Aline Templeton - Author

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 travelling the back roads of France. www.alinetempleton.co.uk

Featured books by Aline Templeton

Bad Blood

Bad Blood

Author: Aline Templeton Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/08/2014

Marnie Bruce has hyperthymesia; she can remember everything she has ever seen. Everything except from one fateful night when she was eleven; she woke up in an isolated cottage with a head injury and her mother gone. Twenty years later Marnie heads back to Scotland seeking answers to what happened, but in the small town of Galloway, her mother's disappearance still burns in the air and Marnie's return looks set to tear open old wounds for many of the locals. For DI Marjory Fleming the disappearance of Karen Bruce is a case she would prefer not to re-open but the ripple effect of Marnie's return makes it clear this is one mystery that must be solved. As Fleming unravels the secrets of the past, she realises Marnie's life is inextricably, terribly linked to a monstrous crime decades ago. Can Fleming fit the puzzle together before it's too late? And will the truth be one Marnie wants to remember?

Other books by Aline Templeton

Human Face

Human Face

Author: Aline Templeton Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/09/2018

Beatrice Lacey is passionate about Human Face, the charity for Third World children she helped to found, and its co-founder Adam Carnegie. She has learned to turn a blind eye to some strange goings on, however; parties for donors who don't seem the philanthropic type and a merry-go-round of `housekeepers'. It's best not to think about that. But when the latest housekeeper, Eva, suddenly disappears, the police and DI Kelso Strang are called in. Keen to move on from recent personal horrors, Strang revels in the responsibility the investigation affords, as a former sniper, he has no problems with making solitary decisions. But when he and the team make some fatal errors, Strang has his work cut out to avoid the case ending in disaster and death.

Human Face

Human Face

Author: Aline Templeton Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/01/2018

Beatrice Lacey is passionate about Human Face, the charity for Third World children she helped to found, and its co-founder Adam Carnegie. She has learned to turn a blind eye to some strange goings on, however; parties for donors who don't seem the philanthropic type and a merry-go-round of `housekeepers'. It's best not to think about that. But when the latest housekeeper, Eva, suddenly disappears, the police and DI Kelso Strang are called in. Keen to move on from recent personal horrors, Strang revels in the responsibility the investigation affords, as a former sniper, he has no problems with making solitary decisions. But when he and the team make some fatal errors, Strang has his work cut out to avoid the case ending in disaster and death.

The Third Sin

The Third Sin

Author: Aline Templeton Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/10/2015

Pleasure is the highest good: the group who called themselves the Cyrenaics embraced the hedonistic principle until the death of one of their members from an overdose. Sobered, the group went their separate ways. One headed for Canada, another disappeared and a third was believed to have committed suicide - at least until his body turns up two years later in the wreck of a car swept up on the Solway mud flats.The murky relationships among the Cyrenaics, revived when they start returning for a party celebrating Scotland's Year of Homecoming, bring more suffering and death. DI Marjory Fleming, called in to help the neighbouring division with the struggling murder enquiry, faces obstruction and hostility that begins to hinder her investigation of another murder on her own patch.With tensions both in her team and at home, Fleming starts to feel the odds are stacked against her. Can she piece the puzzle together before someone else dies? And in the greedy pursuit of pleasure, just how far might a Cyrenaic go?

The Third Sin

The Third Sin

Author: Aline Templeton Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2015

Pleasure is the highest good: the group who called themselves the Cyrenaics embraced the hedonistic principle until the death of one of their members from an overdose. Sobered, the group went their separate ways. One headed for Canada, another disappeared and a third was believed to have committed suicide - at least until his body turns up two years later in the wreck of a car swept up on the Solway mud flats.The murky relationships among the Cyrenaics, revived when they start returning for a party celebrating Scotland's Year of Homecoming, bring more suffering and death. DI Marjory Fleming, called in to help the neighbouring division with the struggling murder enquiry, faces obstruction and hostility that begins to hinder her investigation of another murder on her own patch.With tensions both in her team and at home, Fleming starts to feel the odds are stacked against her. Can she piece the puzzle together before someone else dies? And in the greedy pursuit of pleasure, just how far might a Cyrenaic go?

