Lying Dead

The third novel in the DI Marjory Fleming series

On an eerily quiet May morning in a remote corner of Scotland, a woman is found bludgeoned to death, the silence of the scene broken only by the ringing of her mobile phone.
DI Fleming thrives on the adrenalin that comes with heading a major crime investigation.  With the discovery of not one, but two murders on her patch, she’s about to feel the pressure as never before.

The community of Drumbreck – a tranquil weekend playground for rich Glaswegians – is small and close-knit, but the veneer of contented prosperity conceals nasty secrets and daily betrayals.  In an atmosphere of distrust, DI Fleming must watch her own back as she searches for a link between these two most terrible of crimes.  Uncovering layer upon layer of intrigue and deceit, Fleming can only ask herself whether, in this society of liars, you can even trust the dead.

Lying Dead has appeared at no 3 in the Scottish bestsellers list

Hodder & Stroughton – 2007, ISBN 978-0-340-92227-9
CD and Cassette: Magna, ISBN 978-1-84652-242-0

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Second of  three tipped  cracking reads …. A first-class police procedural

Susie’s picks, Publishers’  Weekly, Quarterly Highlights


This is seriously good crime writing.

Publishing News


A welcome addition to the canon of Scottish crime fiction .. packed with red herrings and believable characters.

Press and Journal


Underscores Templeton’s challenge to Ian Rankin in Scottish thriller writing.

Peterborough Evening News


I loved every minute of Lying Dead and to top it off the answer to the whodunit is staggeringly well-concealed and yet obvious in retrospect, and one I certainly didn’t guess.

Karen Meek, Eurocrime