2018 Reviews · Book Broadcast · Britain · crime · mystery · thriller

Book Broadcast: Murder Mile by Lynda La Plante


Book Broadcast is a post I have created to help ease the load of the books I have for review. It is a great way to spread the word, providing recognition to an author or publisher for sending me a book to review. As my reviewing and blogging duties have stepped up a notch in the last year, I don’t often have the time to complete an in depth review. I hope you can discover some new titles to read through this regular book post.

Four brutal murders, a city living in fear, a killer on the streets…Prime Suspect’s Jane murder mile smallTennison returns in the 4th book in the bestselling Tennison series, from the doyenne of crime fiction.

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 CID, 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.

Murder Mile is award winning British crime novelist Lynda La Plante’s fourth prequel in the popular Jane Tennison series. I very much enjoyed my second outing with Lynda La Plante. I am a latecomer to this supreme of crime fiction, after I was introduced to La Plante’s work via Good Friday last year, another volume in the Jane Tennison chronicles. This time around, La Plante expertly transports the reader to the year 1979, in Peckham, London. The scene is quickly established by master storyteller Lynda La Plante. As Britain deals with many challenges in the form of economic and political pressures, further turmoil surmounts as ‘The Winter of Discontent’ and strikes occur. Then a dead body is found, closely followed by another and before long, the body count is set at four. Detective sergeant Jane Tennison is placed on the case. La Plante shows us just what detective sergeant Jane Tennison is made of in this latest chapter of the series.  There is less emphasis on forensics and technology, due to the period in which this book is set, so Jane and her team must use their instincts and good old fashioned policing skills to solve this set of crimes. With no leads or suspects, along with the pressure from the intruding media and the need to stop a potential serial killer, this proves to be a hard case to crack. At the same time, we witness Jane’s inner turmoil, her personal problems on the family and home front, along with her career struggles in gaining recognition as a female detective in a male dominated world. Murder Mile is a book that delivers; it covers all fronts, delivering a thrilling read that connects drama, mystery, murder, crime, police tactics and plenty of action. It has a clever but not too complex plot, a nostalgic setting, solid characterisation and it is set to great pace that propels towards a stimulating close of events. Murder Mile reminds us why the Jane Tennison series is so well received and enduring.  I’m confident Murder Mile will draw in new readers to the series, along with loyal fans. For me, as a relative newcomer to this series, I was again prompted to explore Lynda La Plante’s extensive back catalogue.

Murder Mile by Lynda La Plante was published on 15th August 2018 by Allen &  Unwin. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of Murder Mile, Lynda La Plantevisit here

*I wish to thank Allen & Unwin for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.

2 thoughts on “Book Broadcast: Murder Mile by Lynda La Plante

  1. I’ve seen her books around for years but she has so many different series going I wasn’t in a rush to pick one up. Sometimes I wish authors would stick to stand alone books or only one series or at least finish one series before starting the next otherwise it just gets so confusing. I did notice that she has some stand alone books so I’d love to give one of those a go.

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    1. She is quite prolific and very popular. I think a permanent fixture on the crime fiction circuit for many years. It can get too much when they swap series and fail to finish. I tend to pick up stand alones in this case too. I hope you get to discover Lynda’s work one day!


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