Cold in the Earth

Cold in the Earth

Large Print - 2006
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Death is all around for the people of Galloway when a catastrophic virus devastates the countryside, killing cattle and ruining lives. But the stench of death becomes even stronger when, amidst the smoking pyres, human remains are discovered. For DI Fleming, this is just the beginning.
Publisher: Leicester : F. A. Thorpe, 2006, c2005.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781846171246
1846171245
Characteristics: 445 p. ;,24 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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