In The Spotlight: Aline Templeton’s Last Act of All

Having been a ‘too smart for the own good’ kinda child in a village I instantly remembered the gloomy pressure it can hit us with.

Wonderful idea of a complex crime fiction in seeming simplicity of the rural life.

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Spotlight Hello, All,

Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. There’s something about the insular small village that lends itself very effectively to a crime novel. Whether the author chooses a psychological focus or a whodunit focus (or some combination), the small village can add real context to a novel. Let’s take a look at how that works today, and turn the spotlight on Aline Templeton’s Last Act of All, a standalone (so far as I’m aware) and not part of her DI Fleming series.

As the story begins, Helena Radley has just been released from prison for the killing of her first husband, soap opera star Neville Fielding. She and her new husband, Edward Radley, return to the village of Radensfield where they live, and she tries to start over, with Edward only too eager to put the whole thing behind them.

The novel then goes back to…

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