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Lying Dead (DI Marjory Fleming #3)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  220 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
On a beautiful, eerily quiet May morning, a girl is found brutally bludgeoned to death. When Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming arrives, the silence of the scene is broken only by the ringing of the girl’s cell phone. The nearby community of Drumbreck is small and close-knit, but the veneer of contented prosperity conceals nasty secrets and daily betrayals. When another c ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published January 1st 2007)
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Kathleen Kelly
Mar 24, 2014 Kathleen Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lying Dead is the second Marjory Fleming novel that I have read. It is a well written suspenseful addition to the series. A woman is found not far from a man's house, unfortunately for him he knows the woman intimately. He just got out of prison and gets scared and does something that will haunt him. Moves the body.
Another body is found and now there are numerous suspects and Detective Fleming is pressured to find the killer or killers. A lot of people in this small town are suspect and it is up
Barbara Mitchell
Feb 05, 2014 Barbara Mitchell rated it really liked it
This is my second DI Marjory Fleming story in a series I'll certainly continue. Fleming is a farmer's wife, mother of two, daughter of elderly parents, and dedicated cop. She's so human that I sometimes half believe she's real rather than a fictional character.

A few of Templeton's characters are not so real, but then they'll surprise me by stepping away from stereotype to show another side. This is a very clever author who I suspect has done a lot of "people watching" in her life. (One of my fav
Jun 21, 2011 Sandi rated it really liked it
Another great entry in this police procedural series. I especially enjoy the rural Scottish setting and how it impacts the working conditions and outlook of the characters.
Oct 17, 2014 Carolyn rated it it was ok
I have belatedly added a new shelf - ' Waiting Rooms', not that I am in need of medical and other professional services, but my elderly clients are. Thus, there are a few hours out of my week spent reading the types of fiction that require little intellectual input, but are one up on Who Magazine or leaflets on the symptoms of prostate cancer etc.
This book was cluttered with extraneous descriptive passages and quite boring and unlikeable characters - very suitable for skipping whole passages and
Apr 13, 2014 Martha rated it it was amazing
I surely did not see that coming!
Richard Thompson
Feb 06, 2015 Richard Thompson rated it really liked it
The third in Templeton's DI Fleming series and the second one that we've read.

Fleming's squad in confronted tangled mess involving an old robbery-assault in the (fictional) resort town of Drumbreck in Galloway, a two murders, two assaults, a bit of arson and several death threats — all of which may or may not be related to one another. Suspects and motives abound.

Well put together, but we had to go back and re-read to a bit to figure out how Tam and Marjory figured out what they figured out. And
Lizzie Hayes
Sep 01, 2012 Lizzie Hayes rated it really liked it
‘Lying Dead’ by Aline Templeton
Published by Hodder & Stoughton, May 2007. ISBN: 978-0-340-92225-5

Keith Ingles has served his time, and he is now enjoying his life as forester. On a fine May morning as he stands outside his cabin savouring his good fortune, he hears a mobile phone ringing. Following the sound leads him to the bludgeoned body of the woman whose testimony sent him to prison for robbery. Fearing his innocence won’t be believed, he hides the body.

The prosperous community of Drum
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Feb 07, 2013 Mary Gilligan-Nolan rated it really liked it
Really enjoying this series and so grateful to the person who put me on to this series. This story in the latest D.I. Marjory Fleming crime/mystery starts out with a man on release from prison, now working as a Forester, coming out of his cabin one morning and discovering the body of a woman practically on his doorstep. The woman in question, was once his girlfriend and was central to putting him in prison by giving evidence against him. In a panic and certain he will be accused of her murder an ...more
LYING DEAD (Police Procedural-DI Marjory Fleming-Scotland-Cont) – G+
Templeton, Aline – 3rd in series
Hodder & Stoughton, 2007, UK Hardcover - ISBN: 9780340922255

First Sentence: The wind had dropped with the sunrise.

DI Marjory Fleming and her team were having a quiet week until the discovery of a woman’s bludgeoned body is discovered by a young boy. Once the body is identified, members of her team jump to arresting a man recently released from prison, but Marge isn’t convinced. The adjoining c
Aug 23, 2015 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping tale with a twist

Book #3 in this series was the best one so far. A murdered woman unravels a whole skein of carefully hidden secrets. Marjorie Fleming again is forced to walk a fine line between her job as head of her detectives, and her family and friends. She is also dealing with the hot shot new detective Jon Kingsley who seems to be clearly after her job. The ending of this novel had a double-edged twist -- one potentially tragic, and one much more gratifying.
Amy Tabler-Yingling
An interweaving web of possible suspects left me stumped as to who committed the crimes which I found maddening but much more entertaining then figuring out who did it by the fourth chapter! Favorite character was DC Kerr, just something about her standing out and being different then the others endeared her to me. The only thing I felt out of my element about was the dialogue about the dog trials, those few pages to me were particularly hard to get through because of this but since the story o ...more
Ann Reed
Apr 29, 2014 Ann Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Country Police thriller

Country Police thriller

Francis T. Villante

the book was confusing in that it had too many characters to keep track of. you could understand eighty. percent but the rest was in I guess you could call it England and Scotland slang. the plot was good. if you're from England or Scotland you would probably enjoy it more.
Gary Van Cott
3.5 stars. A good book.

There are some authors who can introduce a multitude of characters and write in such a way that the reader can keep them straight. Unfortunately, Aline Templeton is not one of them and I found myself becoming confused at times.
Nov 09, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
My favorite in the series so far. The plot moved a bit faster in this book than the two previous ones. A lot of characters to keep up with, maybe a few too many red herrings for one story but still a very good read.
Wayne Bishop
Apr 23, 2014 Wayne Bishop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Oct 17, 2015 Carolyn rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, series, scotland
Perhaps a little too twisty at the end. But satisfying in terms of whodunnit and solving some issues that were making me twitchy.
Jan 02, 2016 Lila rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A good series. I discovered this author via a recommendation on Louise Penny's blog.
Oct 12, 2014 Isabel rated it really liked it
Best so far of series. Very enjoyable and human.
May 02, 2014 Kaye rated it it was amazing
Atmospheric Scottish mystery. I loved it.
Jan 08, 2016 Myrna rated it it was amazing
Templeton just keeps getting better and better.
Very entertaining, as the previous two were, but falls apart a bit at the end. Templeton introduces so many compelling characters and then doesn't really wrap things up with many of them.
Mar 17, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
Highly recommended police procedural series.
Nov 21, 2009 Afsana rated it really liked it
I was really surprised by who actually did the crime -I only had an inkling as the cop blurted out the name as he was knocked out

I enjoyed the book and Aline templeton still has the writing ability

I like the fact that they are based around a particular police station and it shows perfectly how one persons undermining can effect the whole place. How it is important to work together
Mar 07, 2013 Lizzy rated it really liked it
The third in the series of DI Fleming. Fantastic, complex plot, great character development and of course all in Scotland. I love how deep these books get and how immersed I find myself in their lives. I was very distraught near the end!
Can't wait to read the next one!
Laura Garner
May 31, 2014 Laura Garner rated it really liked it
Another crisply-paced, beautifully nuanced mystery. When I finally hit the who-dun-it part, I was so surprised I actually yelled "NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!" My cats were startled.
Jun 13, 2012 Oonagh rated it it was amazing
Excellent crime novel set in Scotland, good pacing, plenty of twists and turns & interesting characters. I'd highly recommend this one & am actively looking for other Aline Templeton books.
Sep 07, 2013 Russ rated it really liked it
Another great story in the DI Fleming series.
Dennis rated it liked it
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Aline Templeton grew up in the East Neuk of Fife and was educated at St Leonards School, St Andrews and Cambridge University. She has worked in education and broadcasting and has written numerous stories and articles for national newspapers and magazines. Templeton was a bench Justice of the Peace for ten years and is a former Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, now living in Edinburgh. S ...more
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