(Dolly Rawlins #1)

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Before PRIME SUSPECT there was WIDOWS . . . Facing life alone, they turned to crime together. Dolly Rawlins, Linda Pirelli and Shirley Miller are left devastated when their husbands are killed in a security van heist that goes disastrously wrong. When Dolly discovers her husband Harry’s bank deposit box, containing a gun, money – and detailed plans for the hijack – she realises that she only has three options: 1. Give up and forget she ever found them; 2. Hand over Harry’s ledgers to the police, or to the thugs that have been hassling her for information they think she has; 3. She and the other widows could carry out the robbery themselves Novices in the craft of crime, the three women make their preparations. Along the way they discover that Harry’s plan required four people, not three. But only three bodies were discovered in the carnage of the original hijack – so who was the fourth man, and where is he now? Recruiting hooker Bella O’Reilly as their fourth, the widows are determined to execute their plan. Facing mounting pressure from DI Resnick, and local thugs Arnie and Tony Fisher, can they stick together and finish the job their husbands started . .

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My Review

In this book you have Dolly Rawlins whose husband along with two other men die in a heist gone wrong.  As Dolly grieves the loss of her husband, she finds instructions on the heist and decides to pull off what he could not.  She then enlists the help of the other husband’s widows.  As the story goes on the plot thickens and things are definitely not what they seem.  With witnesses turning up dead and the police closing in, things start to get a bit dangerous for the women.  Can they pull of the heist?  Or will one of them end up hurt or worse…dead?

Wow!  This book threw me for a loop.  I am excited to see the movie now.  I hope it does the book justice.  Lynda La Plante is a crime novel goddess.  I absolutely loved this book.  The concept of women pulling off a caper like this was just awesome.  I like seeing women in a strong character role and this book has that.  These women pull themselves out of the depth of  their grief and pull of this huge heist.  It is crazy.

This book is a highly entertaining thriller with plenty of twists to make you go “WTF!  I did not see that coming”.  But in pure Lynda fashion there are plenty of tiny crumbs to follow along the way to help you figure out the who done it.  I am excited to read another one, since Lynda left this one open for more.  What is next for these daring women?

5 star

Lynda La Plante

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.

Her output continued with The Governor (ITV 1995-96), a series focusing on the female governor of a high security prison, and was followed by a string of ratings pulling miniseries: the psycho killer nightmare events of Trial & Retribution (ITV 1997-), the widows’ revenge of the murders of their husbands & children Bella Mafia (1997) (starring Vanessa Redgrave), the undercover police unit operations of Supply and Demand (ITV 1998), videogame/internet murder mystery Killer Net (Channel 4 1998) and the female criminal profiler cases of Mind Games (ITV 2001).

Two additions to the Trial and Retribution miniseries were broadcast during 2006.

More books by Lynda

Jane Tennison Series

Anna Travis Series



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