The Darkness and the Deep (Marjory Fleming Series #2)

The Darkness and the Deep (Marjory Fleming Series #2)

by Aline Templeton
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The Darkness and the Deep (Marjory Fleming Series #2) by Aline Templeton

The loss of a lifeboat along with all three of its crews is a hard blow for the small town of Knockhaven. But it’s harder still when police discover that the wreck may not have been a simple accident. Was it the act of bored vandals in a fishing port stricken with unemployment? Was there a link to the drug trade which has taken root in the locality? Or is there someone who, in their determination to kill one person, was callous enough to take two innocent lives? As Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming and her team investigate the murders with a whole community hungry for justice, the pressure—professional and personal—is on.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780340838570
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 11/01/2008
Series: Marjory Fleming Series , #2
Edition description: New
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.10(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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The Darkness and the Deep 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every one of the books by this author has been well writen with tight plotting believable people andenough twists and turns to hold the readers interest
robbielea More than 1 year ago
As Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet Sir Walter Scott wrote "Oh what a tangled web we weave"... In the second novel of her DI Marjory Fleming series, Author Aline Templeton has woven a very tangled web indeed.  The quiet fishing village of Knockhaven is teeming with secrets — adultery, drug trafficking, underage sex, shady business practices, revenge, and murder...or was it an accident?  It's up to DI Fleming to find the truth, and if it was murder....who is the victim?  The Darkness and the Deep — just as the name implies — is a dark tale set in a rural area of Scotland where the primary livelihoods — fishing and farming — have suffered major economic blows.  As a result, sadly, the drug trade is flourishing at the hands of men who would have formerly earned their living honestly.As the wife of a farmer, Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming has been affected both personally and professionally by these difficult times.  She is struggling to recover from the damage to her marriage to a farmer as well as the damage to her standing in the community, damage resulting from her being the officer in charge of enforcing a government policy which seems unnecessarily destructive to rural life. Just when it appears Marjory may regain her position of respect in the community, a series of tragic "accidents" strikes Knockhaven.  When DI Fleming and her team fail to quickly determine the perpetrator, a motive, or even more basic, the actual victim, she is once again placed in a negative spotlight.DI Fleming is an unlikely heroine. Juggling the roles of wife, mother and public servant, she must deal with a husband still reeling from the devastating blow to his livelihood as a farmer, a daughter who has been ostracized by her teenage friends and shows every sign of developing an eating disorder while supervising the varied abilities and personalities of her subordinates who've had their tight knit group invaded by a talented and ambitious outsider more interested in competition than team work.The author has created a very strong character in DI Fleming. Although she relies heavily on "gut feeling",  the intangible that isn't covered in handbooks, and is not above consulting a psychologist friend for guidance and insight into the personality of a killer, Marjory Fleming's primary goal is justice.Readers will find the plot of The Darkness and the Deep complex but easy to follow.  In the initial phase of the investigation a number of likely perpetrators come to light and there are some very entertaining interviews between these characters and DI Fleming's investigators since not only do the police suspect them all, but they all suspect each other! The bottom line to which they all return at some point is "who was the actual victim"?  The words of a dying man will offer a clue eventually leading the investigators to the answer and to the killer.  Mystery fans will love the convoluted nature of this story and I suspect most, if not all, will be kept guessing (as we love to be!) to the very end.  Just when you think you have it all figured out.... :-D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's sometimes difficult for readers such as myself to truly appreciate that the Queen's English comes in so many different flavors. Here in the USA the vernacular is varied as well, though not as complex as in Scotland. But it surely sets the tone and atmosphere quite nicely when the vernacular is true to the locale of the story. And this writer utilizes it masterfully. Kitt
Aelius More than 1 year ago
SET in the southwest of Scotland, The Darkness and the Deep centers on the wreck of a lifeboat and the death of three of its crew. When D.I. Fleming and her team discover the wreck was orchestrated,not merely a tragic accident, they have to delve through loads of possible connections, multiple people with possible motives, and even more dead ends. Templeton does a laudable job creating the setting and developing both major and minor characters, as well as crafting a suspenseful, believable plot. Very engrossing and highly recommended for fans of tightly plotted police procedurals. I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very difficult to read....the " language barrier" keeps one guessing about the characters' actual meanings. A great deal of local expressions that mean little to me.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very intriguing , once the investigation got underway I couldn't stop reading