Bad Blood

Bad Blood

Author: Aline Templeton Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/08/2014

Marnie Bruce has hyperthymesia; she can remember everything she has ever seen. Everything except from one fateful night when she was eleven; she woke up in an isolated cottage with a head injury and her mother gone. Twenty years later Marnie heads back to Scotland seeking answers to what happened, but in the small town of Galloway, her mother's disappearance still burns in the air and Marnie's return looks set to tear open old wounds for many of the locals. For DI Marjory Fleming the disappearance of Karen Bruce is a case she would prefer not to re-open but the ripple effect of Marnie's return makes it clear this is one mystery that must be solved. As Fleming unravels the secrets of the past, she realises Marnie's life is inextricably, terribly linked to a monstrous crime decades ago. Can Fleming fit the puzzle together before it's too late? And will the truth be one Marnie wants to remember?

Dead in the Water

Dead in the Water

Author: Aline Templeton Format: eBook Release Date: 15/04/2014

This moody and arresting thriller is perfect for fans of Tana French.The young victim was pregnant, her body washed up on the rocks. Twenty years on, the murder remains unsolved; her father is now dead, and her mother refuses to talk about what went on all those years ago.Detective Marjory Fleming is called in to reopen the case that her late father, a policeman, was unable to put to rest. As Fleming digs deeper, it becomes clear that her father struggled to keep secret some of the shameful details surrounding the young girl's death.Can she handle the truth she will unearth, not just about her father but about herself?

Lamb to the Slaughter

Lamb to the Slaughter

Author: Aline Templeton Format: eBook Release Date: 18/03/2014

A sunny evening, a tranquil gardenand 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.

Lying Dead

Lying Dead

Author: Aline Templeton Format: eBook Release Date: 11/02/2014

This moody and arresting thriller is perfect for fans of Tana French.On a beautiful, eerily quiet May morning, a girl is found brutally bludgeoned to death. When Detective Marjory Fleming arrives, the silence of the scene is broken only by the ringing of the girl's cell phone. The nearby community is small and close-knit, but the veneer of contented prosperity conceals nasty secrets and deep betrayals. When another corpse is discovered, 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.

Darkness and the Deep

Darkness and the Deep

Author: Aline Templeton Format: eBook Release Date: 07/01/2014

A chilling and suspenseful tale, perfect for fans of Susan Hill and Elizabeth George.A lifeboat crashes on the shore of a small fishing village, leaving all three of its passengers dead. A tragic accidentperhapsbut Detective Marjory Fleming is not so sure The steep decline of the fishing industry has brought a new and bustling drug trade to town. Were the victims in over their heads? Or was this the work of a person so determined to kill one of the crew that he took two innocent lives?The depressed, impoverished community is clamoring for justice, and Fleming is determined to unravel the mystery before the body count rises.

Cold in the Earth

Cold in the Earth

Author: Aline Templeton Format: eBook Release Date: 29/10/2013

A quiet farming town where all they reap is death A corpse, a missing girl, and a mysterious familys dangerous obsession with bull running provide a sinister backdrop to Detective Inspector Marjory Flemings first murder investigation. To find the killer, DI Fleming must unearth an evil presence that has long been in hiding, all the while praying that her very first case will not be her last This terrifying and atmospheric mystery will thrill lovers of Tana French and Carol OConnell.

