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A very good book in a wonderful series,
This review is from: Dead in the Water (Hardcover)First Sentence: The north-easter came tearing through the night across the Irish Sea.
DI Marjory (Big Marge) Fleming is assigned a cold case her father originally investigated. Twenty years ago, a young, pregnant woman washed up on the rocks. The girl's father is now dead, the mother won't talk about it and Marge not only has to identify the killer but find out why her father violated his own procedural rules.
I so enjoy Templeton's style of writing. The story develops slowly but is never boring, and then--bam--you are in the thick of it all the way to a very dramatic twist and revelation at the end.
She introduces you to each of the characters so you get to know who and what they are. While all the characters are well drawn, Marge takes center stage, and in Marge, Templeton creates a very realistic portrayal of a woman in her position trying to balance the demands of her job with being a wife, mother and daughter.
But Marge isn't on her own and the balance with the other characters, particularly her side-kick DS Tam McNee, who often quotes Robert Burns. Templeton's dialogue is very well done and I love her humor.
Templeton provides a very strong sense of place. I appreciate that the books are set in Galloway, in the West of Scotland, rather than the usual Edinburgh.
This is a very good book in a wonderful series, and one I highly recommend.
DEAD IN THE WATER (Pol. Proc-DI Marge Flemming-Scotland-Cont) - VG
Templeton, Aline - 5th in series
Hodder & Stoughton, 2009, UK Hardcover - ISBN: 9780340976944