***** 5 STARS
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?
Bad Blood is the 8th novel in the DI Marjory Fleming series of books set in the Galloway Region of Scotland, the majority of the action takes place in the fictional town of Kirkluce, which in real life it 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. They are many elements that make these novels work so well from the main character Marjory Fleming battle between home and work of being a good dectetive and a good mother and wife,the other likeable characters such as DS Tan MacNee, Andy MacDonald and Ewan Campbell. And of course the storylines which sees the author Aline Templeton untilise the small tight knit Scottish communities with a world of mystery and murder where the people may be cruel,weak or foolish, where bad things happen to good people and sometimes to people who aren’t very nice but ultimately where most are kind, decent and honest.
What I truly enjoy about Bad Blood and Aline Templeton other novels is that she has a way of writing books that take you on a journey of emotions and she keeps you guessing right up till the final pages of the book. I also like the fact that the Marjory Fleming series of novels can be enjoyed by every reader not just fans of crime fiction. I can’t wait to see what happens next and here hoping that we will be enjoying these books for a few years yet.
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Allison & Busby (21 Aug 2014)