The Darkness and the Deep

The second novel in the DI Marjory Fleming series

The wreck of the Knockhaven lifeboat with the loss of all three of its crew is a hard blow for the small Scottish town.  But it’s harder still when DS Tam MacNee discovers that it isn’t simply a tragic accident.

Was it the act of vandals, bored in a fishing port stricken with unemployment?  Could it be linked to the drugs trade which has taken root in the locality?  Or is there someone who, in their determination to kill one person, is callous enough to take two innocent lives?  And if so, who is the intended victim?

As DI Marjory Fleming and her team investigate multiple murders, with a whole community hungry for justice, the pressure – professional and personal – is on.

The Darkness and the Deep was a Guardian bestseller.

Hodder & Stroughton – 2006, ISBN 978-0-340-83857-0
Large print: Ulverscroft, ISBN 978-1-84617-734-7
CD and cassette: Magna, ISBN 978-1-84692-208-6

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Loved it. She has become the crime czar of the Scottish small town!

Val McDermid.


An interesting, atmospheric and, I predict, televisual series.

Jessica Mann, Literary Review


The Darkness and the Deep must surely be her best book to date.  Her characters are so beautifully drawn that turning the final page is like bidding old friends farewell.

Julia Wallis Martin


Templeton moves easily between laughter and tragedy, effortlessly proving that accounts of man’s inhumanity to man are most effective when dished up with lashings of humanity. 

Joanna Hines, The Guardian


Absorbing hat-trick of intrigue, originality and skill.

Yorkshire Post


Templeton writes gripping but intelligent thrillers…  Amid the plethora of crime fiction, there is nothing quite like her, and she could well prove to be the most enduring of the new breed of Scottish thriller writers.

Am Bratach