The fourth in the 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 Criminal Investigation Department, 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.
The Tennison saga is definitely one of my top cop procedural series right now and this book was everything I needed. Murder Mile reminded me why detective novels are my absolute favorite and I could spend my whole life reading about cops investigating murders. How I wish I could do it for a living 🙃
Jane Tennison is not so innocent now that we’re on book #4 and even though she still suffers from discrimination, her colleagues respect her much more (although they’re all still pigs. Except Paul, I love Paul). Jane is now a WDS (Woman! Detective Sargeant) and she proves once more how great a detective she is. I really love how she interacts with all her colleagues and I would love her to be my friend. She’s awesome.
What I loved the most about this book is that I feel all interactions and dialogues feel realistc and thorough. The characters make mistakes and are not perfect and admit when they’re wrong: “I missed that”, “Oh, I hadn’t considered that option”. I also feel like Lynda’s strength is in creating multi-layered characters that you feel you’ve known your whole life. Do you know when a fictional characters speaks and you already know who it is based on what they’ve said? That’s precisely what happens when I read the Tennison series. All the characters are perfectly written.
And the plot was super intriguing as well. The investigation was thorough and detailed and that’s something I want to highlight. You must love this kind of stuff (and I know I do), because otherwise, the book might not be for you. It focuses on police dynamics quite a lot and although there are mentions of the characters’ personal lives, those are not so important.
Have you read any of Tennison books? I personally loved this one more than the second and third one. It might be my favorite along with the first! 💙