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  • So suspenseful!

    WOW. I was so in love with this book it’s hard for me to even describe it. From the author Lynda La Plante (famous for her PBS Masterpeice mystery ‘Prime Suspect’) comes an absolutely chilling murder mystery which takes place in London. When builders are working on an old convent they find an unexplained coffin with the body of a young nun. If that wasn’t spooky enough when they open it they fight scratches on the inside of the lid.. which only means one thing. The nun was buried alive. This was all I needed to know to be sure this was a book for me. Was it really a nun or was the body dressed like a nun? Why was a poor nun murdered? And why was she seemingly buried alive? So many questions! I really enjoyed the way La Plante built up the suspense and writing style made it near impossible to put the book down. This is my first time reading anything by this author and I’m so glad I did!

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  • I Enjoyed It

    On the grounds of a historic convent, construction workers dig up a coffin that contains the body of a young nun. This discovery isn't very surprising in a city as old as London, but the scratch marks found on the inside of the coffin lid definitely are surprising. Detective Jane Tennison believes this may be a mystery darker than she's ever investigated before, even though not everyone agrees with her. The church seems in a rush to conceal the facts and Tennison's superiors dismiss it as a cold case. Someone is hiding the truth, and possibly even the killer. Tennison hopes she can find both before they are buried forever. I have read other books by Lynda La Plante and have enjoyed them but feel that sometimes her writing can be a bit flat. This one wasn't that way at all. I really enjoyed the storyline and it was filled with suspense that kept me guessing until the end.

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  • Chilling yet exciting

    I have read a couple books featuring the Detective Jane Tennison and I have enjoyed each one. They can be read as standalones and still be good. This one takes us to an unearthed coffin in an old convent that is being renovated into apartments. It may have been an old coffin but the murdered nun inside has the police racing to find the killer. I do like learning about the police procedurals of the time and Jane, while not perfect, does her best to bring justice to the dead. This crime drama delves into the whole catholic church corruption and cover ups between nuns and priest and also the children they were in charge of (orphans and such). I liked reading about it and I think my favorite characters in Lynda LaPlante's books are Jane Tennison and Jack Warr.

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  • Fast paced read

    Unholy Murder is book that will stay with me for a long time to come. Jane Tennison and her partner Simon Boon discover a body of a woman dressed as a nun in a coffin that has been dug up on a construction site. It looks like she was alive when she was buried. The trouble is the murder must have taken place over 20 years ago. Unholy Murder delves into the Catholic church, the priests, the nuns and the orphanages that were run by the church. There is corruption and there is abuse. Not everyone is bad. Who is covering up for who and why? Who is the victim and why did no one report her missing. Jane and her team work diligently to solve the case . I can always get lost in a Lynda LaPlante book and Unholy Murder is no exception. In Canada, this book is so timely as we are all mourning the gruesome discovery of children's bodies at residential schools run by the Catholic Church. Pages turn so quickly

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  • Excellent

    I have loved all Lynda La Plante's books. i realy enjoyed this book. It was exciting and i could not put it down. I look forward to the next book in the series

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