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).

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Order of Dolly Rawlins Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Widows 1985 Description / Buy
2 Widows Revenge 1994 Description / Buy
3 She's Out 1995 Description / Buy

Order of Legacy Series

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

Order of Jane Tennison Series

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1 Tennison 2015 Description / Buy
2 Hidden Killers 2017 Description / Buy
3 Good Friday 2017 Description / Buy
4 Murder Mile 2018 Description / Buy
5 The Dirty Dozen 2019 Description / Buy
6 Blunt Force 2020 Description / Buy
7 Unholy Murder 2021 Description / Buy
8 Dark Rooms 2023 Description / Buy
9 A Taste of Blood 2023 Description / Buy
10 Whole Life Sentence 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Prime Suspect Series

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

Order of Lorraine Page Series

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

Order of Trial and Retribution Series

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1 Trial and Retribution 1997 Description / Buy
2 Trial and Retribution II 1998 Description / Buy
3 Trial and Retribution III 1999 Description / Buy
4 Trial and Retribution IV 2000 Description / Buy
5 Trial and Retribution V 2002 Description / Buy
6 Trial and Retribution VI 2002 Description / Buy
7 Alibi 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Anna Travis Series

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

Order of DC Jack Warr Series

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1 Buried 2020 Description / Buy
2 Judas Horse 2021 Description / Buy
3 Vanished 2022 Description / Buy
4 Pure Evil 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Lynda La Plante Standalone Novels

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

Order of Lynda La Plante Short Stories/Novellas

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

Lynda La Plante Anthologies

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1 Like a Charm 2004 Description / Buy
2 Creative, Successful, Dyslexic: 23 High Achievers Share Their Stories 2015 Description / 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?

The next book by Lynda La Plante is Whole Life Sentence and will be released on September, 17th 2024. It is the newest book in the Jane Tennison Series.

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