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Settled Blood (DCI Kate Daniels Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Mari Hannah
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When a young girl is found dead at the base of Hadrian’s Wall, it’s not long before Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels realises her death was no ordinary homicide. She was thrown from a great height and was probably alive before she hit the ground.

Then a local businessmen reports his daughter missing, has Daniels found the identity of her victim, or is a killer playing a sickening game?

As the murder investigation team delve deeper into the case, half truths are told, secrets exposed, and while Daniels makes her way through a mountain of obstacles time is running out for one terrified girl.

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"And now Hannah with Kate and her well-crafted murder investigation team in tow- returns for another complex, compelling case which confirms the author as a major new force in crime fiction. Superb plotting, authentic police procedural detail and vivid characterisation are fast becoming the hallmarks of her writing, with fast-paced action, psychological suspense and big slice of show-stoppng emotion adding ballast to perfectly balanced murder mysteries…move over DCI Jane Tennison, there's a new kid on the block and she's the Prime Suspect for your TV slot." --Lancashire Evening Post

"The North East writer follows her successful The Murder Wall with another tough case for DCI Kate Daniels…" --8* review in Peterborough Telegraph

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THERE ARE NO LIMITS WHEN IT COMES TO REVENGE . . . The second novel by Mari Hannah, featuring DCI Kate Daniels.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 957 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (8 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,646 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Settled Blood 5 Nov. 2012
Mari Hannah's debut The Murder Wall was, for my money, one of the strongest debuts of 2012 and signalled the arrival of a major new talent on the crime scene. Settled Blood sees DCI Kate Daniels back at work, a little worse for wear after the events of The Murder Wall, but she's a steely, no nonsense kind of lady and when the job makes demands she's ready to meet them no matter what her lingering personal complications might be. And this case is one which will require her full commitment.

A young woman's body is found at the foot of Hadrian's Wall, dressed in clothing ill-suited to the terrain, and it quickly transpires that she hasn't set foot on the surrounding countryside; she has been dropped, from a very great height, and died on impact. Daniels sees it as the work of a truly callous mind and the only small crumb of comfort is that she appears to have been heavily sedated when she landed. It is an elaborate way to dispose of someone though and immediately Daniels' gut tells her this is no ordinary murder.

As they try to establish the girl's identity a call comes in - Adam Finch, a man who owns half the county and plays golf with Daniels' boss, has received a chilling letter, warning him that if he goes to the police his daughter will be returned to him in pieces. Finch is a cold, manipulative man, the kind to make enemies by the score, and his daughter Jessica bears a striking resemblance to the young woman who died at Hadrian's Wall, but what kind of kidnapper murders their captive before they send a ransom demand? It could be the result of incompetence or an unforeseen complication, Daniels thinks. At the morgue she gets her answer. The dead girl is not Jessica Finch.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DCI Kate Daniels hits her stride 18 Dec. 2012
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Settled Blood follows hard on the heels of Mari Hannah's stunning debut novel The Murder Wall and again features DCI Kate Daniels of Northumbria Police and her Murder Investigation Team. When a writer's first novel has made such an impact, I often wonder whether the second will live up to expectations. I needn't have worried.

Settled Blood really delivers. The pace is breath-taking, the tension is ratcheted up and the short, punchy chapters each end with a tantalising hook which demands that you keep on reading for just one more chapter...and then another. The story opens amidst the bleak beauty of Hadrian's Wall, where the body of a young girl is found. Kate Daniels soon realises that this brutal murder is even more complex than first appears and she and her team embark upon a desperate race against time to save the life of another young woman. To do this, Kate must outwit a killer playing sickening mind games, and she is pushed to her physical and emotional limits.

This police procedural rings true, thanks to the author's previous work as a probation officer, and to her personal link to the police. She captures the way officers use humour as a safety-valve, and charts the inevitable delays and frustrations of, for example, waiting for forensic results. Police radio protocol and dialogue is spot on. (I wonder if any reader will pretend to be "doing a reciprocal" when next out driving?)

But this story offers so much more. The main supporting characters introduced in The Murder Wall grow and develop. DS Hank Gormley, Kate's right-hand man, is the colleague she totally relies upon. He, in turn, knows her better than most, but has some troubles of his own. He comes across as a lovely chap.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This series is just brilliant!!! 12 May 2014
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In The Murder Wall, we met police detectives Kate Daniels, a brilliantly interesting character and her side-kick, Hank Gormley. Once again, we are back in the North East, with the delightful Kate investigating the murder of a student dropped from a height onto the picturesque Hadrien's Wall.

I really LOVE this series and how the characters have matured and developed. It is the sign of a great book, when you grow very fond of a set of characters (Kate, Jo and Hank in particular) and want to know more about them. In the first book, I found Kate rather puzzling at times, with her secrecy. I feel in Settled Blood that the characters are much more established and I know Kate enough to understand her reasoning and her behaviours.

An excellent series worth reading! I'm starting Book three now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 29 April 2014
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I have read all three of this trilogy and can't wait for the next book. Marie writes with gripping experience, which she has drawn on from her formal working life and that of her detective partner. The characters feel real and I hated to part company with Kate at the end. I just wanted these books to go on and on!
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I was so impressed with the impact of Northumberland author Mari Hannah's crime fiction debut The Murder Wall that it made the unusual leap of being a new author and character, in DCI Kate Daniels, that I wanted to read the second instalment of as soon as it became available.

This is usually a situation I find myself in with much longer established authors and crime series but, in this case, with Settled Blood, Hannah has found her stride very quickly indeed, cementing herself in a much deserved place amongst the best of the best in police procedural crime fiction.

There are a good many great female crime authors out there of course, but I still find it rare to discover a series character, particularly a cop, which really does the business - DCI Kate Daniels does just that, despite the author's best attempts to drag her through hell in sections of this latest offering.

There are sufficient pointers back to events in the previous novel - which will entice new readers to check out The Murder Wall without detracting from this new case, a dark and deadly tale which serves its victims well - something I've always thought many crime writers overlook. In fact it was the victim's viewpoints in Settled Blood that made me reflect on similar sections of entrapment in Jeffrey Deaver's superb The Bone Collector - no bad thing at all in that comparison. With a great surrounding cast of supporting characters, specifically her partner Hank Gormley - just the kind of sidekick you'd want in such situations, the mould is set for what I'm sure will be a great and long continuing series of novels - so, grab this and The Murder Wall and get in on the ground floor.

In DCI Kate Daniels, Mari Hannah has given the crime fiction world a Jane Tennison for the next generation. If you're looking for the best thing in new crime fiction, then Mari Hannah is the Prime Suspect.
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