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Wrongful Death (Anna Travis #9)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  487 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Six months after the body of Josh Reynolds, a London nightclub owner, was found and determined by police and coroner to be a suicide, DCS James Langton tasks DCI Anna Travis to review the case. Reynolds died from a single gunshot wound to the head, the gun held in his right hand. But details are emerging that suggest someone else may have fired the gun... As soon as she wr ...more
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Published September 12th 2013 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published August 29th 2013)
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Anna
I'm a big fan of the Anna Travis books but found this one disappointing. The parts involving the FBI I found were very unnecessary and just ended up stretching the story. Going back to the Fitzpatrick story was also very annoying, it should of been left how it ended 3 books ago. Very far fetched and unbelievable. I found myself not wanting to pick this book up as I became really uninterested :(
Linda Strong
There is no way I could do a book review without doing a review of the entire series.

I started with the Anna Curtis books from the very beginning. Anna was very young, new to the homicide department. She was also a little on the shy side, not very concerned about her looks, her dress. And she has a crush on her supervisor/mentor James Langton.

Langton is a selfish man, a bit arrogant, brash to the point of rudeness. But he sees something special in Anna.

They eventually have an affair, at one time
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Karen
WRONGFUL DEATH is the ninth book in the Anna Travis series from Lynda La Plante. Which therefore requires a confession. I started to struggle with this series around book 4 (DEADLY INTENT), and never managed to finish book 5 (SILENT SCREAM) or book 6 (BLIND FURY). So on the upside, I did manage to finish WRONGFUL DEATH. On the downside it was a disappointment.

Whilst the central premise, the re-investigation of the death of Josh Reynolds was an interesting idea, the cast of characters flat out di
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Caroline Maston
i really didn't like this book, it felt like crime fiction by numbers and almost like the author had a deadline to meet and just dashed a book out at short notice. There were a large number of sectons where the plot was really obvously recapped so you knew what all the clues were. Definitely one to avoid
Emma
I find La Plante's writing annoying (too many unnecessary adjectives), but the stories are always gripping and this one is no different, so no doubt I'll read the next one when it appears on the library shelf.
Lynda Kelly
Bloodline, Backlash and now this one.....released in TERRIBLE states full of mistakes. I'm pretty appalled and disgusted that Lynda La Plante thinks it's just fine to release her e-books in such messes !! Well, this is the last I'm buying. I've never packed one of hers in till this one, either. It had already taken me 4 days to reach 31% as I'd been loathe to pick it up again but enough's enough.
I love the Travis stories but I'm cheesed off beyond belief at them, now.
First of all, yet again, and
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Brenda
With the murder squad’s newly renovated headquarters looking much better than had been expected, DCI Anna Travis gazed around on her return from a welcome break – a holiday which had left her tanned and relaxed. As each of her team members arrived, they were told to expect DCS James Langton for a meeting – he had a special case which required their attention. It turned out to be a case which had been closed six months previously, deemed suicide. A prisoner awaiting trial had told a guard that Jo ...more
Book Addict Shaun
Book number nine (nine?!?!) in the Anna Travis series and probably one of the best books in the series, maybe the best one actually. I said in my review of Backlash how it was nice to see how much Anna had changed from the person and detective she was in the first book and that was especially the case in this book. It makes me want to go back and read the first book all over again. La Plante writes believable crime stories containing an excellent cast of characters. None more so than Travis and ...more
Sameera77
The writer should decide either he writes a crime novel or media-tie-in adaptation. Honestly I was surprised by Lynda La Plante's Note to the Readers in which she explained why suddenly Fitzpatrick didn't have two small children but a teenaged son. She changed circumstances from the book series because of the changes that were made in the TV series... Excuse me, but what's the point of doing this?! Did either Bernard Cornwell or Elizabeth George change the details in the consecutive books becaus ...more
Nicole Long
This is what crime fiction ought to be! This book had believable characters, several intriguing mysteries, a little bit of romance, and strong, female characters! It is part of a series and I am excited to go back and read the earlier books.
Alice
This is the first book I've read in this series, but I didn't feel lost, even though this is the 9th in the series. The characters are great, especially the American FBI agent. La Plante is great at multi-faceted principal characters. Anna Travis is a wonderful heroine. Loved her intelligence and her sense of humor and her ability to be both brave and vulnerable.
The plot twists were quite intricate, especially with the London case of the man who may or may not have committed suicide. There is an
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Bertha
Six months age Josh Reynolds was found dead. His death was ruled a suicide and the case was closed. A young man, awaiting trial for armed robbery, tells his guards that Reynolds was murdered and that he has information to share.
DCI Anna Travis is scheduled to leave for training at Quantico, as part of an exchange between the Met and the FBI. But first she's got to review the case. It should have been a simple matter of tying up loose ends but it turns out to be a political powder keg.
This 500 p
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Bev Taylor
unearthing the truth can have deadly consequences

