Title: Lamb to the Slaughter: A Marjory Fleming Thriller
Author: Aline Templeton
Genre: Fiction/Crime Publication
Date: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Witness Impulse, and imprint of HarperCollins
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.
A sunny evening, a tranquil garden – and an old man brutally gunned down on his doorstep.
In a pretty and tranquil town, a proposed superstore development has divided the population in an increasingly bitter war. The low-level aggression of bored youth that is generally tolerated has become sinister. The bloodied carcass of a sheep abandoned in the streets is more than just unpleasant vandalism and teenage bikers, terrorizing a woman to breaking point, are impossible to control.
When a second victim is killed in what seems a random shooting, the fear in the town becomes tangible. Detective Fleming will not accept that the crimes are motiveless, but she struggles to make sense of the two murders, when nothing makes sense any more and no one will believe anything. Not even the truth.
Review by Jessica
*I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review*
The story takes place in the little town of Kirkluce where everyone has something to hide. When someone shoots a sheep and leaves it in the middle of town no one thinks much of it- probably just miscreant teens screwing around. But when an influential man is gunned down on his front doorstep Detective Marjory Fleming begins to wonder if the two incidents aren’t somehow related. And when things continue to escalate, the citizens of Kirkluce can no longer keep their skeletons hidden in their closets.
I really enjoyed the small town dynamic of Kirkluce. The author juggles a lot of families throughout the book and I thought she navigated the multiple story lines really well. The way she set everything up slowly and pulled it all together in the end was extremely impressive. The story itself is great. There is a lot of detail without being boring, and I think the town scandals are all very realistic things people deal with every day. The characters all seemed very flawed and genuine which I found refreshing. The mystery behind these crimes is just fascinating to watch unfold. I was sufficiently baffled for most of the book, and was not able to figure out what the heck was going on any more than the characters! We are slowly given little clues here and there as Detective Fleming and her team try to piece together the mystery and let me tell you- I did NOT see that ending coming! My only gripe would be that the ending seemed a little abrupt and I REALLY want to know what happened to one person in particular… but I would definitely recommend this book. 4 books
About the Author
Aline Templeton grew up in the fishing village of Anstruther, in the East Neuk of Fife. She has worked in education and broadcasting and was a Justice of the Peace for ten years. Married, with two grown-up children and three grandchildren, she now lives in a house with a view of Edinburgh Castle. When not writing, she enjoys cooking, choral singing, and traveling the back roads of France.