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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Outdated Cruelty is Not For Me…

This offering is so outdated is was laughable at times… explaining microwave ovens..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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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • RM Magi
  • 01-20-22

Enjoyable listen

Initially disappointed in the narration with some pronunciations such as Dermot with too much emphasis on the mot and I was sure they said Rosemary beads instead of rosary. However, after that the narrative was excellent, Rachel Atkins sounds just like HM’s JT.

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  • Carolyn
  • 12-01-21

Engaging tale, brilliant narration.

An exciting story, excellent characterisation made even better by an outstanding narration by Rachel Atkins. She brings to life each character with a unique voice and never overdoes the emphasis of emotion which some narrators make the mistake of doing. Her calm voice when Tennison interrogates witnesses and suspects is perfect.

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  • Karen S.
  • 11-16-21

Fab book

What another fab book in the Tennison series .. brilliant narration too . Highly recommend this series

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  • H.A.
  • 11-12-21

Excellent audiobook.

I love Lynda La Plante's work. excellent audiobooks, really engrossing. Rachel Atkins is an Amazing narrator. love all the accents. I had to read all way through. I couldn't turn this off. Thank you Audible for recommending these books to me.

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  • Richard Maidment
  • 10-29-21

Best One Yet!

After listening to the other books in this Tennison series, I thought this story was the most intriguing.Jane has moved Stations and has bought her own house . I liked the fact that the case she is working on runs parallel to her personal life, so the listener becomes involved with a mixture of her work and social life, rather than just the case and life at the Station dominating the story.There are also quite a few humorous parts in this one. Overall, I thought this audible had quite a few differences from the previous ones, possibly because the main character has climbed the ranks and is less overpowered by her team.I also thought that the plot relating to the Convent had a good historic feel and kept the listener guessing.The Narrator was very good ,especially when speaking as the central character, however I could not hear the diction properly when she tried to speak Maltese as the Priest or French when they were dining out! It was definitely an audible that you couldn't stop listening to and held your attention throughout.

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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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  • 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.