The Best of Lynda La Plante Review

The Best of Lynda La Plante
DVD Box Set


Reviewed by David Savage

Lynda La Plante is a best-selling author of detective thrillers some of which have been turned into television dramas. The Best of Lynda La Plante featuring Above Suspicion, Trial & Retribution and The Commander is now available to buy on DVD on this 3 disc box set.

Above Suspicion
Starring: Kelly Reilly, Ciaran Hinds
Certificate: 18
Episodes: 2
Running time: 132 minutes (approx.)

Rookie murder squad detective DC Anna Travis (Kelly Reilly) has been assigned to a task force to find the killer of prostitutes that span 12 years. DCI James Langton (Ciaran Hinds) has been investigating for 8 months without any leads and is very close to having his funding for the operation taken away. While determined to impress her boss and find the killer her investigation leads her to a successful actor who seems above suspicion but has a very murky past.

Trial & Retribution: Sins of the Father
Starring: Victoria Smurfit, David Hayman
Certificate: 15
Episode: 4
Running time: 138 minutes (approx.)

After returning home early from celebrating her exam results 18 year old Emily Harrogate is murdered. Her body lays undiscovered at the foot of the stairs until the next morning. DI Connor (Victoria Smurfit) and DS Walker (David Hayman) have to unmask the killer but in a house already filled with secrets this proves to be very difficult. Trial & Retribution follows the investigation to arrest, trial and conviction but have they got the right man?

The Commander: Windows of the Soul
Starring: Amanda Burton, Mark Lewis Jones
Certificate: 15
Running time: 90 minutes (approx.)

A priest is found brutally murdered in his church. On the rough East London estate that has seen rioting in the past and the police are not welcome and Commander Blake (Amanda Burton) and DCI James (Mark Lewis Jones) have to find the killer without making the high tension in the area worse than it already is.

Overall, I found each disc in this set to be great quality, strong British drama. Great stories well-acted and very entertaining with enough plot twists to keep you guessing. An excellent box set and if you love crime dramas then you will love this.

Rating: 5/5

Available to buy from Acorn Media UK here.

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