JUST PRAY YOU'RE NOT NEXT . . .
The page-turning new Detective Jane Tennison thriller from the Queen of Crime Drama, Lynda La Plante - now available in hardback, eBook and audiobook.
A coffin is dug up by builders in the grounds of an historic convent - inside is the body of a young nun.
In a city as old as London, the discovery is hardly surprising. But when scratch marks are found on the inside of the coffin lid, Detective Jane Tennison believes she has unearthed a mystery far darker than any she's investigated before.
However, not everyone agrees. Tennison's superiors dismiss it as an historic cold case, and the Church seems desperate to conceal the facts from the investigation.
It's clear that someone is hiding the truth, and perhaps even the killer. Tennison must pray she can find both - before they are buried forever . . .
In Unholy Murder, Tennison must lift the lid on the most chilling murder case of her career.
PRAISE FOR LYNDA LA PLANTE:
'The UK's most celebrated female crime author' - DAILY MAIL
'Compelling, clever, and utterly riveting' - RACHEL ABBOTT
'Lynda La Plante practically invented the thriller' - KARIN SLAUGHTER
'Tough, brilliant and damaged, [Tennison] shook up the genre forever by showing a female detective overcoming sexism and adversity to reach the top' - DAILY EXPRESS
Set sometime in the 1970s, La Plante's middling seventh procedural featuring Jane Tennison as a young cop (after 2020's Blunt Force) finds the detective sergeant posted to the CID office in the London borough of Bromley, where she moved after becoming a pariah for bringing down a colleague in her previous assignment. There, workers at a construction site where a convent once stood discover a metal coffin containing the body of a nun, and scratch marks on the inner lid indicate she was sealed in the coffin while still alive. As the crime is likely decades-old and the victim unidentifiable, Tennison faces some opposition to investigating vigorously. The plot unfolds glacially, and Tennison becomes involved with a man connected to the case, an error in judgment that predictably threatens her professional reputation. Indifferent prose (after a date, Tennison asks herself, "Could he finally be Mr. Right?") and a second potential love-interest, also linked to the investigation, don't help. The solution is a yawner and doesn't showcase the investigative skills Tennison displays later in her career. Those fond of TV's Prime Suspect featuring the mature Tennison can safely pass.
Brilliant in audio book