Murder Mile (Jane Tennison Series #4)

Murder Mile (Jane Tennison Series #4)

by Lynda La Plante

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Overview

Prime Suspect meets Ashes to Ashes as we see Jane Tennison starting out on her police career .

The fourth in the bestselling Jane Tennison thrillers, MURDER MILE is set at the height of the 'Winter of Discontent'. Can Jane Tennison uncover a serial killer? February, 1979, 'The Winter of Discontent'. Economic chaos has led to widespread strikes across Britain. Jane Tennison, now a Detective Sergeant, has been posted to Peckham Criminal Investigation Department, one of London's toughest areas. As the rubbish on the streets begins to pile up, so does the murder count: two bodies in as many days. There are no suspects and the manner of death is different in each case. The only link between the two victims is the location of the bodies, found within a short distance of each other near Rye Lane in Peckham. Three days later another murder occurs in the same area. Press headlines scream that a serial killer is loose on 'Murder Mile' and that police incompetence is hampering the investigation. Jane is under immense pressure to catch the killer before they strike again. Working long hours with little sleep, what she uncovers leaves her doubting her own mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499861464
Publisher: Zaffre
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Series: Jane Tennison Series , #4
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 341,862
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lynda La Plante was born in Liverpool. She trained for the stage at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked with the National Theatre and Radio Drama Company before becoming a television actress. She then turned to writing - and made her breakthrough with the phenomenally successful TV series Widows. Her novels have all been international bestsellers.
Her original script for the much-acclaimed Prime Suspect won awards from BAFTA, Emmys, British Broadcasting and Royal Television Society as well as the 1993 Edgar Allan Poe Writer's Award. Lynda has written and produced over 170 hours of international television. Tennison was adapted for TV and was broadcast on PBS in 2017. Lynda is one of only three screenwriters to have been made honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and was awarded the BAFTA Dennis Potter Writer's Award in 2000. In 2008, she was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to Literature, Drama and Charity. She is a member of The Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame and is the only lay person to be made a fellow of The Forensic Science Society.

