Lynda La Plante Books

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Lynda La Plante (born with the name Lynda Titchmarsh) was born March 15, 1943 in Liverpool. She studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where some of her classmates were people like Ian McShane, Anthony Hopkins, and John Hurt. After she got done with school, she began an acting career, and acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company in different productions (using Lynda Marchal as a stage name).

Order of Dolly Rawlins Series

1Widows 1985Description / Buy
2Widows Revenge 1994Description / Buy
3She's Out 1995Description / Buy

Order of Legacy Series

1The Legacy 1987Description / Buy
2The Talisman 1988Description / Buy

Order of Jane Tennison Series

1Tennison 2015Description / Buy
2Hidden Killers 2017Description / Buy
3Good Friday 2017Description / Buy
4Murder Mile 2018Description / Buy
5The Dirty Dozen 2019Description / Buy
6Blunt Force 2020Description / Buy
7Unholy Murder 2021Description / Buy

Order of Prime Suspect Series

1Prime Suspect 1991Description / Buy
2A Face in the Crowd 1992Description / Buy
3Silent Victims 1993Description / Buy

Order of Lorraine Page Series

1Cold Shoulder 1994Description / Buy
2Cold Blood 1997Description / Buy
3Cold Heart 1998Description / Buy

Order of Trial and Retribution Series

1Trial and Retribution 1997Description / Buy
2Trial and Retribution II 1998Description / Buy
3Trial and Retribution III 1999Description / Buy
4Trial and Retribution IV 2000Description / Buy
5Trial and Retribution V 2002Description / Buy
6Trial and Retribution VI 2002Description / Buy

Order of Anna Travis Series

1Above Suspicion 2004Description / Buy
2The Red Dahlia 2006Description / Buy
3Clean Cut 2007Description / Buy
4Deadly Intent 2008Description / Buy
5Silent Scream 2009Description / Buy
6Blind Fury 2010Description / Buy
7Blood Line 2011Description / Buy
8Backlash 2012Description / Buy
9Wrongful Death 2013Description / Buy

Order of DC Jack Warr Series

1Buried 2020Description / Buy
2Judas Horse 2021Description / Buy

Order of Lynda La Plante Standalone Novels

1Bella Mafia 1990Description / Buy
2Civvies 1992Description / Buy
3Framed 1992Description / Buy
4Entwined 1992Description / Buy
5Seekers 1993Description / Buy
6Lifeboat (Short Story) 1994Description / Buy
7The Governor 1995Description / Buy
8Sleeping Cruelty 2001Description / Buy
9Royal Flush / Royal Heist 2002Description / Buy
10Twisted 2014Description / Buy

Order of Lynda La Plante Short Stories/Novellas

1The Little One (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
2The Escape (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy

Lynda La Plante Anthologies

1 Like a Charm2004Description / Buy
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Her biggest acting credit is for her work on “Rentaghost” (which is an English program for children), where she played a ghost (named Tamara Novek) that suffered from hay-fever. While she worked on “The Gentle Touch”, she worked on a treatment that was meant for a television series about a bank robbery that gets botched. It got some of the highest ratings in the early part of the eighties.

This led to her being a sought after writer and would make her debut in crime fiction writing with “The Legacy” which was released in 1987. From the year 1979 until the year 1996, she was married to Richard La Plante (who is a musician); the marriage ended with the couple getting divorced, after they were married for seventeen years.

La Plante writes novels and for the screen (she is most known for “Prime Suspect”, a television series). She has written the “Trial and Retribution” series, the “Jane Tennison” series, the “Legacy” series, the “Dolly Rawlins” series, the “Anna Travis” series, some short fiction, and some stand alone novels.


She was given a Dennis Potter Writers Award from BAFTA. She also won an Edgar Allen Poe Writers’s Award. “Prime Suspect” was given an Emmy for best mini series. For her services to Charity, to literature and drama, she was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the year 2008.


The “Anna Travis” series was made into a series, that La Plante wrote and produced. Ciaran Hinds and Kelly Reilly starred.


For those readers looking to get into novels by Lynda La Plante, this section will help with that. It will go over the novels “Above Suspicion”, “The Red Dahlia”, and “Clean Cut”.

Above Suspicion: This is the first novel in the “Anna Travis” series and was released in the year 2004. Anna Travis is a rookie female detective who has just been given her first murder case to investigate. It is quite a gruesome case. All the killings are identical, all the girls have the same background as they all work as prostitutes.

When the book starts, body number seven is found, same method, but the killer has killed a sweet young student. Anna finds a piece of information that links the killings to a much loved (not to mention well known) actor.

He protests in a convincing way, and Anna might just be giving in to his attention. What if he is put in jail for the crime, but he is innocent? Will he be able to deal with the media attention from that?

The Red Dahlia: This is the second novel in the “Anna Travis” series and was released in the year 2006. A young girl’s body is found on the banks, near the Thames, and the police are even shocked by how brutal she was killed. She was horribly mutilated, drained of ever ounce of her blood, and cut in half. It mirrors the famous Black Dahlia murder that happened in Los Angeles in the forties.

Anna Travis (a Detective Inspector) has to fight time to catch the copycat killer. She turns to James Langton (a brilliant Detective Chief Inspector and Anna’s mentor); the rough patch they are going through in their relationship complicates things. And then a second girl turns up dead.

Clean Cut: This is the third novel in the “Anna Travis” series and was released in the year 2007. James Langton is hunting some illegal immigrants who killed a young prostitute; he is ruthless in his search for them. One of the immigrants almost kills him, and Anna bears most of the frustrations he has and helps get his wounds healing. All the while, she puts her own career, not to mention life, on hold for him.

One of the cases that she is working on, that involves the murder of a quiet woman (there seems to be no motive that they can find), turns out it is linked to James Langton’s. She is now the gang’s next target.

When Does The Next Lynda La Plante book come out?

Lynda La Plante doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Unholy Murder and was released on August, 19th 2021. It is the newest book in the Jane Tennison Series.

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