Tennison (Jane Tennison Series #1)

Tennison (Jane Tennison Series #1)

by Lynda La Plante

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Overview

Before Prime Suspect there was Tennison - this is her story

1973. After leaving the Metropolitan Police Training Academy, 22 year-old Jane Tennison is placed on a probationary exercise in Hackney, London where criminality thrives. At first she struggles to deal with the shocking situations she faces, receiving no help or sympathy from her superiors. Jane feels out of her depth in this male-dominated, chauvinistic environment. Then she is given her first murder case . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499861341
Publisher: Zaffre
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: Jane Tennison Series , #1
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 246,109
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.40(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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Tennison 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous 9 days ago
The writing (especially dialogue) is a bit stiff, but the plot races forward and it's interesting to see Jane Tennison as a young officer and learn her background.
Anonymous 14 days ago
This is a really well written book . It has a great character development and a very creative plot.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Crandomblog More than 1 year ago
First impressions are important and I had never heard of Lynda La Plante, long time followers know I absolutely adore Karin Slaughter. After seeing the visually appealing cover, I looked at is closer and was rather impressed with the praise spoke by Karin Slaughter slapped on the cover. When I started reading the book, I was not disappointed at all. Lynda La Plante has a way of drawing you in and capturing your attention from the get go. The reader gets to follow Jane Tennison as she is going through the struggles of trying to earn her way onto the detective squad and dealing with the male ego on a daily basis while trying to work her way up. There are two cases going on in this book, one of which keeps you guessing who done it, the other you get to watch both sides as the story unfolds. It is a spell binding story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, all the way to the very shocking twist at the end. Lynda La Plante is an absolutely talented writer and I am just dying to get my hands on book two in the Jane Tennison series.
ReadingCornerforAll More than 1 year ago
I have a soft spot for strong female characters in literature and I simply could not get enough of Lynda La Plante's character of Jane Tennison in "Tennison." The thriller and mystery genre is so saturated with masculine characters and stereotyped personalities that it is very refreshing to read through Plante's original narrative and precise voice that guides us through Tennison's London and the 'police beat.' Plante makes Tennison a very related character as a woman who feels a bit insecure in a 'man's world' but this attribution also makes her stand out more as a character due to the fact that Tennison still embraces herself and makes the best out of her circumstances, determined to stand her ground in a 'male dominated' zone. An excellent read overall!
SimplySusan More than 1 year ago
Jane Tennison is new to the police force. She is a Woman Police Constanble in 1972 where WPC were required to wear skirts and tights, men drank and smoked in the office, and apparently harassment was the norm. Into this world Jane shows up very young and very naive, both personally and professionally. Really the entire book comes down to this. Other than that overriding arc, this was two stories in one and could easily have been broken up into 2 more manageable pieces: the killing of a young woman, and a bank robbery. Other than having Jane involved in both they were unrelated and would have made for strong books on their own. I liked that Ms. LaPlante didn't take the easy route and begin with a character that already knew the ins and outs of the police force. I liked that she let Jane make mistakes. And I even liked that she let Jane's family still treat her like she is an errant teenager. I assume much of this will go away throughout the series as Jane becomes more experienced and less naive about the world around her. I think Ms. LaPlante gave her a good start here. I look forwarding to checking out the rest of the series! A preview copy of this book was provided by Bookishfirst and Bonnier Zaffre in exchange for an honest review.
WhereTheBookmarkEnds More than 1 year ago
I am a little late on the reviewing. I blame the flu. I have never heard of Tennison before I read this book as I had never seen the TV show (or knew that there was a book beforehand). I was happy to hear about it though because I really liked the book and I need to hunt down the show. I always love finding books where a female is the front and center, especially in a male dominated field of employment. Jane is a fascinating character and one that I feel is complex. The book does a good job of introducing you to the world of Jane early on and I did find myself engaged. The only issue I had with the book was it was a little too long, in my opinion, and I think this book could have worked as maybe two books.
LisaB95 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from BookishFirst. I just loved this book! If you’re into British mystery shows and Agatha Christie, you would love this. In fact, I was talking about it to my husband and he said he’s seen the movie or series, I can’t remember which one was made. I do know there is a series out with Jane Tennison. I’m going to find it and watch it. I admired how Jane was a cop during a time when it was all male. No matter how hard they made it on her or what they would say to her, she stuck it out. Her boss was rotten but she never talked back. She earned respect from quite a few men. I would’ve turned tail and ran crying. There were areas where the book seemed to slow down but not enough to deter from reading. I think it was needed because it was parts that were more personal. I fell in love with some of the characters and there were parts that broke my heart. I can’t reveal anything because it would spoil it, but those parts were needed to make it all the more real and true to real life. It was nice to read a book set in the 70s before cell phones and advanced techniques in crime solving. It brought a sense of nostalgia.
