Lying Dead (Marjory Fleming Series #3)

Lying Dead (Marjory Fleming Series #3)

by Aline Templeton


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On a beautiful, eerily quiet May morning, a girl is found brutally bludgeoned to death. When Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming arrives, the silence of the scene is broken only by the ringing of the girl’s cell phone. The nearby community of Drumbreck is small and close-knit, but the veneer of contented prosperity conceals nasty secrets and daily betrayals. When another corpse is discovered, DI Fleming quickly realizes she must watch her own back while she searches for the link between the murders. As she uncovers layer upon layer of intrigue and deceit, it becomes apparent that while the dead can’t tell lies, the living most certainly can.

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ISBN-13: 9780340922279
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Series: Marjory Fleming Series , #3
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 2.80(d)

About 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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Lying Dead 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
An interweaving web of possible suspects left me stumped as to who committed the crimes which I found maddening but much more entertaining then figuring out who did it by the fourth chapter! Favorite character was DC Kerr, just something about her standing out and being different then the others endeared her to me. The only thing I felt out of my element about was the dialogue about the dog trials, those few pages to me were particularly hard to get through because of this but since the story occurs in Scotland the dog trials have a place there but it didn't make it any less confusing to this American. On the whole, I really enjoyed this one! {A solid reading experience. Enjoyable, well-written and satisfying. Marked by three or four issues,  all-in-all not too shabby.  Most books rank on this level for me. I'm just a middle of the  road type person.}
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another excellent book, in an excellent series. I want to meet these people, well at least some of them, and visit their district.
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Line: The wind had dropped with the sunrise.When "Big Marge"-- Detective Inspector Marjorie Fleming-- of the Galloway Constabulary Headquarters in Kirkluce walks onto the scene, the only sound to be heard is the ringing of the murdered girl's cell phone. When confirming the victim's identity proves to be trickier than expected, and when another body turns up, DI Fleming knows that the task of finding the murderer in the well-heeled village of Drumbeck is going to take plenty of patience and diplomacy.I've been a fan of Aline Templeton's Marjory Fleming series from book one. I feel as though I'm getting to know an area of Scotland that I keep bypassing on the way to Glasgow (and on to the Highlands). Wigtown, the horrors of foot and mouth, sheep herding trials... Templeton describes the area with knowledge and affection.But there's more to the series than its setting. Big Marge and her detectives are multi-faceted and don't always do what you expect of them. We also get to see how they are when they're at home, which I always think leads to characters that are well "fleshed out".This time around, Marjory is saddled with a detective who's on the fast track to promotion. As a result, he's much more interested in finding a suspect that fits his pet theories than he is in finding the actual murderer. Nothing like a detective making a difficult investigation even tougher! Add to that the fact that Marjory and her detectives are teasing one thread at a time loose from a tapestry of money and privilege in a small village that's been turned into weekend homes for the wealthy, and it's easy to see that this case is a nightmare.Templeton always has an excellent plot and setting populated with some of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Lying Dead is no exception. If you haven't made the acquaintance of "Big Marge", I sincerely hope you do.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
LYING DEAD is a carefully layered book, with the murder mystery at the centre, against a background of minor issues such as sheep dog trials, romantic affairs, financial problems and family management. What the author successfully demonstrates is that police investigations don't happen in a vacuum. Even individual members of the investigating team aren't necessarily singing from the same hymn sheet.Marjory Fleming's team has someone leaking scoops to the press, as well as detectives who want to be first to the post even at Big Marge's expense, undermining her authority. Marjory's policing takes place in a small community where she often has personal contact with both victims and perpetrators and has to know when to step back from direct involvement in an investigation or interview.Marjory's father, once a police officer of considerable standing, is succumbing to dementia and this and other family issues are calling for her attention, but for Marjory the job has to come first. The murder case takes Marjory away for a night in Manchester, and to meet her equivalent down south. Marjory and Manchester's DCI Chris Carter find an unexpected rapport and there is an interesting contrast in what policing is like in Galloway and Manchester.What I like about this series is the way Marge works through problems to find solutions. She doesn't always make the best choices, but she is always honest and true to form. The supporting cast of characters are well drawn.I have now read 4 out of 6 in this series and looking forward to catching up with the other 2.
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People and think this makes a good read when the first chapter is a body other killing or the last minutes of the victim that is where i stop reading.