Bad Blood

Bad Blood

Author: Aline Templeton Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2013

Marnie Bruce has hyperthymesia; she can remember everything she has ever seen. Everything except from one fateful night when she was eleven; she woke up in an isolated cottage with a head injury and her mother gone. Twenty years later Marnie heads back to Scotland seeking answers to what happened, but in the small town of Galloway, her mother's disappearance still burns in the air and Marnie's return looks set to tear open old wounds for many of the locals. For DI Marjory Fleming the disappearance of Karen Bruce is a case she would prefer not to re-open but the ripple effect of Marnie's return makes it clear this is one mystery that must be solved. As Fleming unravels the secrets of the past, she realises Marnie's life is inextricably, terribly linked to a monstrous crime decades ago. Can Fleming fit the puzzle together before it's too late? And will the truth be one Marnie wants to remember?

Evil for Evil

Evil for Evil

Author: Aline Templeton Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/2013

In a sea-cave on Lovatt Island, just off the west coast of Scotland, a skeleton is found shackled to the rocks. Although the apparent victim of a crime of unparalleled brutality, the skeleton seems to belong firmly in the past. Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming, called in to investigate, anticipates a straightforward case unhampered by the pressures of time. But when a modern watch is discovered on the skeleton's wrist, Fleming realises the crime may be far closer to home than she initially assumed. Meanwhile, in the nearby village of Innellan, mysterious events begin to occur. Matt Lovatt, eponymous owner of the island, is at the centre of a series of escalating crimes - could someone be targeting him? The villagers, members of a small and introverted community, are little help - many seem damaged by their own enigmatic pasts, and all are reluctant to speak out. Fleming, sensing a pattern she cannot clearly make out, becomes increasingly desperate to prevent more violence. Are the skeleton and the current spate of crimes connected? If so, what evil act could have motivated such a deadly, merciless design?

Cradle to Grave DI Marjory Fleming Book 6

Cradle to Grave DI Marjory Fleming Book 6

Author: Aline Templeton Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/03/2011

The sixth book in the critically acclaimed DI Marjory Fleming series. 'A welcome return for Templeton's tough but tender DI, Marjory 'Big Marge' Fleming... The vivid characterisation, excellent description and a horribly looming sense of inevitability make Cradle to Grave a riveting read.' Laura Wilson, Guardian 'Templeton can always be relied on to provide a well-written, cleverly-plotted, old-fashioned whodunit.' The Times Accused of murdering the baby in her care, seemingly cold and measured nanny Lisa Stewart maintains her innocence. But when she changes her name and tries to run away, the terrifying threats always find her. Is she an innocent victim of public anger? Or a calculating murderer on the run? DI Marjory Fleming, battling with troubles of her own, must find out.

Dead in the Water DI Marjory Fleming Book 5

Dead in the Water DI Marjory Fleming Book 5

Author: Aline Templeton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2010

The fifth book in the critically acclaimed DI Marjory Fleming series. '[With] a scalpel-sharp plot, made more supenseful by the complexity of the personal connections, Templeton's latest installment takes the indomitable Fleming from strength to strength.' Daily Record 'All the characters are well-drawn and the tension is maintained throughout... With many surprises along the way, this is an excellent mystery and highly recommended.' Mystery Women 'When you lift a stone, dark creatures, safely hidden before, panic in the light of day . . . someone out there would become desperate to stop her finding the truth. She had to move fast.' The young victim had been pregnant, her body washed up on the rocks. Twenty years on the murder remains unsolved; her father is now dead, and her mother refuses to talk about what went on all those years ago. DI Marjory Fleming is called in to reopen the case that her late father, a policeman, was unable to put to rest. As Fleming digs deeper it becomes clear that her father had struggled to keep secret some of the shameful details around the young girl's death. Can she handle the truth she will unearth, not just about her father but about herself?

Lamb to the Slaughter DI Marjory Fleming Book 4

Lamb to the Slaughter DI Marjory Fleming Book 4

Author: Aline Templeton Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2009

The fourth book in the critically acclaimed DI Marjory Fleming series. 'The allegiances, rivalries and petty jealousies of small town life are carefully but convincingly explored....a dramatic climax.' Scotland on Sunday 'Reading Templeton has become something of an addiction.' Publishing News A sunny evening, a tranquil garden - and an old man brutally gunned down on his doorstep. In the pretty and tranquil market town of Kirkluce, 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, terrorising a woman to breaking point, are impossible to control. When a second victim is killed in what seems a random shooting, the fear in the town becomes tangible. DI Fleming will not accept that the crimes are motiveless, but she struggles to make sense of the two murders, when nothing makes sense any more and no one will believe anything. Not even the truth.

