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Bad Blood (DI Marjory Fleming Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Aline Templeton
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'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

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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?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 789 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (28 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E2581EG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,732 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Aline Templeton lives in Edinburgh with her husband, in a house with a balcony built by an astronomer to observe the stars over the beautiful city skyline. She has worked in education and broadcasting and has written numerous articles and stories for newspapers and magazines. Her books have been published in translation in several European countries as well as in the United States.

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4.4 out of 5 stars
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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This is the eighth novel featuring DI Marjory Fleming, based at the headquarters of Galloway Constabulary in the fictional town of Kirkluce. Kirkluce lies on the A75, roughly half way between Newton Stewart and the busy ferry terminals of Cairnryan and Stranraer, and not far from the real - but much smaller - village of Glenluce.

It's a strong point of the series that Marjory is an utterly convincing character. She followed her late father into the police force, but married Bill Fleming, a local farmer, and although there is a deep bond between them the conflicting pressures of domestic and professional life are often problematic. They have two children, Catriona (Cat) and Cameron (Cammie), both of whom are young adults at the time of the present novel.

Marnie Bruce suffers from hyperthymesia - a condition which enables her to remember everything she has ever seen. If a memory is triggered, she re-lives the past as if watching a film - except for one night, 31 October 1993, when she was 11 years old. She remembers coming home from celebrating Hallowe'en, but her mind is blank from that point until she was found by a neighbour the following morning, covered in blood from a severe head injury. And her mother had vanished completely. Now, following the breakdown of a relationship, she decides to return to Galloway in search of answers. A young PC Fleming was part of the initial response to the neighbour's call for assistance on that black day in 1993, and Marnie looks to her for help. But that raises difficult problems for Margery, because to provide any sort of explanation for the events of 1993 she would need to reveal information about a crime committed twenty years earlier, and that information is very definitely not for public consumption ....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book in this series 11 Nov 2014
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Aline Templeton does not disappoint with her Marjory Fleming series -- another fantastic read. I desperately wanted to reach the dénouement, and equally did not want the book to end.

The great strength of this series is that the main story is complemented by the absolute believability of the characters, and we care as much about Marjorie's domestic life (and that of her team) as we do about the crime plot.

This is a slightly unusual but absolutely fascinating mystery, and the ending is never a foregone conclusion.

Thanks, Aline Templeton, and I am already looking forward to the next one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn’t get into it. 25 Mar 2014
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It is rare that i do not finish a book. I didn’t like this one. I’m not sure it was the fault of the book maybe it was just poor choice.
I can’t say why i didn’t enjoy it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Blood reviewed 14 Oct 2014
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Enjoyed this book in the Marjory Fleming series. Gripping plot well written and very realistic setting true to its origins. (I know this because I live in the area where it is set.)
I would recommend this book and the series to anyone who has an interest in the genre, and it would make a good holiday read to any visitors to this area of Scotland.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Slightly different DI Fleming story in that its more about her team than herself but no less readable for this change of emphasis. Thought the ending a little contrived and rushed which is why i only gave it 4 stars. If coming new to the series read earlier novels first and get hooked on Fleming.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing crime thriller 25 Feb 2014
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Really enjoyed this book, it is set in a part of Scotland I love and this writer cleverly links it to the action. Such an easy interesting read, the characters are very real flawed people. I actually knew them from previous novels and love having a strong intelligent family woman as the lead detective. Would be a great tv series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 23 Feb 2014
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I enjoyed this book. I didn't know any of the previous DI Marjory Fleming but this did not affect my enjoyment of this novel. Would recommend it & I will try some of others in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good read, well structured novel. 20 Feb 2014
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The twist at the end meant you were gripped to the last chapter. Good character formation. A book that would make a good tv film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Ok read
Published 4 months ago by jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Blood
Excellent read. Some parts reminded me of my younger days so I found an easy read. Will read more from this author.
Published 7 months ago by driftwood
5.0 out of 5 stars She gets better and better
OK, I admit I know Aline Templeton personally, and I don't normally review books by people I know, but in Bad Blood she has written a bloody good novel. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael Ridpath
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
I do like British crime, this stands out as a great in line with so few others, written in such a style that you can belive that is how things are done in the police, I had to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Oldsparky
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
great read, enjoyed the book from begining to end. Love Di marjory flemming its like meeting an old friend. this is the eight book and i have enjoyed them all.
Published 9 months ago by molly
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific first novel
Having lived in this area for a while, I found the spirit of the place very well described, and the storyline an interesting one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rammiemax
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and entertaining.
Some of the 'history' the book is set against is pretty uncomfortable reading, as with any child murder. But I enjoyed this book and liked the way the whole story unfolded. Read more
Published 9 months ago by K M Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars 8th DI Marjory Fleming is a real page turner
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... Read more
Published 9 months ago by lynsey
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