Cold in the Earth

Cold in the Earth

Book - 2006
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Atmospheric and suspenseful classic crime introducing a strong new protagonist to delight readers of Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson.

Publisher: London : Hodder, 2006
ISBN: 9780340838556
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 18 cm


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Nov 21, 2015

An enjoyable read as one tries to solve the murder of the dead girl whose mumified body is found buried in a farmer's yard when it is to be used as a burial pit for the farmer's dead animals infected with foot and mouth disease. This time DI Margery Fleming finds helpful a psychologist who herself, like her sister, almost becomes a fatality at the hands of the disgruntled main character. Good red herrings as all family members and farm hands come under suspicion. Author also shows how farmers too suffer from the slaughter of their herds done at the will of the government.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 17, 2014

The difficulties of combining her work as detective, farmer’s wife and teenager’s mother in a small community in Galloway are acerbated when D.I. Marjorie Fleming is delegated to police the slaughter of animals during the foot-and-mouth outbreak of 2001. Unable to comfort her husband who is quarantined on their infected farm, “Big Marge” struggles with the evil unleashed when human remains are revealed in one of the burial pits dug for the cattle.

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