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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (5 Oct. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447291085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447291084
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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They're just great reads (Stephen Fry on the Kate Daniels series)

Brutal and engaging. Mari Hannah writes with a sharp eye and a dark heart (Peter James)

DCI Kate Daniels: a Northerner to join the roster of top literary detectives (The Times)

[A] terrific page-turner that's dark and twisting (Woman and Home)

Let's cut to the chase. This is as good as a modern British crime thriller gets (Peterborough Telegraph)

Hannah is a clever, gifted writer, treading a fine line between Kate’s complex and compelling private life and unravelling our intrepid detective’s multi-layered murder mysteries, all packed with intrigue, rollercoaster emotions, unpredictable plotlines and down-to-earth realism (Lancashire Evening Post)

Mari Hannah has developed her characters to a fine degree, involving the reader in their lives and relationships, which adds much to the clever plotline (Choice Magazine)

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The sixth gripping crime novel featuring detective Kate Daniels, by Polari Prize winner Mari Hannah.

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A hanging on an ancient gibbet in Northumberland provides one chilling case for Kate Daniels. Her toughest case yet.

I can honestly say that this is my favourite Kate Daniels novel so far. For many reasons – the premise of the crime is grim and unique, the characters really come to the fore and Kate’s past and her position in the police force is examined like never before. This is Kate in her finest hour – I actually cheered for her on more than one occasion. I even high fived Hank. I felt even more part of the team than I have done and boy was I bereft when the book came to an end.

Talking about that end – I was just about calming down after recent events and thought my heart beat was back to normal, when one line. ONE LINE brought it sky high again. Oh my god Mari! How am I going to wait for book 7. How could you do this to me? I am utterly shocked and did not see that coming. Bloody brilliant! High five to you too.

The Northumberland setting also comes into its own here and I was fascinated by the historical aspect of it and it was really unique to be able to mix history and heritage into a gripping crime plot like this. Mari Hannah knows and loves Northumberland and puts a very unique part of its past on the literary map here. Northumberland shines and what a visit north it is!

This book just shines on so many levels – regular faces are back – Jo and Fiona so personal trauma is a key part of Kate’s story here, but the biggest obstacle for Kate is Atkins. Is it possible to want to thump a literary character? I do not like this man one bit. But what a role he and his daughter Beth play here.

And can I just say something for the dialogue?
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I have to be up front; I am a huge Kate Daniels fan. Gallows Drop is the latest crime fiction from Mari Hannah that features Kate Daniels and her team solving a murder set in Northumberland.

Early one morning, just as it is getting light, a body is found hanging from an ancient gallows. It is actually Winter’s Gibbet, near Elsdon, used for hangings, but not for a long time! It is a beautiful place to walk across wonderful countryside but holds a grisly past.

Kate is about to go on holiday with her long suffering partner, Jo, when this murder comes in. So DCI James Atkins is called in to investigate; but there is history between the two DCIs.

What I liked about this book are the stories that run alongside the murder theme and how they are interlinked and delve back into Kate’s past career. Many social questions are raised together with how the police force behaves with officers that may stray from the role model they are expected to portray.

The murder has taken place following a country show which Kate had been at. She had seen the victim only hours before his death, she has to search her own recollections to help to piece together time lines and what might have happened and be involved.

Kate is a gritty, committed and thorough DCI and puts career before her own needs and life.

I think Mari Hannah’s writing improves with every book of hers I read; and I’ve read all of them.

There is a great sense of place in this gripping novel with beautiful, but remote villages in Northumberland, long rural and meandering narrow roads snaking between places. Mari describes them well – they are places I know and walk in.
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As a huge fan of Mari Hannah's work, I already know and love the Kate Daniels books, but for me, Gallows Drop, the sixth in the series, is the best yet....and that really is saying something. Mari writes beautifully, carefully developing her plot and characters against the Northumberland location that she portrays so well. The story begins dramatically at dawn on a lonely stretch of road with a body hanging from an ancient gallows. Skilfully interwoven in the fast paced plot are details I was longing to discover from Kate's backstory. The characters are so alive and so human that it's impossible not to care about them and to believe in them. Every word counts. There is no padding in a Mari Hannah novel. It sounds clichéd to say that I couldn't put this book down and that I didn't want it to end, but it's the truth. Then at the end, I just wanted to know how long I have to wait for Kate Daniels book no 7!
Gallows Drop is crime fiction at its very best, written by an exceptionally talented writer. I recommend it very highly!
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Format: Hardcover
A teenager Northumbrian wrestling champion is found hung on ancient gallows, the morning after the local country show. DCI Kate Daniels is called out to the body two days before she is due to go on holiday and reconnect with her girlfriend Jo. She is forced to step aside so her nemesis DCI James Atkins can run the investigation in her absence he has even come back two days early from his leave to do so.

Kate Daniels is forced to watch Atkins lord it over her team as she stands by, but she is not going to be doing nothing with her few days. She decides to continue to investigate while Atkins pulls her team in all directions, as she notes he is not the most communicative of team leaders during a murder investigation.

As Daniels digs deeper in to the case she becomes aware that Atkins is not only holding back information from her team, but should also be handing the investigation over to another officer. The reason being that his daughter Beth is an eyewitness and friend of the murdered boy and may be key to the investigation.

When Daniels has to report what she knows to the Head of the MIT for Northumbria Police he removes Atkins, who goes full angry man at her. Not only does he out her in front of her team, but threatens her amongst many other things he wishes to do to her. Daniels remains dignified at all times even with Atkins doing his up most to make sure she fails, and even tries to block her getting to interview his daughter.

As the investigation continues Daniels’ private life seems to collapse around her, her lover leaves her, her father is desperately ill in hospital and she is physically and mentally drained.
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