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Publisher's Summary

A coffin is dug up by builders in the grounds of a 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 a 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 to date....

©2021 Lynda La Plante (P)2021 Bonnier Books UK

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Outdated Cruelty is Not For Me…

This offering is so outdated is was laughable at times… explaining microwave ovens.. and 80’s dress sense.. outlandish…
But the Catholic cruelty factor was nauseating and upsetting to the max,
…. Never again will I read her..

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Great Book!

Love all the writings by Lynda La Plante, she is a great at suspense and mystery. Great listen!

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Excellent as usual!

Lynda La Plante, I sure hope you will write many more murder mystery, thriller, mystery, and/or police procedural books! 🙂 Such great characters and interactions between them, as well as interesting story lines, and of course excellent narration as well. What's not to love. I'm addicted to your books.

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  • 08-22-21

Brilliant!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Another fab story from Lynda La Plante, at the top with the rest of the tentison series
Gripping from the first page
Can’t wait for more please Lynda La Plante👍⭐️

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  • D Hollingum
  • 09-03-21

Ouch - & yuck

I hoped this would be a punchy murder-mystery, not a series of overworked clichés about a young policewoman making stupid mistakes whilst falling for someone who could well be a prime suspect. I’ve given up listening 2 hours in to the story. I wanted Jane Tennyson, not Maid Marian. Over-description and trying much to hard to set the story in the late 1970s kill it stone dead. Come on Lynda Laplante, you can do so, so, SO much better than this! Very disappointing indeed.

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  • Leanne 125
  • 10-10-21

Did not finish this book

I have read and loved all Lynda La Plante’s previous books, the Prime Suspect series in particular were brilliantly written and nail bitingly tense. This book I would have said wasn’t written by the same author. The dialogue is lumpy and banal and so lacking in tension I find myself making shopping lists and ideas in my head while the talking goes on in the background unnoticed. Sorry to be critical but I am disappointed, this book is sadly lacking in everything, weak characters and I don’t understand why Jane Tennison has become an ordinary copper with no presence or authority, I couldn’t even be bothered to read beyond chapter 5

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  • gfplux
  • 03-25-22

Very poor and disapointing

I am a great fan but this is one of here poorer efforts. Don't bother is my recommendation

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  • 09-27-21

Mills and Boon

Whoever wrote the screenplay for Prime Suspect on TV was a genius, if this was the kind of La Plante raw material it was based on.
Soppy, sentimental and without tension, the story rarely pokes it head above her attempt to seduce every male character. Having loved Prime Suspect on the TV this was incredibly disappointing and we gave up listening half way through as we lost interest in the story line and didn’t really want to listen to another 6 hours of sentimentality in order to find out who was the perpetrator of the crime.

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  • Brian
  • 02-11-22

Stereotypical

Didn’t really enjoy this one as much as the others inbthevJane Tennyson series. Very stereotypical characters and storyline.

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  • MKMcD
  • 01-22-22

Bad ending

Having listened to all the books this far, I was enjoying this story until the last few chapters the ending seemed rushed and rather flat.

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  • Lucy locket
  • 10-03-21

Another Brilliant Listen

Lynda La Plante has done it again. An absolutely brilliant listen.

Rachel Atkins reads the different parts wonderfully and brings this book to life.

I recommend any Jane Tennison Fans to listen to this. It will not disappoint.

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  • Jacky
  • 08-07-22

Brilliant fast paced murder mystery police drama

Another brilliant book in the young Jane Tennison series an old murder after a metal coffin is dug up on a building site, inside is the body of a nun, nothing surprising there until the scratches are found in the underside of the lid, there is a good mix of the Met and a local police force and it worked well, looking forward to the next book

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  • Chris Harpham
  • 07-08-22

Great Collection

Loved the books, just annoying how the narrator changes on each book which is irritating.

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  • David
  • 12-30-21

Good story

very well read,top marks. Enjoyed listening to the story, highly recommend to anyone who is reading this.




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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-13-21

Not recommended due to narrator

I must be honest, it was hard to follow the story due to the poor narration. I felt like a toddler being read a really inappropriate story at preschool by a lazy, half asleep teacher, with no talent at voices but hey, you have to do what you’re paid to do. The male voices all sounded like a woman imitating an 80s sleezebag for a laugh, and the foreign accents were borderline offensive. Almost worse was the attributions pulled me out every single time as they were so jarring (eg Jane said), which they had a whole different voice for. It became a running joke as we listened I’ve learned a lesson to read reviews on narrators as much as the books now. Such a shame.

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  • Anna
  • 09-14-21

not the best narrator

The story is good but I really didn't like the narration and kept wishing the narrator would just read the book instead of trying to be everyone... badly.
The story is full of twists and turns in true Lynda La Plante style., but it isn't her best book.