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Deadly Deceit (Kate Daniels Book 3)

Deadly Deceit (Kate Daniels Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Mari Hannah
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"If proof were needed that Hannah's DCI Kate Daniels is a great addition to the crime scene, then here it is, a third corking case to keep you up at night."
--Peterborough Telegraph

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Pure evil wears many disguises . . .

Four a.m on a wet stretch of the A1 and a driver skids out of control. Quick on the scene, Senior Investigating Officer Kate Daniels and partner DS Hank Gormley are presented with a horrifying image of carnage and mayhem that quickly becomes one of the worst road traffic accidents in Northumberland’s history. But as the casualties mount up, they soon realize that not all deaths were as a result of the accident . . .

On the other side of town a house goes up in flames, turning its two inhabitants into charred corpses. This incident is seemingly unconnected with the traffic accident. But it soon becomes apparent that all is not what it seems, and Kate and her colleagues are always one step behind a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to get what they want.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 841 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,093 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mari Hannah was born in London and moved north as a child. Sponsored by the Home Office, she graduated from Teesside University before becoming a Probation Officer, a career cut short when she was injured while on duty. Thereafter, she spent several years working as a film/television scriptwriter. During that time she created and developed a number of projects, most notably a feature length film and the pilot episode of a crime series for television based on the characters in her book, the latter as part of a BBC drama development scheme. She lives in Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective. In 2010, she won the Northern Writers' Award. She is also the winner of the Polari First Book Prize 2013.

Mari is the author of the Kate Daniels series.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Significant addition to the Kate Daniels series 12 April 2013
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`Deadly Deceit' is the third book in Mari Hannah's DCI Kate Daniels series, and is the strongest - and darkest - by far.

The main action takes place over just five days in June 2010, against a background of a sticky summer in Newcastle's deprived West End. The story opens with DCI Daniels and DS Hank Gormley en route to a fatal arson in the West End. They are delayed by a truly horrific multi-vehicle accident on the A1, at which they assist. All is not what it seems at both incidents, and these two apparently unconnected events form the basis of this intricately-plotted thriller, which builds relentlessly to a nerve-shredding climax.

Readers of Hannah's previous books will know that she is a consummate story-teller, but she has surpassed herself with the ambitious complexities of `Deadly Deceit.' The narrative has depth and meticulous attention to detail, and many surprising twists to the plot, right to the very end. Police procedures are accurate and integrated into the story, without ever making it sound like an investigator's manual.

A really pleasing aspect of this story is the continued development of characters introduced in the earlier books. All of Kate's team of murder detectives is here, and their lives and careers develop believably. Two important women from Kate's personal life play a significant part in this book in revealing to us some of Kate's emotional turmoil. Mari Hannah has also created two new and vivid principal characters, who drive the plot of `Deadly Deceit.' To avoid spoilers I shall not name them, but they are superbly realised - careful and subtle layer-by-layer creations. One character does not, initially, attract empathy (I now know what a "Scotswood stare" is!) but Hannah gives us a fully rounded portrayal.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DCI Kate Daniels SERIES 25 Feb. 2013
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Another great instalment in this crime series from Mari Hannah. The Murder Wall introduced Kate Daniels, a strong and driven DCI, Settled Blood developed the characters in another tense plot and Deadly Deceit confirmed this as a crime series well worth pursuing. All three have pace and tension. Highly recommended. Bring on the next episode.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Mari Hannah 11 April 2013
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This is the third book in the DCI Kate Daniels series, and is a very strong addition. Daniels is an engaging and complex character, sometimes infuriating, especially when she puts her job before her own personal happiness. She is always willing to go the extra mile to see justice for the victims of crime, and to do all she can to lead her team effectively. Daniels is likeable, and the relationships she has with her colleagues are believable and well drawn. Above all, Daniels is 'real' - a person you could imagine meeting, talking to, liking. This, for me at least, is essential if the reader is to engage with the main character, to care about their life and what happens to them, to be interested in them, and so in the book as a whole. Hannah achieves this very effectively.

The story moves quickly, though not at the expense of detail. The plot is fascinating, original, and all the strands of the story blend together at the end of the book in an exciting and nail biting final few chapters. The dialogue between the characters feels realistic and fresh, and the characters are well drawn and believable. Hannah's descriptions of the road accident at the beginning of the novel and its aftermath are particularly effective, and so well written that the reader can see the whole horrifying scene smoking and smouldering in front of their eyes, much as Daniels and her colleague Hank Gormley can. You feel as though you are standing there with them, the smells, sounds and sights are as real to you as they are to the characters.

To summarise, this is an exciting, fast paced read that I would highly recommend. The other books in the series are 'The Murder Wall', which introduces Daniels and her colleagues, and 'Settled Blood'. the second in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All-in-all, a very enjoyable book. 7 Sept. 2014
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Deadly Deceit is the third book in Mari Hannah’s DCI Kate Daniels series, and the second one I’ve read. It was published by Pan Macmillan in 2013.

The story is set against the backdrop of England’s 2010 World Cup campaign, and kicks off with an arson attack on a terraced house that was supposed to be empty, but due to a last minute change of plans, was occupied by an estranged father babysitting his young baby there. As if that wasn’t enough, at near enough the same time, a driver loses control on the A1 causing a huge pile-up and enough carnage to make it one of the worst traffic collisions in Northumberland’s history.There is no obvious connection between these two incidents, and that is what a callous killer is banking on. Kate Daniels and her sidekick, Hank Gormley were stuck in the resultant tailback of traffic following the accident, whilst trying to get to the house-fire. Realising they can’t get through, they lend a hand to the emergency services attending the accident. They pass a car with an elderly couple inside, and Gorman shares a word with the elderly lady passenger. She is already being attended to, so the two detectives carry on, not knowing that the person attending to her had more sinister, and deadly, plans.

Mari Hannah is an accomplished story-teller, and Deadly Deceit doesn’t disappoint. The characters are believable and likeable, the plot moves along at just the right pace, and the police procedural details feel as if they are spot on (although I confess to being no expert).

All-in-all, a very enjoyable book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very well written book with a fast pace.
First time I have read this author. I will definitely read more. A real page turner. A very good thriller
Published 6 hours ago by Bryan Hume
5.0 out of 5 stars settled blood
really good read. i couldnt put the book down. good suspence. i would recommend this book if you enjoy crime stories and thrillers
Published 3 days ago by jane carpentieri
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Published 1 month ago by Yolande Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoy Kate Daniels books
I really enjoy
Kate Daniels books, especially when they are on offer. If you like crime mysteries you cant go wrong.
Published 2 months ago by christine richardson
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
This is the first book I've read by this author,unfortunately it's for me. long and drawn out I got bored with it. If you are a fan of martina Cole is book is not for you.
Published 2 months ago by caz
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed feelings about the book
Starts hot cools down then gets cold and then all of a sudden hot ,hot, hot, near the end ,
I feel there is to much detail and not enough story to keep the interest, but there... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jaym
4.0 out of 5 stars A highly enjoyable read.
A real page turner with some interesting plot twists and some interesting characters. The Kate Daniels character is a real change from your traditional detective. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good and a page turner for sure. Characters are good and lots of 'red herrings'
Published 4 months ago by A Happy Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Very good but I am still reading it
Published 4 months ago by Dilys Moore
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