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Mari Hannah
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12 April 2012 Kate Daniels (Book 1)

Eleven months after discovering a brutal double murder in a sleepy Northumbrian town, Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels is still haunted by her failure to solve the case. Then the brutal killing of a man on Newcastle’s Quayside gives Daniels another chance to get it right, and her first case as Senior Investigating Officer.

When Daniels recognises the corpse, but fails to disclose the fact, her personal life swerves dangerously into her professional life. But much worse, she is now being watched.

As Daniels steps closer to finding a killer, a killer is only a breath away from claiming his next victim…


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330539930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330539937
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

To find Mari or see where she is appearing, visit her events page at: marihannah.com



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Brilliant plotting and scene setting, an outspoken, reckless and determined woman chief inspector, a carefully crafted supporting cast and police procedural details so real that it s like being a fly on the wall make this an outstanding first novel. --Lancashire Evening Post

About the Author

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. The Murder Wall is her debut novel.

www.marihannah.com


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't come together for me 24 Aug 2012
By agatha
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Started off quite well, but makes the debut mistake of adding in too many things. Each character has some massive backstory that over eggs the pudding. The two stories don't tie together until late in the book when distracted by the jumpy style and two page chapters, vast selection of characters, and the slotted in bits about the killer, I'd just ceased to care enough.

I never got a clear sense of why the killer did it and he seemed lacking in authenticity for me, more killer by numbers. I finished the book but it never grabbed me. Mari Hannah writes well, but the book felt poorly edited and leaps about in a disjointed way so that her good prose gets swamped. I also got very little sense of location compared to Val McDermid or Danielle Ramsay's mentions of the North East and this disappointed me as it's a part of the world I love.

I'll give the second one a go because there's potential, but I hope her editing team do better next time.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Wall-brilliant read 3 Jun 2012
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I am always on the look out for a new book to read and Mari Hannah's Murder Wall appeared to fit the bill and the fact that it was set in the Newcastle area where I live gave it an added attraction. Hiowever there is a lot more to this book than just that. It is a fast paced and well written crime thriller with a refreshing lead character in Kate Daniels. Mari has an excellent grasp of story telling and keeps the story nicely moving along and plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing.

I would highly recommend her debuit novel and I am really looking forward to her second novel out at the back end of this year which again features Kate Daniels. I for one can't wait
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and intelligent. A true original 13 May 2012
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Mari Hannah's debut novel introduces us to a new detective, DCI Kate Daniels. Kate is intelligent, gutsy and strong but someone's out to put a spanner in the works of Daniels's illustrious career. Almost a year after discovering a brutal double murder, Daniels is presented with the corpse of a familiar face but fails to disclose the connection - making everything even more complicated. A murderer is on the loose in Newcastle and it's up to Daniels to stop the killer from claiming any more victims.

Mari Hannah's writing is taut and intelligent, she keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the novel. The way in which Mari describes the characters gives the reader a great mental image of who she's writing about. There's an abundance of characters which just adds to the realistic feel of the piece.

It's fast-paced, gritty and realistic. It contains lots of information regarding police procedures but the information is always relevant to the story. The idea behind the crimes is highly original and, as a native north-easterner, I loved that the geographical locations were accurate.

In Kate Daniels, Mari has created a character that you want to know more about and I for one and am pleased that the second installment featuring DCI Daniels will be out later this year.

Always mindful of the reader, Hannah has produced short chapters for bedtime readers who want to stop at the end of a chapter. However, the story is so good, you may find it keeps you awake all night!

A great debut from a writer with bags of potential.

Vic x
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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This is an accomplished first novel by Mari Hannah, it grips the reader from the start and is almost impossible to put down. The prose is a joy to read; lean, tight sentences conjure unforgettable scenes in the imagination. The chapters are short and intense, heightening the senses and compelling you to read on.

DCI Kate Daniels is strong, direct, competitive, independent, fiercely loyal to those she loves and a risk-taker. She's protective of her private life and rarely confides in anyone, yet she's often the first to offer support to others. DS Hank Gormley is the perfect foil to DCI Daniels as he gradually draws her out and gives the reader a more rounded view of her character. The well observed office politics and banter in the police station feel realistic and believable.

In contrast the measured, detached tone of the killer will make your flesh crawl. It's a truly chilling characterization of a killer who is as haunted as Daniels in their own way, a tormented soul that evokes no sympathy.

Packed with original twists and memorable characters this début novel is a thrilling, compulsive page-turner!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime in Northumberland 18 Jun 2012
By K. Slee
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This book was recommended to me by a friend who knows Mari so I did not know what to expect. I have read books out of politeness before but this one I could not put down. Her writing is fresh and exciting and it was tangible partly because it is set in and around where I live Corbridge and Newcastle upon Tyne.

A great first book and I'm looking forward to the next one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great debut from someone we are sure to hear much more of in the future. Mari Hannah's main protagonist Kate Daniels is for me a sure fire hit, not least as she is one of the more realistic top cops I've read to date. By no means perfect, and with a turbulent private life and one or two secrets of her own to deal with.

You really feel your in an authentic Murder Investigation Room with cracking dialogue between Kate and her team...not to mention the choice words she shares with her senior officers from time to time. DS Gormley, her right hand man is one of many on her team that I hope has more to come in the much anticipated series to follow. In fact the book is littered with well thought out characters you will like and others you will certainly not! The killer is a disturbed individual proving Peter James was right to suggest Mari Hannah writes with a dark heart. This is surely destined for the screen at some point.

I've already pre ordered 'Settled Blood' to make sure I don't have to wait any longer than I have to, to read more of Daniels story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad for a first attempt
I felt it was slow to start with , and even the killer had said the police took there time ,it all came together on chapter 81 , I won't spoil it as to why , it then seem to come... Read more
Published 2 hours ago by jpcrm
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder Wall
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and in fact bought the series, I would recommend .
Published 6 days ago by sandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent enjoyed this page turner and will the other books by this author
Published 9 days ago by Aileen
5.0 out of 5 stars The female Peter James of the North!
As I live in the North East all the locations are familiar to me. I enjoyed it so much that I will continue to read the next novels in the series. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mrs. S. Barnes
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed first
On 2nd book now. Thoroughly enjoyed first one
Published 1 month ago by Liz Madine
5.0 out of 5 stars New author to try if you like detective stories
Really enjoyed this book, the first of the DS Daniels books. I wonder what she will get up to next?
Published 3 months ago by Lynda Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Well plotted
Good read as a debut story. I'll try the subsequent ones to see how they develop. I read it on holiday and it was perfect for idling away the time on long train journeys.
Published 4 months ago by Nanaslaw
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous trilogy
You must read all three in order , although they do all stand alone as great reads, but in sequence, they are just brilliant. I stayed up late into the night enjoying each one.
Published 4 months ago by mandy norton
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally got around to reading this and...
took me a while to get around to reading this. I'd managed to come across Mari Hannah several times on twitter and through various other avenues.
It is worth the wait. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ger Hogan
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent
Decent little read, not the most action packed but quite a nice story. Builds up nicely as it goes along
Published 5 months ago by Anne Katherine Crame
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