TLC Book Tour Review: Prime Suspect #1 and #2 by Lynda La Plante


Prime Suspect
Lynda La Plante
Prime Suspect, #1
Harper Paperbacks
January 17, 2012
288 pages
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4/5 Books

The moment Jane Tennison takes over Scotland Yard’s investigation into the death of sex worker Della Mornay, two grim facts become immediately clear to her. First, that the constabulary’s old boy club is determined to hinder, harass, and undermine the new female Detective Chief Inspector at every turn. And second, that their murder victim isn’t Della Mornay.

Now the police are a step behind, and a madman is loose on the streets of London. To apprehend the criminal stalking women through the city’s shadows, Tennison will have to steel herself against the hostility of her fellow officers and conceal her own mounting obsession with breaking through the glass ceiling of the station house—even as department politics, a crumbling relationship, and a wickedly elusive prime suspect threaten her very existence.

A dark and riveting race against the clock, Prime Suspect is an unforgettable introduction to this bestselling series from Edgar Award-winning author Lynda La Plante.

A Face In The Crowd
Lynda La Plante
Prime Suspect, #2
Harper Paperbacks
January 17, 2012
256 pages
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4/5 Books

The coroner’s report identifies the body as young, black, female, and impossibly anonymous. Yet one thing is clear to Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison about the latest victim discovered in one of London’s poorest districts—that news of her murder will tear apart a city already crackling with racial tensions, hurling Scotland Yard and Tennison herself into a maelstrom of shocking accusations and sudden, wrenching violence.

Even as London’s brutal killer remains at large, Tennison remains locked in a struggle to overcome her station house’s brutal chauvinism and insidious politicking. And as the department’s deeply rooted racism rears its head to overshadow every facet of her new investigation, the trail of her prime suspect is growing colder. Worse, when the details of the beleaguered detective’s stormy personal life explode across the headlines of London’s sleaziest tabloids, Tennison’s already frenzied determination to bring the killer to justice will be catapulted into obsession—one that could send her spiraling over the edge.

Author Lynda La Plante

About The Author:
Lynda La Plante’s fourteen novels, including the Prime Suspect series, have all been international bestsellers. She is an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and a member of the UK Crime Writers Awards Hall of Fame. She runs her own television production company and lives in London and Easthampton, New York.

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My Review:
I’m a huge crime fiction lover and I especially love those that are based on truth. So, when the chance arose to review books 1 and 2 in Ms. La Plante’s Prime Suspect series, I jumped. What I found in these two books was gripping complexity that will leave the reader hungry for more!

In Prime Suspect, Jane Tennison’s a woman doing a man’s job. And those men…well, they aren’t too pleased about it, so she has a lot to prove. All she wants is a chance to lead an investigation and prove that she’s worthy of doing it the boys’ way. She gets her break, when quite unexpectedly, the lead Chief Investigator dies of heart failure and she’s thrown into the driver’s seat of a murder investigation. Tennison digs around and digs deep, causing a lot of ruckus around the precinct. When the clues she finds lead to a new angle, the Prime Suspect is set for release.

I really enjoyed reading about Tennison’s tense investigation and watching her prove herself to the boys. I felt myself transform to the middle of the story, as I saw the events unfold through her eyes. It really was a good ride as I followed her on the investigation, searching for the clues, and trying to find out just who the real victim was!

In A Face In Crowd, the tensions are once again rising and leaping to the heart of the story. Tennison is back in full swing and her investigating is once again complex. She’s still on a bout to prove her self as the Chief Investigator to her male co-workers. They still don’t feel she’s up to the work, but when another killer is on the loose in the heart of London, it will be up to Tennison to, once again, prove that she can get the prime suspect before they escape.

The ride was once again a tense one, this time, filled with racism and hatred of the worst. Will Tennison be able to capture her suspect, and once again, close a case before her personal issues are laid before all of London?

These books were, to me, some of the best written pieces of work. Most of the crime novels I read are based here in the States, but reading these ones that are based in London, was awesome. I become a part of London, and each page brought with it a new piece to the puzzle, yet I couldn’t quite grasp the who-dun-it until the very last pages. I definitely recommend these books with 4 Books and two thumbs up. Ms. La Plante is an author who’s works are going on my wish list now!

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  • Reply Kathleen Kelly

    I love this series on TV both the US and England versions. I have not read the books though. Great review Molly..

    22 March, 2012 at 3:14 pm
    • Reply Molly

      I’ve never seen the series, but it’s definitely piqued my interest in them. I’ll have to see about checking it out! 🙂

      22 March, 2012 at 4:31 pm
  • Reply Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours

    “ome of the best written pieces of work” – wow, that’s fantastic! So glad you enjoyed these.

    Thanks for being on the tour.

    23 March, 2012 at 2:52 pm
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