d.i. anna travis is back to re-investigate a cold case of suicide - or was it?

six months ago josh reynolds was found dead with a single gunshot to his head. h/e the original investigation was flawed and many unanswered questions arise

anna is due to go to the fbi academy in virginia for training but will she solve the case in time. also can she trust dewar, a profiler from the fbi, who us seconded to anna's team and soon ruffles people with her
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Wendy Greenberg
So fast paced you can hardly put it down but hey! that's the joy of another Anna Travis case. Very flawed with a rather unnecessary leap across the Pond and several irritating character traits within the team. However, a full-on complex plot and a relatively credible outcome so long as you use the few drops of suspending belief in detective fiction because you love it so much!
Carrie Klein
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Liz Cooper
First one of hers I've read. Enjoyed it as a good detective yarn. Unfortunately my copy was full of poor proof reading errors, which annoyed me intensely.
Penny de Byl
I'm an avid follower of Detective Anna Travis's career and can't wait until the next book comes out. I found this book very different from the previous. The story was disjointed with a different investigation, in a different country, inserted in the middle. Anna begins a relationship with an FBI agent which provides endless amounts of sexual tension but then in the end she (la Plante) leaves it hanging. Maybe it will be in the next book (?) The main investigation however is a very interesting st ...more
Mary Edgley
Three cases, several (promoted) characters, FBI involvement on both sides of the Pond.....

A complex, winding tale which tries to do justice to the ongoing and previous plots but somehow doesn't quite hit the mark. Anne is no longer wet behind the ears and 'shines' in her own right. Langton keeps a toe hold in the plot and a potential new beau for Anne shows a face.

