Lamb to the Slaughter (Marjory Fleming Series #4)

Lamb to the Slaughter (Marjory Fleming Series #4)

by Aline Templeton

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Overview

A sunny evening, a tranquil garden—and an old man brutally gunned down on his doorstep.

In a pretty and tranquil town, 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, terrorizing a woman to the breaking point, are impossible to control.

When a second victim is killed in what seems like a random shooting, the fear in the town becomes palpable. Detective Fleming will not accept that the crimes are motiveless, but she struggles to make sense of the two murders when nothing makes sense anymore and no one will believe anything. Not even the truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062301772
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Series: Marjory Fleming Series , #4
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 85,566
File size: 672 KB

About the Author

Aline Templeton grew up in the fishing village of Anstruther, in the East Neuk of Fife. She has worked in education and broadcasting and was a Justice of the Peace for ten years. Married, with two grown-up children and three grandchildren, she now lives in a house with a view of Edinburgh Castle. When not writing, she enjoys cooking, choral singing, and traveling the back roads of France.

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Lamb to the Slaughter 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual the author presents a complex and satisfing tale, well worth the readers time
robbielea More than 1 year ago
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!
ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kind of story . I really liked it. Good plot with great characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago