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Cold in the Earth

(DI Marjory Fleming #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,180 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Death is in the air. Death is on the ground. Death is everywhere for the people of Galloway. As a catastrophic virus devastates the Scottish countryside, killing cattle and destroying lives, Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming finds herself at the stormy heart of a troubled, trapped community. Pyres are built, infected animals are burnt, and farmland is dug up as burial gr ...more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published 2005 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Don
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
First book in the Marjory Fleming series, this was an interesting story of some bleak series of events in the Scottish Countryside which seriously affects the lives of some of those involved.

Disaster sets in for some of the residents of Galloway, as it seems a major case of foot and mouth disease has a major impact on the farming communities, of which Marjory Fleming and particularly her husband ( a farmer) particularly feel the brunt of what's happening.

In New York, British Laura returns home a
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LJ
COLD IN THE EARTH (Police Procedural-Scotland-Cont) – VG
Templeton, Aline – 1st in series
Hodder & Stoughton, 2005- Hardcover
Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming is also a mother and wife raising chickens and sheep in Scotland. When foot-and-mouth disease breaks out in their area, she and her neighbors are faced with losing all their livestock. Laura Harvey, living in New York, is at loose ends with her life after her mother dies. In search of her sister, missing 15 years, her journey takes her to
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Jo
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a gem of a find! I was searching on something to use my Scribd credit for. This one looked appealing enough, but it was truly a great read. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
Barbara Mitchell
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of six DI Fleming thrillers to be issued as e-books by Witness/Impulse Imprint of HarperCollins.

In the prologue we read about a woman awakening because she's cold. She realizes her pajamas are torn and she is bloody. Not only that, she's outside in a maze. She has been sleepwalking. Then she sees a figure running toward her. It looks like a man with horns, one of which stabs her in the heart.

The story is set in Scotland during an epidemic of foot and mouth disease among animals
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Lynn
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cold in the Earth is a police procedural that is atmospheric and character driven. This is the first in the series and the setting is Scotland. The writing is so descriptive that you can see the area and the people. You can feel the pain of the farmers who must lose their stock due to the outbreak of the foot and mouth disease outbreak. I remember reading about it some years ago and thinking how terrible it must be to take care of the disease by eradicating the animals. This book made me see and ...more
Alisha Horst
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read

Well rounded story. Refreshing detective. Very atmospheric, which put you right in the heart of Scotland. I very much enjoyed it!
Alexis
Dec 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in a couple of days, technically four one hour sessions on the treadmill. This was an okay to mediocre detective thriller. It’s set in Scotland and some of the jargon was way over my head. If I’m interested I’ll usually research the geography and dialect of a place w story is set. Unfortunately I didn’t find this novel captivating enough to look further into it. I don’t think I’ll be continuing the series.
Mitch McCrimmon
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
My first book by this author, enjoyed it and will read more in this series. Reminds me of Ann Cleeves' similar series, also featuring a female detective (Vera Stanhope). Cold in the Earth, however, is set in Scotland rather than northern England. I found the characters very interesting as well as the plot. Very atmospheric and authentic feel to the book although some of the local Scottish words and phrases were quite foreign to me - not sure they were necessary to convey real authenticity. The l ...more
Ali
Jul 09, 2009 rated it liked it
I found this an enjoyable and diverting novel, and just the antidote I needed this weekend to the utter exhaustion of this last week. I don't read many modern detective novels, because some of them are too grizzly and unpleasent. Luckily this isn't. The back drop to the novel, the 2001 foot and mouth crisis is fascinating. I remember being driven somewhere at the time, where we had to venture out into the countryside, and seeing, as we drove, empty fields and plumes of ominious black smoke. Othe ...more
Brenda Funk
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read in this series. I really enjoyed it, will definitely be looking for more of the same. ...more
Geraldine
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2016, series, 5-star
An astonishingly good book, first in a series and very well written.

The story takes time to get going, which might prove to be 'slow paced' for some readers. But I prefer the term 'measured'. Notwithstanding the Prologue, it's about quarter way into the book before the body is found. In the meantime, the author has been setting the scene.

She uses that space to make us familiar with the main characters, notably Marjory Fleming the Detective Inspector, and with Laura, whose role is explained in th
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Mary
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
About a year ago, I was looking for recommendations for a new series/author and someone on Goodreads recommended Aline Templeton. It has taken me this long to track down her first book in the Marjory Fleming series, so I was looking forward to seeing if it lived up to my expectations. In a word, yes, it was one of those books that comes along now and then that just captivates me and I just don't want to put it down. I have given it 5 stars because I enjoyed it so much, not because it was an incr ...more
Sharon Mensing
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad to have found this new (to me) series. DI Marjorie Fleming in Scotland lives on a farm (we'd call it a ranch here) where her husband raises sheep. The book takes place during an outbreak of hoof and mouth disease, as all the livestock in this remote part of Scotland are being destroyed. The first third of the book is a dark treatise on the psychology of the farmers who have to deal with loss of their herds: their livelihood, their companions, their work. And of the policemen and wom ...more
AngryGreyCat
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was my first Aline Templeton book. Cold in the Earth introduces DI Marjory Fleming, a DI, a farmer’s wife, mother,and daughter of an old school police officer, who doesn’t quite approve of a female DI. The mystery surrounds some corpses that seem to be connected set against the backdrop of a farming community enduring an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. The interwoven storylines really kept the pace moving. Besides Di Fleming’s professional and family life, there is also Laura Harvey’s s ...more
Jennifer
Jul 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I am not sure I'd like Aline Templeton very much... There were some political, small p, points made which seemed appropriate to the story and to arise from the plot and the characters but a few times I felt she might be trying to tell townies what to think, and a few big P comments which seemed to come from the author and which for me only served to create distance and lack of trust.

However, I do like her Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming and the whole setting for this first in a series - rura
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Jan C
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jan C by: Louise Penny (in her blog)
Shelves: 2011, mystery, scotland
Very enjoyable. I look forward to picking up her other Margery Fleming stories.

"Let's cut the cackle." I did get slowed down a.bit by all the Scottish slang, but usually I could get the gist of it.

There are two cousins who squabble like 10-year-olds. They are adults. There is a psychologist who wants to find out what happened to her sister. And then there is Detective Inspector Margery Fleming. There is also a woman in a dress shop in London.

You know that all these story lines are going to come
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Kirsti
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, scotland
Very entertaining mystery with appealing characters and clever dialogue. I liked how the author wove in recent events.

I understood most of the Scottish slang, but I had to look up "I was in a dwam." A dwam or dwaum is a stuporous sort of daydream--you're conscious but not paying attention and not really thinking of anything in particular.

I had no idea Robert Burns was such a scunner. Apparently his own mother despaired of him.
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Jovdb
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
My first Alone Templeton book, and I rather liked it.

DI Marjory Fleming is running a police investigation as well as trying to keep her family together during an out break of Foot and Mouth disease. Their farm is condemned and Marjory and her two children remove themselves to her parents home, while her husband, Bill, stays on the farm.

A nearby farm has already had their prize bulls slaughtered and, while digging a hole to bury the carcasses, the remains of a body is discovered.

Psychologist, Lau
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Birgit
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this down. My first experience of this author and I am looking forward to reading lots more of her books. The writing is beautiful with astounding imagery presented on the first page. The words just flowed and were beautiful to read. The setting of this novel takes the reader to another world, its like reading the Shetland series. The cold winter of Galloway in Scotland is contrasted to the harshness but beauty of life on the farms and the the surrounding scenery. Add to this the ...more
Richard Howard
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Certainly a welcome change of pace and setting for a procedural detective novel and more welcome is a female protagonist with a stable family life and a sensible attitude. (As opposed to charging in, getting hit over the head and having to be rescued!) The backdrop of the terrible foot-and-mouth outbreak adds to the grimness of the story and the claustrophobia of the wintery setting was well echoed by the claustrophobia of the suspects' situation. That said I found the mystery too easy to solve ...more
Olivia
Aug 21, 2019 added it
I tried to get get into this book but I just couldn’t.

I’m sorry but I’m just not interested in farming, farmer’s issues and welfare.

I’m a vegan and an animal advocate. It made me sick reading about how terrible foot and mouth was for the farmers. Don’t care - I was upset about all the innocent animals.

The mystery was completely overwhelmed with these additional issues.

I might try the next in the series but if it keeps on about farming and glorifying the farmer, I think that’ll be it for me.

I ca
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Joyce
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really really lived this book as it about the effects of the foot and mouth disease on DI Marjory Flemings home life where she lives on a farm with her husband and 2 children. The main story revolves around a murder 15 years ago on a neighbouring farm and how this persons sister wants to find her/what happened to her. She’s a psychologist and her training is woven through solving the murder which I really enjoyed learning new things. It’s also got a twist right at the end which was great. Defi ...more
Jennefer Lee
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
i chose this book as one of a set on offer in The Book People. i had no great expectations but thoroughly enjoyed it. It is my sort of genre and the use of Scots dialect was great for me as it is part of my own vocab and some of the words cannot be substituted by English words which don't have their nuance. will not make it difficult for English people though as one of the characters is English too!
a fairly gripping story with a few hidden turns which kept me busy. Would recommend.
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Bob
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Nina
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the popular DI Fleming series by Aline Thompson. I couldn't appreciate it much, probably because I needed to get used to the accent used by the narrator. I need to read the ebook version while listening to this. ...more
David
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I almost gave up on this, the first 130 pages were a bit like "The Archers" all farming, sheep and foot and mouth with hardly any police action at all. It did get better though with even a couple of little twists at the end. ...more
Tony Wheeler
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Character based crime novel. Plot is innovative, exciting and provided a compelling read. It's the first book of Aline Templeton I've read, it's definitely will not be the last. In fact I bought 'The Darkness and the Deep' today. ...more
Rennie
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
The plot was ok and the writing too was ok with sense of place done very well but the combination of things just did not add up to enough to push it up to 3 stars. I did like the main character enough that I may try another one in the series.
Will Templeton
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
Competent and enjoyable mystery. There was a moment when it felt like it might "jump the shark" but the author hung onto credibility with her fingernails. I'll try more from her, not just because we've got the same surname 😁 ...more
Mairi Deans
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the main character a lot but the plot was not really credible.
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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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