This book felt like it was drawing together a series to bring it to a close. Despite the lack of gushing enthusiasm for this book,
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Lulu
Although I read this book less than a month ago I can't remember for the life of me what this book is about and then it all came back to me like last night's curry. What can I say other than I hope Anna closes in on retirement as quickly as she closes in on the perp. Don't worry if you haven't read the other books in the series because La Plante conveniently includes numerous recaps a bit like how that USA soap The Bold and the Beautiful does to allow the causal viewer to fully enjoy the action, ...more
Ivyanna
I was a bit disappointed while reading "Wrongful Death." Crime fiction is one of my favorite genres to read, and I did like Lynda La Plante's plot. I really did, and I thought this was going to be an awesome book. It turns out, I had a rough time peeling away the pages because I was so bored.
When I get into a really good book, it is obvious because I finish it in a few days. With "Wrongful Death," I felt like the story was not interesting or suspensful enough, and I felt as if I was being dragg
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V.E. Lynne
The death of nightclub owner Josh Reynolds was ruled, by the coroner, as a suicide until Detective Anna Travis is asked to review the case by her superiors in light of new evidence. She soon discovers that there is indeed much more to Josh's death than initially met the eye, especially once she begins to untangle the complicated family history of Josh's widow Donna and his mother in law Lady Gloria Lynne. 'Wrongful Death' is the first of the Anna Travis novels I have read so I am very late to th ...more
Gary Van Cott
3.5 stars. This book has not been published in the US but I was able to get a copy through Inter Library Loan. This book has a problem I have seen before in books from the UK. It has an American character and briefly an American setting. British authors apparently think they know all about the US and put words in a character's mouth that an American would be unlikely to say. I have provided specific examples in the discussion for this book. I thought the story was ok but not as well written as i ...more
Shweta
The 9th book in the Anna Travis series, and I was looking forward to sinking my teeth into yet another murder mystery that is wholesomely full of all the minute details that make up a police investigation.
Here Anna ( Detective Chief Inspector now) is asked to reinvestigate a supposed suicide case, along with the rest of the team (some of them also promoted) and an FBI Special agent whose specialises in behavioural analysis. So far, so good- it was good to meet the old characters again and the ne
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Tony Nielsen
It's been awhile since I have read a Lynda LaPlante thriller and in retrospect that's a pity because Wrongful Death was a reminder of just how skilful she is. I've always been a fan of her TV series featuring Detective Chief Superintendent James Langton and then latterly Detective Chief Inspector Anna Travis. This is mostly about Travis as she is thrown a suicide case to revisit days before she's due to head to the States, having been selected to attend an FBI Course at Qauntico. The suicide cas ...more
Danielle Shields
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The ninth novel in the Anna Travis series sees our DCI heroine investigate the formally closed case of club owner Josh Reynolds, whose death was ruled out as a suicide six months previous. A review of the case is initiated when former colleague of the deceased, now awaiting trial, claims that he holds information indicating that Reynolds was murdered. The peaceful office is railed off the status quo when DCS James Langton includes FBI Agent Je
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Lynsey Brennan
Surprisingly, as a lover of crime fiction, this was the first novel by Lynda La Plante that I have read and it definitely won't be the last. This was an extremely detailed and exciting read that followed the investigation of Anna Travis and her team as they worked to discover what really happened to Josh Reynolds on that fateful night. Was it suicide or murder? What secrets would unfold as the closed suicide case became a homicide investigation?

Lynda La Plante has told this thrilling mystery sto
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Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
2 1/2 stars

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I have very mixed feelings about this book, it had a very slow start, so slow I was noticing the grammatical errors rather than being involved in the narrative, and I felt that most of the conversations were stilted and overly formal and the overall premise was a little too contrived and convoluted. I was really miffed when on page 401 Joan says “...but why does Gloria kill Marisha months after Samuel.” At this point in the narrative Marisha is not dead, she is in hospital, in
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Vivienne
Sep 09, 2013 Vivienne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime fiction fans
Six months ago night club owner Josh Reynolds had been found dead with a single gunshot to his head. The subsequent police investigation ruled his death a suicide and the case closed. However, now a young man awaiting trial for armed robbery claims that Reynolds had been murdered and that he has information he is willing to share. In response to this situation DCS James Langton tasks DCI Anna Travis to review the case. He then informs Anna that he is to be seconded for a year to the F.B.I. Acade ...more
Berenice
This was my first read by the author and I was disappointed. Hoping to replace Rebus was probably a tall order.
At first I was delighted that there were some strong female leads, but as some other reviewers have pointed out, the police side cast were all caricatures and the criminals were weakly
drawn.
The plot starts out intriguing and just peeters out, and the whole trip to the FBI course turns out to be a totally pointless diversion. some of the characters disappear half way through and the FB
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Jennifer
Another good mystery with Anna Travis in the lead. There were some extra storylines not really pertinent to the main story (why bother going to Quantico? Couldn't she have met someone in the Uk with that knowledge) that make this book take longer than it should. However, the last chapter was very rewarding and made you want to pay Anna Travis on the back and say "well done!"
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Anna Travis (9 books)
  • Above Suspicion (Anna Travis #1)
  • The Red Dahlia (Anna Travis #2)
  • Clean Cut (Anna Travis, #3)
  • Deadly Intent (Anna Travis, #4)
  • Blind Fury (Anna Travis, #6)
  • Silent Scream (Anna Travis, #5)
  • Blood Line (Anna Travis, #7)
  • Backlash (Anna Travis, #8)
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