Tuesday 5 December 2023

Murder Mile by Lynda La Plante Team Tennison Tour

Today we are reviewing Murder Mile by Lynda La Plante for the Tennison Tour.

Murder Mile (Tennison, #4)Murder Mile by Lynda La Plante
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 2 days

Pages - 419

Publisher - Zaffre

Source - Review copy

Blurb from Goodreads

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

The fourth in the Sunday Times 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 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.

My Review

This is book four in the Tennison series, you can get away with reading this as a standalone but you would be missing great books so I would read the others first. Jane is working her way up the ranks, slowly albeit faster than any female really in the 1970s! Keep in mind the attitudes of males especially in places like the police force and despite Jane being a higher rank she faces misogyny, derogatory and discriminatory behaviours/attitudes from some of her colleagues. Jane is a detective now and this book is investigating a dead body found amongst the gathering rubbish in the streets - there is a strike ongoing. Not long after another body is found and the pressure on Jane and the team is mounting, many eyes are watching and trying to manipulate from all corners!

By book four we are well versed with some of the shocking attitudes of Jane's colleagues, sexism is alive and well and she ends up on the biting end often. We see Jane contemplating her personal life issues as well as huge pressure/stress at work. I like the balance between personal Jane and work Jane because she has to be different with the way work is. I love the authentic feel you get for the time period, from what they wear, the music, even the "mundane" everyday things. If you are of a certain age you appreciate these things and how much it strengthens the world/timeline created.

We also get throwbacks/mentions/nods to things that had happened in previous books and I love how Tennison gets overlooked or put down and she shines through and shows her metal and intelligence over and over. I don't mean I like how bad she is treated because it rips my knittin but that the way they put her in a box or mistreat/belittle her and it just pushes her through.

I have the next couple of books lined up and can't wait to see what is next for our team especially in light of what happened in this one. Pacey, shocking and more than a few oh no they didn't moments, 4/5 from me for this one!

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