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Bad Blood by Aline Templeton

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

Aline Templeton is one of the most underappreciated crime authors around and this, the eighth in her DI Marjory Fleming series set in small town Scotland, is one of her best. New readers would do well to start with Cold in the Earth, the first in the series. Marnie Bruce’s hyperthymesia makes for a fascinating central plot, complexly woven across decades as the book shifts back and forth in uncovering the night that Marnie can’t remember which is linked to a terrible crime committed some twenty years before. Marjory’s team also come much more to the fore and the whole community is involved as the plot unravels. Brilliant, tense, dark and thrilling.

If you like Aline Templeton you might also like to read books by Stephen Booth, Ann Cleeves and Susan Hill.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Eleven-year-old Marnie Bruce is found with a head wound in an isolated cottage. There is no sign of her mother, Karen. The young PC Marjory Fleming involved in the case feels she hasn’t been told everything. Twenty years later, Marnie, who has hyperthymasia and can remember everything she has ever seen (apart from that fateful night twenty years earlier), returns to Scotland to try and solve the mystery of her mother’s disappearance. This clever plot keeps the reader gripped to the final page.
~ The Good Book Guide


Bad Blood by Aline Templeton

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?


'Loved it. She has become the crime czar of the Scottish small town!'
Val McDermid

'Vivid characterisation, excellent description and a horribly looming sense of inevitability ... a riveting read'
The Guardian

'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'
The Scotsman

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.

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Publication date

1st August 2014


Aline Templeton

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384 pages


Crime / Mystery
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