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Cradle to Grave: 6 Paperback – 1 July 2014
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- Publisher : Witness Impulse (1 July 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 490 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062301829
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062301826
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 3.56 x 20.32 cm
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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.
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Set as usual in the Galloway countryside, the action centres on Rosscarron House, which is cut off when the bridge, the only way of reaching it, is sabotaged around the time serious flooding causes a landslip which buries nearby cottages. Driving to investigate, DI Marjory Fleming and DS Tam MacNee drive off the bridge. MacNee manages to rescue his more seriously injured boss. Both then have to spend time cut off at the house, with no mobile signal and no working phone line.
A cast of interesting characters is introduced, including an ex nanny accused but cleared of murdering a baby, a dysfunctional family in Rosscarron House and an old flame of DI Fleming's.
Gillis Crozier, patriarch at the big house, has organised a rock festival but there seems to be some confusion about the nature of this as it's described as a rave further on.
A complicated plot with a lot of characters is played out in this parallel universe which is Galloway and the body count mounts up. 'Big Marge' is injured more than once and she's not the only one of the team. She has become very familiar over the course of the series - not like a friend, exactly; I would find her habits of tapping her front teeth and saying 'as yet' too irritating, but nonetheless I wish her, DS Macnee, DS Macdonald and DI Campbell all the best, along with her family.
Firstly I was confused by the geography. There seems to be a bridge to a headland but lots of people relevant to the plot seem to live on the other side. There is a big house, a row of cottages which get flooded and a row that get hit by a landslide. Where were they all? - well I had not got a clue. Where is the town? There seem to be 2 - Galloway and Kirkcudbright. The bridge gets destroyed - and then rebuilt in a few minutes it seems??? The detective gets concussed twice - but is still in charge of things (although having a relationship in the past with one of the villains?)
There are 3 crimes - a dead baby (that never gets resolved), some sort of fraud (that also does not get resolved) and THREE murders. Were they linked? - well I did not know. Anyway - who was it who got bumped off they all had simialr names - and were also ALL pretty anonymous - no friends or family in the book at all. One detective gets murdered, one has a breakdown......It was too too much...
How did it end - well - I read to the end but really - I had not got a clue......
Keep it simple next time Pleeeezee