LisaB95 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from BookishFirst. I just loved this book! If you’re into British mystery shows and Agatha Christie, you would love this. In fact, I was talking about it to my husband and he said he’s seen the movie or series, I can’t remember which one was made. I do know there is a series out with Jane Tennison. I’m going to find it and watch it. I admired how Jane was a cop during a time when it was all male. No matter how hard they made it on her or what they would say to her, she stuck it out. Her boss was rotten but she never talked back. She earned respect from quite a few men. I would’ve turned tail and ran crying. There were areas where the book seemed to slow down but not enough to deter from reading. I think it was needed because it was parts that were more personal. I fell in love with some of the characters and there were parts that broke my heart. I can’t reveal anything because it would spoil it, but those parts were needed to make it all the more real and true to real life. It was nice to read a book set in the 70s before cell phones and advanced techniques in crime solving. It brought a sense of nostalgia.
gabizago More than 1 year ago
If you like detective stories, you’re gonna love this! Jane Tennison is a probationer officer aspiring to become a detective at a police station in London in an area of high criminality. She slowly gets involved in bigger cases - and the book focuses on two of them: a murder associated with drugs, and a bank robbery. You also get to know more about this unique character, a single lady that still lives with her parents in the 1970s, but slowly realizes she needs to move on to get on with her life. The story is involving, and full of surprises - in the beginning, middle, and even in the end - so it will get you hooked from page 1. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and follow the character in her next set of adventures! This is actually a prequel, so there's plenty of other books to read (and more to follow). I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange of my honest review.
angnay01 More than 1 year ago
When I started off reading this book I was not sure I would like it. I found that I actually enjoyed it. We are taken back to the 70's. Jane is a new probationer with the Metropolitan Police. She is mostly used to fetch coffee or sandwiches. Until one day she gets her chance to help on a new murder case. Jane is a young naive girl with a lot to learn. I liked the face that there were actually two cases going on at one time. I felt it made the read a little more interesting rather than focusing on only one case. I mean after all, let's be realistic there are always multiple cases going on in real life. I was quite surprised by some of the character developments and most definitely the ending. I will be interested in reading the next book in the series. I was given a copy of the book for my honest opinion.
Nurse98 More than 1 year ago
I was not familiar with Jane Tennison, did not know there are previous books and a T.V. show about her. But now that I am, I will definitely be reading more by this author and more books about Jane. The book started out a little slow but had a good build up towards the end that I did not see coming. Jane is a great character, I know this is just her first few cases we saw and she has great potential to grow as a character, which I guess she already has done as there are books about her when she is older. I really liked Kath and I am sad I won't get to read more about her. The male cop characters seemed stereotypical but I think they probably were really like that, especially in the 70's. I am excited to read more about Jane trying to make it in a predominately male world. Can't wait to dig into the next book!
Nanna51 More than 1 year ago
Jane Tennison is a probationer with the police in London and is working hard to become a detective. Her character is portrayed realistically; she is a young woman on her own for the first time in her life and is making decisions that could affect her career and the lives of others. She is clever and witty, so the book is entertaining. Jane inadvertently comes across evidence that there could be a bank robbery about to happen, so she helps the police department set up an important sting to catch all of the would-be thieves. Jane befriends several people in her section, DCI Bradfield, who is her supervisor and Kath Morgan, another probationer like her. All of the characters are so lifelike that reading the book was like watching a movie. And at the end of the book, you certainly want to know more about how Jane makes out in life and if she ever becomes the detective that she wants to be. Filled with humor and wit, this is a must-read for those who enjoy British mysteries. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is set in London, early 70s. Jane Tennis on is one of 2 female police officers. Both are doing a probationary period. Most of the men aren't really fond of giving them anything to do other than answering phones or filing. Jane wants to work real cases though and manages to get involved in a murder case. I feel this author is over descriptive at times. The author uses the words and language from the time period, which I found confusing at times during the story. I think the story was long and drawn out. I found myself becoming bored. I didn't like or dislike any of the characters, I have an ambivalent feeling towards pretty much everything about this book. Kudos to the author for all the research in the term for this time period, but this book was just not for me.