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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (August 14)

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Vicky from I’d Rather Be At The Beach who posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

This week my choice of opening comes from Murder Mile by Lynda La Plante which is the fourth in the series of books that takes us back to Jane Tennison’s life in the 1970s, that is before Prime Suspect.


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 CID, 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. Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


Jane Tennison, recently promoted to sergeant, looked out of the passenger window of the CID car at the snow which was falling too lightly to settle. It was 4.30 on a freezing Saturday morning in mid-February 1979 and recently the overnight temperatures had been sub-zero. The weather reports were calling it one of the coldest winters of the century.

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Now I’ll grant you that isn’t the most exciting of opening paragraphs but I think that there are some authors who can write about the most mundane of subjects, and us British are famed for our endless conversations about the weather after all, and yet somehow I feel I’m going to be put under the author’s spell. Although coming relatively (ok, really) late to her writing, I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style in Good Friday, the second in the series and I love the 1970s setting.

Well what do you think, would you keep reading?


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

30 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (August 14)

  1. I enjoyed watching Prime Suspect but haven’t read any of Lynda La Plant’s books, but I am tempted to read these prequels. Ha! I think I read somewhere that beginning a book describing the weather is not a good idea – but I don’t see why, it sets the scene beautifully.


    1. I chose this one partly to show that some of these ‘rules’ don’t work. I think if the writing is good it draws you in whatever the subject and I find a gentler opening before we get to the dramatics works better for me too!


  2. I like La Plante’s work very much Cleo, so I would definitely read on. She does have a way of inviting the reader in, even if the beginning of the story seems a bit ordinary. It doesn’t stay that way… And Jane Tennison is a great character.


  3. I’ve watched all of Prime Suspect on TV, but not the newer Jane Tennison adaptation. And I haven’t read any of La Plante’s books. One day. I do like Jane’s character and will try these at some point. I also like ’70’s time period – I lived the ’70’s! Disco, anyone? LOL


  4. I quite like a fairly unexciting opening paragraph – I get a bit tired of all the prologues that try too hard to start with a bombshell. And it’s in the past tense! I’d definitely keep reading and really must read one of her books one day…


  5. I like the sound of it!
    Recently watched the series Prime Suspect 1973 that was based on Tennison and i loved it. Got the first book – hope it’s also as good as the series was.


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