#BlogTour| #BookReview | GOOD FRIDAY (Tennison #3) by Lynda LaPlante @LaPlanteLynda (August 24th 2017, Bonnier Zaffre @BonnierZaffre @ed_pr)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for GOOD FRIDAY – the lastest in the Jane Tennison series by the wonderful Lynda LaPlante.

I would like to say that I am blown away to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Annabelle Wright at ED PR, Bonnier Zaffre and of course the fantastic Lynda LaPlante who gifted me an early copy of GOOD FRIDAY. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

BEFORE ‘PRIME SUSPECT’ THERE WAS TENNISON . Every legend has a beginning . . . During 1974 and 1975 the IRA subjected London to a terrifying bombing campaign. In one day alone, they planted seven bombs at locations across central London. Some were defused – some were not.Jane Tennison is now a fully-fledged detective.

On the way to court one morning, Jane passes through Covent Garden Underground station and is caught up in a bomb blast that leaves several people dead, and many horribly injured. Jane is a key witness, but is adamant that she can’t identify the bomber. When a photograph appears in the newspapers, showing Jane assisting the injured at the scene, it puts her and her family at risk from IRA retaliation.

‘Good Friday’ is the eagerly awaited date of the annual formal CID dinner, due to take place at St Ermin’s Hotel. Hundreds of detectives and their wives will be there. It’s the perfect target. As Jane arrives for the evening, she realises that she recognises the parking attendant as the bomber from Covent Garden. Can she convince her senior officers in time, or will another bomb destroy London’s entire detective force?

So, you want to know what I think?

When the team at ED PR and Bonnier Zaffre reached out and asked if I would like to review an early copy of GOOD FRIDAY – I think I did a little wee! I was SO excited for this latest book, I cannot tell you!

I devoured TENNISON last year. Then made quick work of HIDDEN KILLERS. There is a certain charm in reading a police procedural based in yesteryear. Where the police are not just reliant on the latest technologies – this is real, gritty police work – with all the cues to political correctness thrown in for good measure. We get more character development with Jane in GOOD FRIDAY as she explores life away from the Section House and also meeting people outside of the police force.

Jane has now been a part of the Met Police for four years and after her stint with CID in HIDDEN KILLERS, how now made the move to the Dip Squad in order to further her ambitions into the Flying Squad. I loved reading the interactions Jane has with the Dip Squad as it has a very different atmosphere and personality to her previous stations. You finally get the sense that Jane is being somewhat accepted in what was still a very male dominated service.

The only *small* disappointment I had with GOOD FRIDAY is that a key character from the first two books (also one my favourite characters) is only spoken about and doesn’t appear in this book. I understand the reasons why, as not every character Jane has had interactions with should feature in each book, especially as she moves around each precincts. However, I loves me some of this character and I would have loved to read more of their next movements and how their story progresses. I’m thinking a letter to Lynda asking her specifically for a side-novella 😉

With all that said, I for one am certainly waiting with baited breath to read what is next in store for Jane. This is one of those series that I will be recommending for a long time to come!
About Lynda LaPlante;

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Lynda La Plante (born Lynda Titchmarsh) is a British author, screenwriter, and erstwhile actress (her performances in Rentaghost and other programmes were under her stage name of Lynda Marchal), best known for writing the Prime Suspect television crime series.

Her first TV series as a scriptwriter was the six part robbery series Widows, in 1983, in which the widows of four armed robbers carry out a heist planned by their deceased husbands.

In 1991 ITV released Prime Suspect which has now run to seven series and stars Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison. (In the United States Prime Suspect airs on PBS as part of the anthology program Mystery!) In 1993 La Plante won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for her work on the series. In 1992 she wrote at TV movie called Seekers, starring Brenda Fricker and Josette Simon, produced by Sarah Lawson.

She formed her own television production company, La Plante Productions, in 1994 and as La Plante Productions she wrote and produced the sequel to Widows, the equally gutsy She’s Out (ITV, 1995). The name “La Plante” comes from her marriage to writer Richard La Plante, author of the book Mantis and Hog Fever.

Her output continued with The Governor (ITV 1995-96), a series focusing on the female governor of a high security prison, and was followed by a string of ratings pulling miniseries: the psycho killer nightmare events of Trial & Retribution (ITV 1997-), the widows’ revenge of the murders of their husbands & children Bella Mafia (1997) (starring Vanessa Redgrave), the undercover police unit operations of Supply and Demand (ITV 1998), videogame/internet murder mystery Killer Net (Channel 4 1998) and the female criminal profiler cases of Mind Games (ITV 2001).

Good Friday by Lynda La Plante is out now, published by Bonnier Zaffre in hardback. RRP £18.99.

You can buy GOOD FRIDAY from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

-S.

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 14/08/2017 |GOOD FRIDAY (Tennison #3) by Lynda LaPlante @LaPlanteLynda (August 24th 2017, Bonnier Zaffre @BonnierZaffre)

Title: GOOD FRIDAY (Tennison #3)
Author:
Lynda LaPlante
Publisher:
Bonnier Zaffre
Publication Date: August 24th 2017

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BEFORE ‘PRIME SUSPECT’ THERE WAS TENNISON . Every legend has a beginning . . . During 1974 and 1975 the IRA subjected London to a terrifying bombing campaign. In one day alone, they planted seven bombs at locations across central London. Some were defused – some were not.Jane Tennison is now a fully-fledged detective.

