Aline Templeton, The Darkness and the Deep (2006)

This police procedural, set in Galloway, Scotland, is the second DI Marjory Fleming mystery.

The first aspect of this story that captured my interest was the characters:

“Dr Ashley Randall, her striking, pale blue eyes cold, looked with distaste at the fat woman wedged in the patient´s chair to the side of her desk, at her skin which was the colour and texture of oatmeal, at her sly expression and the slack, gossip´s mouth.”

This is Dr Randall´s last chance to despice one of her patients. Soon the haughty doctor and the rest of the team of the Knockhaven lifeboat are summoned on a rescue mission, never to return.

Marjory Fleming has to contend with the outrage of the local community when they realize someone has wrecked their lifeboat on purpose and killed the crew. The motive could be drug-related, or it could be jealousy or revenge. Furthermore, the very human detective inspector must cope with the mutual aversion of Tam MacNee, her best officer, and DC Jonathan Kingsley, the newcomer from England. Besides, her daughter Cat has just switched from the stage of pink bedrooms to tarblack teenage rebellion.

I liked the plot, I loved the remote setting, and the characters made me feel anger, anxiety, pity, sadness, sympathy… you name it. In other words, I was in another world until I had turned the final page.

I bought the book myself, and I need more of this!

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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8 Responses to Aline Templeton, The Darkness and the Deep (2006)

  1. you evil wench – I’m trying so hard not to buy any more but this one does sound quite exceptional

  2. Margot Kinberg says:

    Dorte – OK, this is not fair. It simply isn’t. I was being so good and not adding much to my TBR, and now this! Bernadette is right….

  3. Beth F says:

    I cannot buy more books now but I’m adding Templeton to my wish list.

  4. Bernadette: I thought you suffered from computer death so I really feel quite innocent this time (and enjoy saying so ;D)

    Margot: don´t know why I should be the only one out of control.

    Beth: we could decide not to write any reviews for a year – but for how long would we stick to that? 😉

  5. Kelly says:

    The way you summed this up makes it sound rather irresistible!

  6. Patti Abbott says:

    I’d love to spend sometime in Scotland. I will look for it.

  7. Kelly: I liked her first but found the ending a bit silly. This one was just my taste all the way through.

  8. Patti: the Scottish countryside is wonderful 🙂

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