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Can Jane Tennison uncover a serial killer?  

The fourth in the Sunday Times best-selling Jane Tennison thrillers, Murder Mile is set in 1979 at the height of the 'Winter of Discontent', when 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.

©2018 Lynda La Plante (P)2018 Bonnier Zaffre

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I thought I'd Like these more....

I am a huge fan of Lynda la plante and the Jane Tennyson stories so when they started making prequels to the Prime Suspect books I was pretty excited. After reading the first 4, I admit that I'm having a bit of a difficult time. The environment is so unceasingly negative it can be difficult to read the stories. The hatred and backstabbing of the male detectives is so unceasing it just gets depressing. At first I was interested in following Jane's journey but after 4 books, it's pretty clear why she ends up a lonely alcoholic. The actual mysteries are good with tight plots and interesting characters. I prefer the narrator of the 4th book as she wasn't so girlish. I will try 1 more book but I am not sure how much more I want to read about Jane's terrible mistreatment at the hands of the male establishment.

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Volume changes made it impossible to listen to.

Conversations in the book taking place over the telephone resulted in constant volume control up and down. It's too difficult to hear the person slightly altered to demonstrate a telephone connection without turning up the volume and then it's blasting loud as it changes to normal parts of narration. After an hour over several days, I gave up on it.

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Amazingly Captivating

This book kept my attention all the way through. I was happy that the main character got her shine in a man dominate workforce. It wasn't filled with description nor gave a back story for every character, which I hate. Great read for simple entertainment.

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Excellent

I have heard of La Plante but never read but never read her. This is the first book by her I have tried, and it is excellent. The narrator does an excellent job, and the police procedural is detailed and interesting.

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Great Book!

A well written book with lots of excitement and mystery. Love the Jane Tennison character.

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Page-Turner!!!

I was completely captivated by this fast-paced, page-turner! The sexism of the past is front and center in this book.

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Had Potential

The book had great potential but quickly spirals into a social justice statement that’s irrelevant in today’s world.

Not worth the read.

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Well written, BUT

The plot and writing are intelligent and engaging, I listened all the way to the end. However, I have to agree with another reviewer that everything is presented in a negative light - the interactions between the police murder team, Tennison's relationship with her family, to say nothing of the gruesome and gory recount of the several murders that take place. In other words, there aren't many characters here that are consistently likeable and that makes for a rather tiresome listen. Eleven and a half hours of human misery broken only by some slightly sappy and overly sentimental scenes. A bit of humor would have improved this book immensely.

Tennison herself leaves me feeling a bit meh. She seems to become the hero only because of her ability to tolerate other's bad behavior and keep going, and I'm not sure how admirable that really is. Maybe I have come to prefer stories in contemporary settings where women receive more respect and are able to stand up for themselves when they don't. The dynamic of a woman having to prove herself, over and over, to rather ridiculous men is perhaps meant to be inspiring, but I found it to be the opposite.

I won't be continuing with this series.

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Predictable

IFK I like her writing but it was easy for me to figure out the ending

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  • 11-06-18

Beginning of a long hard road

narration very good. was like watching a movie.
Good to see Jane's character beginning to develope.

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  • Tracey
  • 05-13-19

enjoyable

great story which I would recommend. well read but the terrible accents spoilt it for me and made me cringe (Scots and jamaican),it would be better if the narrator didn't try accents that are really bad and just read it in her own voice as they are not needed or relevant to the story.

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  • P
  • 02-17-19

Reasonable read

I was hoping for a bit more from this book. It was my first Lynda La Plante. Performance was pretty good, although some of the accents challenged the narrator. It did drag a little in places and would probably be a better TV episode than book.

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  • K
  • 11-03-21

Dated

Mostly awful because both police procedure and gender/sexual equality has come a long way.
Sometimes we’re responding to events or the characters’ decision/speech with bemused expressions because their actions seems illogical; sometimes we’re just groaning with the bigotry and outdated ideas.
The plot was alright.
The narrator was fine but her Scottish and Jamaican accents were pretty ropey.