On the way to court one morning, Jane passes through Covent Garden Underground station and is caught up in a bomb blast that leaves several people dead, and many horribly injured. Jane is a key witness, but is adamant that she can’t identify the bomber. When a photograph appears in the newspapers, showing Jane assisting the injured at the scene, it puts her and her family at risk from IRA retaliation.

‘Good Friday’ is the eagerly awaited date of the annual formal CID dinner, due to take place at St Ermin’s Hotel. Hundreds of detectives and their wives will be there. It’s the perfect target. As Jane arrives for the evening, she realises that she recognises the parking attendant as the bomber from Covent Garden. Can she convince her senior officers in time, or will another bomb destroy London’s entire detective force?

 

Confession time – I haven’t read any of the Prime Suspect series by Lynda LaPlante!! My first venture into her writing was with TENNISON. The blurb grabbed my attention straight away – a young Jane Tennison, straight from police training, 1970s London. I was HOOKED! I loved the story, the action, the drama – TENNISON had it all!

So imagine how I squealed when Bonnier Zaffre contacted me asking if I would like an early copy of the third book in this series; GOOD FRIDAY!!! I cannot wait to get stuck into this. The blurb has grabbed me already and I can already tell that I am going to be taken on a rollercoaster ride!

This tag was bought to life by the wonderful Lauren at Page Turner 20

Be sure to go and check out her page for more information on how to get involved!

-S.

#IncidentReport | #BookReview | HIDDEN KILLERS by Lynda LaPlante @LaPlanteLynda ‏(October 20th 2016, Simon & Schuster UK @simonschusterUK)

HIDDEN KILLERS by Lynda LaPlante (October 20th 2016, Simon & Schuster UK)

Rating; ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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HIDDEN KILLERS sees Jane acting as a ‘decoy’ prostitute, with the hope of capturing a suspect wanted for numerous sexual assaults.  The attacker is drawn in and put under arrest. 

Commended for bravery in the case, Jane is given CID status and moves from Hackney to Bow Street Station as Detective.  Her first call-out is to a non-suspicious death.  The victim is a young mother, drowned tragically in her bath, leaving a bereft and doting husband and a young child.

The two storylines interweave as Jane begins to doubt the evidence against her assailant in East London, and becomes certain that the young woman in the bath did not drown in tragic circumstances.  Two entirely different cases but one common thread – the lingering doubt in Jane’s mind around the evidence, and around her colleagues…

 

In anticipation for GOOD FRIDAY; the third book in the TENNISON series (Jane Tennison of PRIME SUSPECT, set in her early years as a police offer in the 1970s) being released on August 24th, I thought it about time I sit and read HIDDEN KILLERS.

I loved TENNISON. There was something beautiful about the simplicity of the story, but balanced with enough action, story and character development that I enjoy reading in police procedurals.

Jane has proved once again that she is a force to be reckoned with. She has to fight her way through the male dominated CID team in order to get noticed. And she does get noticed – a lot of the time for the wrong reasons, but she is a tough cookie and never seems to let too much get to her. She can be too professional for her own good at times!

The one aspect that made me want to come back for more is the setting. I’m starting to become ‘anti-technology’, and this is spilling over into what I like to read. There are too many fictional crime stories (both TV and books) where the detectives rely heavily on the techology to solve crimes. HIDDEN KILLERS, mainly due to being set in the 1970s relies more on ‘old fashioned’ policing.

As someone who has been introduced to Jane Tennison through the prequel series, I wait with a nervous and exciting energy as to what she has to face next. I’m looking forward to sharing my views with you on GOOD FRIDAY when the book is released on August 24th.

Until then, you can buy HIDDEN KILLERS from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

-S.

#GoodreadsMonday – Hidden Killers by Lynda LaPlante (@LaPlanteLynda)

Title: HIDDEN KILLERS
Author:
Lynda LaPlante
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: October 20th, 2016

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Blurb:
Hidden Killers sees Jane acting as a ‘decoy’ prostitute, with the hope of capturing a suspect wanted for numerous sexual assaults.  The attacker is drawn in and put under arrest.  Commended for bravery in the case, Jane is given CID status and moves from Hackney to Bow Street Station as Detective.  Her first call-out is to a non-suspicious death.  The victim is a young mother, drowned tragically in her bath, leaving a bereft and doting husband and a young child.

The two story lines interweave as Jane begins to doubt the evidence against her assailant in East London, and becomes certain that the young woman in the bath did not drown in tragic circumstances.  Two entirely different cases but one common thread – the lingering doubt in Jane’s mind around the evidence, and around her colleagues…

I CANNOT wait to read HIDDEN KILLERS! This is the prequel-sequel to TENNISON which follows a young WPC Jane Tennison as she starts her career in the London Met Police in the early 1970’s. I thoroughly enjoyed TENNISON so I have rather high expectations for this book!

This tag was bought to life by the wonderful Lauren at Page Turner 20

Be sure to go and check out her page for more information on how to get involved!

-S.