A chilling and suspenseful tale, perfect for fans of Susan Hill and Elizabeth George.
A lifeboat crashes on the shore of a small fishing village, leaving all three of its passengers dead. A tragic accident—perhaps—but Detective Marjory Fleming is not so sure …
The steep decline of the fishing industry has brought a new and bustling drug trade to town. Were the victims in over their heads? Or was this the work of a person so determined to kill one of the crew that he took two innocent lives?
The depressed, impoverished community is clamoring for justice, and Fleming is determined to unravel the mystery before the body count rises.
Galloway, Scotland s smashing Det. Insp. Marjory Fleming returns in the terrific second installment (after 2005 s Cold in the Earth) of a fascinating mystery series. Someone has deliberately wrecked a lifeboat, killing the three-person rescue team at the Knockhaven fishing port. The victims include Rob Anderson, the popular Anchor Inn pub owner; Dr. Ashley Randall, a sexy physician having a mutually adulterous affair with real estate developer Ritchie Elder; and Luke Smith, a suicidal teacher whose 13-year-old student Kylie MacEwan is dating Rob s 16-year-old troublemaking stepson, Nathan Rettie. Puzzling through all the possible suspects and motives, Marjory ( Big Marge to her constables) juggles believable wife and mother challenges with her detecting duties as further murders add extra heat. Templeton s bravura plotting carries strongly through to the big reveal of a very surprising killer.