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Lynda La Plante


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Lynda La Plante (born Lynda Titchmarsh) is a British author, screenwriter, and erstwhile actress (her performances in Rentaghost and other programmes were under her stage name of Lynda Marchal), best known for writing the Prime Suspect television crime series.

Her first TV series as a scriptwriter was the six part robbery series Widows, in 1983, in which the widows of four armed robbers carry out a heist planned by their deceased husbands.

In 1991 ITV released Prime Suspect which has now run to seven series and stars Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison. (In the United States Prime Suspect airs on PBS as part of the anthology program Mystery!) In 1993 La Plante won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for her work on the series. In 1992 she wrote at TV movie called Seekers, starring Brenda Fricker and Josette Simon, produced by Sarah Lawson.

She formed her own television production company, La Plante Productions, in 1994 and as La Plante Productions she wrote and produced the sequel to Widows, the equally gutsy She's Out (ITV, 1995). The name "La Plante" comes from her marriage to writer Richard La Plante, author of the book Mantis and Hog Fever. La Plante divorced Lynda in the early 1990s.
 

Genres: Mystery
 
New and upcoming books
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Alibi
(Trial And Retribution, book 7)
Series
Dolly Rawlins
   1. Widows (1983)
   2. Widows' Revenge (1985)
     aka Widows 2
   3. She's Out (1995)
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Legacy
   1. The Legacy (1987)
   2. The Talisman (1988)
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Jane Tennison
   1. Prime Suspect (1991)
   2. A Face in the Crowd (1992)
   3. Silent Victims (1993)
   4. Whole Life Sentence (2024)
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Lorraine Page
   1. Cold Shoulder (1994)
   2. Cold Blood (1996)
   3. Cold Heart (1998)
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Governor
   1. The Governor (1995)
   2. The Governor II (1996)
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Trial And Retribution
   1. Trial and Retribution (1997)
   2. Trial and Retribution II (1998)
   3. Trial and Retribution III (1999)
   4. Trial and Retribution IV (2000)
   5. Trial and Retribution V (2002)
   6. Trial and Retribution VI (2002)
   7. Alibi (2023)
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Anna Travis
   1. Above Suspicion (2004)
   2. The Red Dahlia (2006)
   3. Clean Cut (2007)
   4. Deadly Intent (2008)
   5. Silent Scream (2009)
   6. Blind Fury (2010)
   7. Blood Line (2011)
   8. Backlash (2012)
   9. Wrongful Death (2013)
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Tennison
   1. Tennison (2015)
   2. Hidden Killers (2016)
   3. Good Friday (2017)
   4. Murder Mile (2018)
   5. The Dirty Dozen (2019)
   6. Blunt Force (2020)
   7. Unholy Murder (2021)
   8. Dark Rooms (2022)
   9. Taste of Blood (2023)
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DC Jack Warr
   1. Buried (2020)
   2. Judas Horse (2021)
   3. Vanished (2022)
   4. Pure Evil (2023)
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Novels
   Bella Mafia (1990)
   Civvies (1992)
   Entwined (1992)
   Framed (1992)
   Seekers (1993)
   The Lifeboat (1994)
   Sleeping Cruelty (2000)
   Royal Flush (2002)
     aka Royal Heist
   Twisted (2014)
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Series contributed to
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Lynda La Plante recommends
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Deadly Animals (2024)
Marie Tierney
"A crime novel I wish I had written."
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We Begin at the End (2020)
Chris Whitaker
"The character of Duchess Day Radley is so beautifully written, she will remain with you for a long time."
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The War Widow (2019)
(Billie Walker Mystery, book 1)
Tara Moss
"A terrific read!"

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Anthologies containing stories by Lynda La Plante
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Like a Charm (2004)
A Novel in Voices
edited by
Karin Slaughter

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