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  • Kate
  • 10-15-21

Superb

I forgot just how good Lynda Is Plants is. Evan though forensics and communication has come along way since the book was set, the story telling and characters and plot are so good that those details don't matter, in fact they add to the frustration of not solving the crimes more quickly.
I don't know if LLP wrote with Helen Mirren in mind but, Helen Mirren IS Jane Tennison following her portrayal for tv of the detective. The narrator of this book picked the traits displayed by Mirren beautifully and I felt as though I was watching rather than listening!
Still makes me fume that Tennison was disrespected by her colleagues so frequently purely on her gender! I sincerely hope things are very different now.

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  • Ceri-Anne
  • 08-24-18

Listened in one sitting!

Tennison never disappoints. Loved it! lisened in pretty much a single sitting. Might have to revisit the original series again now.

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  • frankyfile
  • 10-16-21

disappointing narration

Narrator's character accents ...prefer imagining them as if reading book not listening to a play

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  • S. E. Huxford
  • 02-15-21

quite dreadful

i just wish i hadn't wasted a credit on this.
so dated as to be laughable . badly narrated and not what i call a thriller.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-18

Superb story... dodgy accent warning

Well paced and researched story with well formed characters all round. The only criticism I have is the narrator’s Scottish accent god one character which cane straight out of Brigadoon via Ballamory - grating.

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  • Fee
  • 09-01-22

Very enjoyable

Surprisingly, because the genre is one of my drama preferences, I haven’t watched any of this series on tv. This is also the only book I’ve listened to or read in the series. I did enjoy it, i liked many of the characters. I bought the next immediately after but just couldn’t get in to it.

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  • Janette
  • 01-13-19

Excellent

Enjoyed this story. My first Book by Lynda La Plante. Well written and a great story line.

Fantastic Narration by Anna Louise Plowman. I will keep an eye out for more of her books.

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  • EmTeeEm
  • 09-05-22

Murder Mile

Great thriller. Well written. Well performed. The only thing I didn’t like was the Jamaican accent of one of the characters. The book kept me enthralled to the end even if it was a bit predictable. This is my first Lynda La Plante book but I think I might look to ‘read’ the Jane Tennyson books chronologically.

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  • alan riles
  • 06-26-22

disappointing, DNF

I am a fan of Lynda and her Tennison series but this one just did not engage me. Somewhat middle ground between Jane's meteoric rise and her later achievements that was somehow quite flat. Pity.

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  • William Allan
  • 02-20-22

Great story but narrators accents awful.

Great story which demonstrates the times in police work and discrimination against women. Really enjoyed the book. Shames the narrators accents were so poor.

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  • Liane Mills
  • 02-06-22

Nice detective story

I enjoyed this book although it was very predictable. The lead character Jane was lovely but the continued misogynist and homophobic police was a part I found difficult. It was set in the 1970’s so fitted.

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  • Babs Moy
  • 02-01-22

Gruesome details could be off putting

Beautifully narrated. Good to see the early development of Jane as a detective. Good plot.

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  • Lina
  • 01-31-22

Murder Mile

Thank goodness policing has changed for the good since this story was written in the 70’s. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing until I checked the book details and realised how old this book was. So homophobic in parts. I think Lynda La Plante has gotten better since she wrote this book. I found it weak and had lots of holes in it.. the voices were also hard to work out who was who. Overall I was disappointed

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-31-22

Great story

This was an excellent storyline. Plenty of intrigue and suspense threading through the story. worked out the possible perpetrator about 3/4 of the way through. Had a twist in the tail at the end. Enjoy Lynda's books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-21

Couldn’t get past the narrator

As others have said previously, it was at times difficult to pick out the different characters as they were often similar. What also didn’t help is the very clipped voice - didn’t sound anything like the Jane Tennyson from the TV series. I read this book years ago but just can’t get through this version.

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  • 11-17-21

Early days of Jane Tennison.

Four murders and a suicide make this a gripping story. Well narrated .Another book to add to my favourites