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Murder Mile (Jane Tennison Series #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Well thoughtout plot with an ending that had a surprising twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept+you+guessing+until+the+end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page turner
Savingsinseconds More than 1 year ago
Some parts of this book really appealed to me. The mystery of a string of murders was interesting; that’s why I kept pushing myself to finish reading it. I liked Jane Tennison’s character. The story takes place in the late 1970s, which the author repeatedly shows by emphasizing the challenge of being a career woman in a man’s world. Some of the book reads like a play, and that was the part I didn’t like. It just wasn’t my favorite writing style. A lot of the characters’ actions and thoughts were directly stated despite the clearly implied tone of the situation. If I read about Moran’s baby one more time, I might have just quit reading altogether. Overall, this wasn’t my favorite story, but it would probably appeal to those who liked the Jane Tennison series. Maybe I’ll try to watch it over Christmas break and that will inspire me to read the series. I won a free copy of this book from the publisher. Opinions shared are mine.
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laurgrant More than 1 year ago
3.75/5 stars which rounds up to 4 This was a fun, old fashioned murder mystery story that was really fun to read. It wasn't super complicated or full of twists, and I think that was perfect for me when I read it because it allowed me to read through it quickly and attentively. I haven't read the previous books in this Tennison series by Lynda La Plante, but I don't think that impacted my reading experience too much. I think that we can discern a lot of what happens in previous books without too much trouble, such as Jane's problems with her male superiors. It seems to be a running issue throughout the books that her male superiors aren't the best and I like how that was thrown in. It allows us readers to connect to Jane more and also for us to get a glimpse into how the past treated women since this novel is set in 1979. Overall, I enjoyed it. I thought it was a fun murder mystery that kept me engaged. Did I love it? No. But it was an enjoyable read and I might consider reading the previous books or any later books that are published.
YourDreamComeTrue More than 1 year ago
Ah, another book by Lynda La Plante. She is such a talented author that I know, no matter what I read of hers, it's going to be good, interesting, gripping, and will leave me by the seat of my pants until I flip the last page. My first book of hers was Widows, and let me tell you, it set high bars as far as writing is concerned, and she does not disappoint. Follow Jane Tennison on her journey to hunt down and discover the identity of a serial killer wreaking havoc and murder on the wintry town. Tennison is a likable and relatable character, who you root for from beginning to end. This book weaves in and out of events seamlessly, never leaving you without suspense and always leaving you with wanting more.
Librarian_V_Reader More than 1 year ago
Librarian: There's a part of me that really wants to add this to the order list. After all we have a lot of British staff members, and many of them would probably enjoy it. On the other hand, we just don't need that many adult books. We're a school library. So as a librarian, I have to say that I would order this if we were a library that catered primarily to adults. In that situation this book provides a tense well-written mystery centered around an already established character. For my purposes, it fails to provide what's needed. Reader: Confession time: I'd never actually read one of LaPlante's Tennyson novels before I read this one. I mean I knew the character. I've seen Prime Suspect, both the original and that awful US remake, and the short lived prequel series. It wasn't like I had no idea what I was going into. I just never read the books. From now on though, it looks like that's changing. Reading this book provided me with a sense of enjoyment that I wasn't expecting. I enjoyed the mystery and found the tension good, if slightly predictable. Plus I felt like Tennyson felt like Tennyson, which is not actually that easy of a task when working with a preexisting character. All in all I enjoyed the book and would definitely read LaPlante again.
WordPassion More than 1 year ago
Detective Sergeant Jane Tennison is just settling into her rank when a shop vendor finds the body of a young woman on his way to work in Peckham. One of the rougher sides of town and feeling the full effects of the labor strikes with rubbish left to rot and be picked over by rats, it will be no picnic trying to determine who the unknown woman is, who killed her and why. As she and Detective Inspector Gibbs take over the primary investigation under the scrutiny of Detective Chief Inspector Moran, the body of a wealthy older woman is discovered in the boot of her car and yet another young woman is found dead in a homeless men's hostel room. The older woman's son, Andrew, arrogant and philandering and a person of interest has ties to none other than Chief Superintendent Blake, who is caught lying about Andrew's whereabouts on the night the first young woman was murdered and Tennison feels her hands tied consistently tighter as she continues to seek justice for these women. What is their connection to each other? What might their connection be to Andrew? Where is the young man whose room the third woman is found in? Tennison sticks to her gut instincts to unravel the threads connecting them and to bring the killer to justice.
WisReader More than 1 year ago
Jane Tennison has a new fan. Why had I not discovered this series before now? Although at times some of the descriptions made me cringe at my own clothing choices in the 1970s, I enjoyed being recalled to that era. Although the murders and cases being investigated were well written and interesting, I was more fascinated by the characters and their interactions. Although female officers still struggle with acceptance today, Jane's struggles as she rises in the ranks are evident at this earlier time. A solid police procedural novel, this seems to be a series I need to spend more time with. Thank you to Bookish for my copy.
conni7 More than 1 year ago
I haven’t read the other three books in the series, and I did not feel as if I was left in the dark at any point, so I believe this works well as a standalone. The author is apparently quite popular, and she is very talented at building a good detective story as well as fleshing out the characters. The book certainly kept me guessing. I liked how the story started off with well-spoken police officers; however, my opinion quickly changed when they started using the f word and the Lord’s name as a curse word. How sad that the author turned them into stereotypical police officers who can’t run into problems without swearing. Some people may not like that there are homosexual males and plenty of comments that made fun of homosexuals.
conni7 More than 1 year ago
I haven’t read the other three books in the series, and I did not feel as if I was left in the dark at any point, so I believe this works well as a standalone. The author is apparently quite popular, and she is very talented at building a good detective story as well as fleshing out the characters. The book certainly kept me guessing. I liked how the story started off with well-spoken police officers; however, my opinion quickly changed when they started using the f word and the Lord’s name as a curse word. How sad that the author turned them into stereotypical police officers who can’t run into problems without swearing. Some people may not like that there are homosexual males and plenty of comments that made fun of homosexuals.
Katie__B More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars It's been awhile since I've read a police detective mystery and this was certainly a solid read. This was actually my first introduction to Jane Tennison although the character has been around for decades. Helen Mirren starred as Jane Tennison in the series Prime Suspect. This book is the fourth in the Tennison series and is considered a prequel to the television series. The year is 1979 and Detective Sergeant Jane Tennison works for the Peckham Criminal Investigation Department. It looks like a serial killer is on the loose when bodies keep turning up in the same area. Under intense pressure, Jane must catch the killer before the person strikes again. This was just one of those good, old-fashioned police detective mysteries. There weren't any extreme plot twists, but that wasn't necessary because the plot and the main character kept you interested throughout the book. I loved how this took place in the 1970s and how it showed the challenges Jane faced because she was a woman working in a male-dominated field. Would love to go back and read the previous books in the series and check out the tv series as well. I won a free copy of this book from BookishFirst and the publisher. I was under no obligation to post a review here and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
LisaB95 More than 1 year ago
**I received a copy from BookishFirst ** I cannot get enough of Jane Tennison. Before I read the first book about her I had mentioned it to my husband. He told me about the show on PBS he used to watch about her. This intrigued me all the more. My hubby was a cop for years and only watches crime shows that are authentic. This has all my favorite things wrapped into one story! I love how it’s set in the 1970s and the author gets everything correct about that time. I felt like I was back in time. The murders that happen in the book are written so well. Everything about them and the police procedures is so smooth and done so well. What I like most about these books is that they keep me guessing right up to the end. You can also read them in any order and will know what’s going on. Instead of a series, it’s more like stories set in a certain world with the same characters.