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Aline Templeton

Aline Templeton Aline Templeton grew up in a fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife. She read English at Cambridge University and took a PGCE at the University of London. She has worked in education and broadcasting and has written numerous stories and articles for national newspapers and magazines. She was a bench Justice of the Peace for ten years and is a director of the Crime Writers Association board and a former Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, now living in Edinburgh. She is married with a grown up family.

She has written seventeen crime novels and has been published by Hodder and Stoughton and now Allison and Busby and Endeavour Press in Britain as well as HarperCollins Impulse Witness in the United States. Her books have also been published in several European countries, including Germany. After writing six stand-alone books, she began a series set in Galloway and featuring DI Marjory Fleming, the first of which was an Ottakar's Crime Novel of the Month and an Independent Best Summer Read and others have also featured in the Scottish best-sellers list. They have been successfully produced as audio books and in large print, both here and in the United States.

This year with her new book, Human Face, she has introduced a new detective, DI Kelso Strang, heading up the Serious Rural Crime Squad..

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Latest book: HUMAN FACE

Aline Templeton - HUMAN FACE Beatrice Lacey is passionate about Human Face, the charity for Third World children she helped to found, based in the beautiful Isle of Skye, as well as its co-founder Adam Carnegie. She has learned to turn a blind eye to some strange goings on, however; parties for donors who don’t seem the philanthropic type and a merry-go-round of `housekeepers’. It’s best not to think about that. But when the latest housekeeper, Eva, suddenly disappears, the police and DI Kelso Strang are called in. Keen to move on from recent personal horrors, Strang revels in the responsibility the investigation affords, as a former sniper, he has no problems with making solitary decisions. But when he and the team make some fatal errors, Strang has his work cut out to avoid the case ending in disaster and death.


A skeleton found shackled to a rock in an island sea-cave off the Galloway coast is thought to be the victim of some long-ago crime. But when a modern watch is discovered on the skeleton’s wrist, DI Marjory Fleming realises the crime may be far closer to home than she assumed.

Meanwhile in the nearby village of Innellan mysterious events occur. Matt Lovatt, owner of the island, is at the centre of a series of escalating crimes. The villagers, members of a small and introverted community, are little help – many seem damaged by their own enigmatic pasts and all are reluctant to speak out.

Fleming, sensing a pattern she cannot make out, becomes increasingly desperate to prevent violence. Are the skeleton and the current spate of crimes connected? If so, what could have motivated such a deadly, merciless design?


It can be hard beating your brain to dredge up something you've forgotten. But how would it be if you couldn't forget anything – ever? Except, of course, the one thing you desperately want to know: why, at the age of eleven, you had been found alone in an isolated cottage, with a head injury and your mother gone? And why had the police investigation been so strangely low-key?
DI Fleming has reasons to be reluctant to help Marnie Bruce in her quest for answers as a hideous crime from the past casts its long shadow over the present.


HUMAN FACE (Alison & Busby 2017) THE THIRD SIN (Alison & Busby 2015), BAD BLOOD (Allison & Busby 2013). EVIL FOR EVIL (Allison & Busby 2012) CRADLE TO GRAVE (Hodder 2011), DEAD IN THE WATER (Hodder 2010), LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER(Hodder 2009), LYING DEAD (Hodder 2008), THE DARKNESS AND THE DEEP (Hodder 2006), COLD IN THE EARTH (2005), SHADES OF DEATH (2001), NIGHT AND SILENCE (Hodder 2000), THE TRUMPET SHALL SOUND (Constable 1996, Hodder 1999), PAST PRAYING FOR (Constable 1996, Hodder 1997), LAST ACT OF ALL (Constable 1995, Hodder 1995), DEATH IS MY NEIGHBOUR (Robert Hale 1984)
Some of these have also been published in the US, Germany, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands, and have appeared in large print here and in the US as well as being successfully produced as audiobooks.