a detailed, vivid portrayal of a complete society . . . an interesting, atmospheric and—I predict—televisual series."  —Literary Review

"Not for Templeton, gruesome bodies strewn across the landscape left and right, here the emphasis is on character, motive and situation, building into an impressive whole. I’m sure it won’t be long before I have to write 'the best-selling Aline Templeton.' This is seriously good crime writing."  —Publishing News

Library Journal
The possibility of a giant grocery store being built in Kirkluce, Scotland, has pitted factions of the populace against each other in Templeton's fourth series entry (after Lying Dead). When a sheep and then a man are killed, DI Marjory Fleming's team must sort out motive from rumor. Recommend to readers of Val McDermid and John Harvey.
Publishers Weekly

The fourth in Templeton's series to feature Scottish Det. Insp. Marjory Fleming (Cold in the Earth, etc.) finds Fleming's quiet community of Kirkluce divided by a plan to open a superstore that threatens local trade. Soon after Col. Andrew Carmichael, the owner of property essential to the developer's proposal, receives a fatal shotgun blast to the chest, someone shoots young rowdy Barney Kyle in the back as he's riding his bike. While the motive for killing Kyle appears different, Fleming and her team find some suggestive links between the two victims. Templeton does a nice job of conveying the details of smalltown life, though her characters and their motivations are less well developed than those of such better-known writers as Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters. Toward the end, the author throws in enough twists to distinguish this from many similar contemporary British police procedurals. (Mar.)

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Literary Review
In fictional terms the combination of domesticity and detection is very appealing, especially when it comes with a detailed, vivid portrayal of a complete society . . . an interesting, atmospheric and-I predict-televisual series.
Scotsman
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.
Publishing News
Not for Templeton, gruesome bodies strewn across the landscape left and right, here the emphasis is on character, motive and situation, building into an impressive whole. . . . This is seriously good crime writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340922293
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: Marjory Fleming Series, #4
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Aline Templeton is the author of the DI Marjory Fleming series as well as several other mystery novels, including Night and Silence and Shades of Death.

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    What do a dead sheep, the murder of a prominent elderly citizen

    What do a dead sheep, the murder of a prominent elderly citizen and the killing of a troubled bully have in common? These three brutal acts form the basis of Aline Templeton’s fourth DI Marjory Fleming book, Lamb to the Slaughter. The peaceful town of Kirkluce is divided over the proposed location of a superstore in the area. Although there will be economic benefits to the community, there will also be negative repercussions for local artists as well as the farmers in the area. Andrew Carmichael’s decision to sell or not to sell the property for the store will make or break the deal. Andrew is found murdered on the evening of a town meeting about the project. Rumors fly when a second killing follows close on the heels of Andrew’s murder and the citizens of Kirkluce are alarmed at the police’s inability to discover a perpetrator or a motive. As DI Fleming gathers her team, she must proceed without the benefit of her trusted colleague Tam McNee who is on sick leave. The rest of the team is warned that discussing the cases with Tam is strictly off-limits and this particular dictum leads to some rather humorous and devious actions as Tam does everything he can to worm his way into an investigation that will take readers down a convoluted path. There seem to be obvious suspects in the two murders —a nephew who stands to inherit from Andrew Carmichael and a frightened old lady who is being terrorized by the bully Barney Kyle… but who killed the hapless sheep and is there a common thread between the three acts? It’s while studying one of her famous mind-maps that DI Fleming hits on the solution. Marjory Fleming is the antithesis of the glamorous policewomen portrayed in many fictional accounts. She’s a lot like the rest of us trying to create a balance of family, friends, and career. Her balancing act threatens to collapse as she deals with a daughter who is filled with teenage angst, parents who are growing older and more dependent and the weight of public pressure to solve the cases within a cumbersome legal system. In addition to all that, a myriad of aggravating personnel problems blur her ability to focus on the cases. Readers who have read other DI Fleming books will not be disappointed in this one. As in each book of the series, Aline Templeton’s characters are well-developed, her suspects, numerous, and her plot, complex. And the ending is so deliciously clever it could only come from the mind of Tam McNee!

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

    The ending on this one was superb! I previously reviewed #3, Lyi

    The ending on this one was superb! I previously reviewed #3, Lying Dead, in this series andI must say #4, Lamb to the Slaughter,
    brought me around to this series. I have marked all of the books in this series as "To Read" on my Goodreads.

    Book #4 was just right, the characters felt like old friends and the plot was as twisty turvy as book #3. You could
    read the books as stand alones because the author does give a bit of background at the beginning of each of the books, that I 
    have read, but it is not stale background it flows into what is going on in the story well.

    My favorite character in this book would definitely have to be Tam MacNee, a man's man, but a big teddy bear on the inside. 

    The dead lamb was my least favorite character because you hear about it throughout the book but you don't get it till the end of the book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    Fine detailed story

    As usual the author presents a complex and satisfing tale, well worth the readers time

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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