Lying Dead DI Marjory Fleming Book 3

Lying Dead DI Marjory Fleming Book 3

Author: Aline Templeton Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/01/2008

The third book in the critically acclaimed DI Marjory Fleming series. 'Underscores Templeton's challenge to Ian Rankin in Scottish thriller writing.' Peterborough Evening 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. I'm sure it won't be long before I have to write the best-selling Aline Templeton . This is seriously good crime writing.' Sue Baker, 'Personal Choice', Publishing News On a beautiful, eerily quiet May morning in a remote corner of Scotland, a girl is found brutally bludgeoned to death, the silence of the scene broken only by the ringing of her mobile telephone. DI Marjory Fleming thrives on the adrenalin and tension that come with heading a major crime investigation, but with the discovery of not one, but two murdered corpses on her patch, she's about to feel the pressure like never before . . . The community of Drumbreck - a tranquil weekend playground for rich Glaswegians - is small and close-knit. But the veneer of contented prosperity conceals nasty secrets and daily betrayals. DI Fleming must watch her own back as she searches for a link between the two crimes. Uncovering layer upon layer of intrigue and deceit, Fleming is about to learn that while the dead can't tell lies, the living most certainly can . . .

The Darkness and the Deep DI Marjory Fleming Book 2

The Darkness and the Deep DI Marjory Fleming Book 2

Author: Aline Templeton Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/02/2007

The second book in the critically acclaimed DI Marjory Fleming series. 'Loved it. She has become the crime czar of the Scottish small town!' Val McDermid '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.' Literary Review The wreck of the Knockhaven lifeboat with the loss of all three of its crew is a hard blow for the small Scottish town. But it's harder still when DS Tam MacNee discovers that it isn't simply a tragic accident. Was it just the act of vandals, bored in a fishing port stricken with unemployment? Could it be linked to the drugs trade which has taken root in the locality? Or is there someone who, in their determination to kill one person, is callous enough to take two innocent lives? And if so, who is the intended victim? As DI Marjory Fleming and her team investigate multiple murders, with a whole community hungry for justice, the pressure - professional and personal - is on.

Cold in the Earth DI Marjory Fleming Book 1

Cold in the Earth DI Marjory Fleming Book 1

Author: Aline Templeton Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2006

The first book in the critically acclaimed DI Marjory Fleming series. 'An unalloyed pleasure - an intelligent, character-driven crime novel' Andrew Taylor 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, a body is discovered in a dug-up field. Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming finds herself at the stormy heart of a troubled, trapped community. Thousands of miles away in New York, Laura resolves to unearth the dark secrets of her past. Determined to find the truth about her older sister's disappearance fifteen years ago. 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.

The Trumpet shall Sound

The Trumpet shall Sound

Author: Aline Templeton Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/1999

When Eden Hartington, conductor, impresario and founder of the Hartington Music Festival dies, his daughter Anna is determined to preserve his memory and keep the festival going. And she is prepared to sacrifice everything that stands in her way, including the career of Adam Beaumont, the conductor who succeeded her father. So when she is found murdered there is no shortage of people who benefit by her death.

Past Praying For

Past Praying For

Author: Aline Templeton Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/10/1997

Last Act of All

Last Act of All

Author: Aline Templeton Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/11/1996

A television soap star and his wife move to the remote village of Radnesfield. His philandering leads to divorce and when Neville is brutally murdered, his wife confesses and is sent to prison. When she is released, Detective Howarth reopens the case unofficially, and that is when the storm begins.

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