First Sentence: Julia was wild that night, her long blonde hair streaming as she danced like a maenad among the trees.
2012, a group of friends formed the Cyrenaics, and followed the
philosophy of sensual hedonism, until one of their members died of an
overdose, another disappeared, one moved to Canada, and another is
believed to have committed suicide. When the last turns up, found in a
submerged car two years later, Marjory and are team must find out what
We begin with wonderfully evocative
descriptions…”There was an edge of frost tonight and above the angled
branches of the trees the black bowl of night sky was studded with
diamonds. Tonight you could almost hear the music of the
spheres…interwoven with the restless muttering of the trees.” Templeton
is a very literary author who uses language very well, and can
reference both Baudelaire and the same paragraph, along with quotes from
Robert Burns, courtesy of DI Fleming’s sergeant Tam MacNee.
very effective prologue and first chapter lay the groundwork and compel
us into the story. Templeton has an interesting style of creating the
setting, introducing the characters and building the story without the
reader being certain of where the path will lead. Yet one thing of
which one is certain is that mystery lies ahead.
Rather than the
police acting as a cohesive team, Templeton places us within an
oft-found group of people with their own ambitions and jealousies,
making getting things done all the harder. The characters include
Marjory who tends to be brusque, are not altogether likable and there
seems to be a lot of in-fighting, but give them time. Relationships
change and cohesion prevails. Even so, it’s nice to see the personal
lives that support many of the characters, including the development of
one a new relationship.
The story is a little hard to get
into as there are so many pieces to the puzzle. But stay with it, as things do come together and the investigation is interesting to watch.Unfortunately, there is one thread
that was, rather frustratingly, dropped.
Templeton does write
good dialogue, sometimes with a bit of wry, Scottish humor…”Never trust
those one—“grave, tideless-blooded, calm and cool”,’ MacNee said. “And
school teachers—I’ve never been overfond of them either, except my old
English teacher—I’d never have heard of Rabbie Burns if it wasn’t for
him.” ‘I wondered whose fault it was,’ Fleming said…
“The Third Sin” is a well-done mystery that is realistic in that mistakes are made,
people aren’t all likable, and not all endings are completely
satisfactory, yet there is still hope.
THE THIRD SIN (Pol Proc-DI Marjory Fleming-Scotland-Contemp) – G+
Templeton, Aline – 9th in series
Allison and Busby – April 2015