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Stephen Fry and I are thrilled to be working with Mari on bringing the extraordinary Kate Daniels to life - Gina Carter.

NEWSFLASH: Kate Daniels Bursaries

My journey began at Creative Thursday a decade ago, a day of intensive creative writing workshops run by industry professionals and crime writing experts. I went away inspired to finish my debut, The Murder Wall, the first title to feature DCI Kate Daniels. 

To mark my year as Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival chair I’d like to offer an opportunity to win a place at Creative Thursday in 2019 and the charity Harrogate International Festivals have generously agreed to match this. These two bursaries include participation in Creative Thursday (July 18) reasonable travel within the UK, overnight accommodation for one night if required and signed copies of the Kate Daniels series. 

Interested? Submit a one line pitch and a short paragraph telling us how you would benefit from a Kate Daniels Bursary in 2019.Submissions close at midnight on Jun 25. Two lucky winners will be notified by via email by Monday, July 1. 

Have you got what it takes? Email your pitch to before midnight on June 25 with the email subject line The Date Daniels Bursaries and we might see you at Creative Thursday! 

Good luck!

Mari Hannah and the HIF Team.


I have fabulous news!

At a glitzy party at the Waldorf Hilton in London on Friday night, I was thrilled to receive the DIVA Wordsmith of the Year Award.

I can't tell you what this award means to me.

If you voted for me, thank you so much.

Mari x



The Scandal 

Thanks to all the readers and writers who've retweeted, shared, reviewed and sent messages about my new Stone and Oliver book this week, to Forum Books who organised such a fantastic launch event on the eve of The Scandal publication with ITV presenter, Ian Payne, in the chair. If you weren't able to attend, photographer Ian Wylie captured the fun. Click on the book cover to access the images.

See you here again soon. Mari x 



Well, I finally have news to share that you've all been waiting for.  

As many of you know already, Forum Books will be launching THE SCANDAL, Stone and Oliver (3) on March 6, on the eve of publication - see my previous post.

And now to the BIG news. I have just signed a new contract for three more books with Orion and can finally tell you that the first to be published - THE DESCENT - is a KATE DANIELS title. Yes, Kate is coming in March 2020 and then two more in the Stone and Oliver series. 

I can't tell you how excited I am about this!

Mari x  


Forum Books to launch The Scandal

On March 6, independent bookshop Forum Books will launch The Scandal at Newton and Bywell Community Centre.

This is Stone and Oliver 3. Really looking forward to seeing everyone. ITV's Ian Payne is chief interrogator this time and we have some super news to talk about!

For ticket information, click on the book jacket. 



Celebration Time . . .

On Thursday November 1, I celebrated the publication of my tenth book The Insider (Stone and Oliver 2) at St Andrews Church, Corbridge, an event organised by my local independent bookshop, Forum Books. What a party it was! Attaching the images of the event taken by Ian Wylie here. Click on the book cover.

Thanks to all who came along to share this special evening. Your support drives me to write the very best I'm capable of. 

Thank you all. Mari


It's Official!

I'm so proud to share the news that I've taken over from Lee Child as Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Programming Chair. These are big boots to fill, very big boots! I can't tell you how excited I'm to share a secret that I've kept for almost six months. It means the world to me to chair a festival that has been part of my life for over ten years. This week, the festival team revealed that James Patterson will headline at the festival in 2019. No one will be more delighted than I to welcome him to Harrogate. For the press release, click on the Theakston logo.    



Thursday Nov 1 at 7 p.m. Join me to celebrate my tenth crime novel The Insider on Publication Day!

This is Stone & Oliver #2 - the one you've all been waiting for! The event has been organised by Forum Independent Bookshop: For tickets, call at the shop The Chapel, Market Place, Corbridge, telephone 01434 632931 or book online by clicking on the 'Read On' Logo for full details.  



The Lost Publication Day. 

Last night, my ninth title The Lost - the first in a new series featuring DI David Stone and DS Frankie Oliver was launched at Forum Books in Corbridge to a full house with standing room only at the back.

I'd like to thank Helen (Forum's owner) for organising the event in her fabulous new independent bookshop, all those who came along to celebrate and local photographer Ian Wylie who captured the event on camera for us. As you can see, we had a lot of fun. If you'd like to take a peek at what went on, you can do so here: 

There are a few others to thank: my publishing team at Orion for their hard work; Val McDermid, Peter Robinson, Eva Dolan and Angela Marsons for the wonderful quotes they gave; reviewers and bloggers who read and reviewed The Lost so positively pre-publication; my readers who have and continue to support me and the amazing Twitter crowd who've sent good wishes today. 

Happy reading . . .



Dagger in the Library 2017

It was with much pride that I finally got my hands on the Dagger in the Library 2017 at a glittering awards ceremony in London on October 26.

To receive such an award is an honour so early in my career. It means so much because, in the early stages, it was librarians and readers who voted me onto the longlist. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for all the support they have given me since I was first published in 2012.

I grew up in a home that had few books. Libraries were very important to me. It breaks my heart that we are losing so many, along with the expertise of professional librarians and their amazing staff who can, and do, deliver so much more than books on shelves.

That's what makes this award all the more special.

Thank you, Mari x



I have news!

On Saturday, I attended the British Library in London for the CWA Dagger in the Library announcement. As my partner and I walked up to the gates, a woman was walking the other way. She was the spitting image of my friend and mentor, Carole Blake, whose agency I joined as a debut author and who, sadly, is no longer with us. I'm not normally superstitious but it made me wonder: was it a sign? An hour later, I was accepting the award! 

Grateful thanks must go to my amazing agent, Oli Munson, who has always believed in me; my publisher, Wayne Brookes, at Pan Macmillan; the CWA; the judges; the Reading Agency and my fellow shortlisted authors: Andrew Taylor, James Oswald, Kate Ellis, SJ Sansom and Tana French - all fine writers. As for me, I’m still pinching myself! And Carole, this is for you too! She'd have been the first to raise a glass. 

Mari x  


I'm moving (publishing) house.

I'm thrilled to announce a three book deal with publishing giant Orion Publishing to write a new series. The Orion name is synonymous with exceptional crime writers whose work I admire – I’m so proud to have joined them and thrilled at the prospect of a new challenge and being published to a wider, international audience. 

This is what Orion said: the first is a major deal for world rights for Mari Hannah, which sees the award winning crime writer move from Pan Macmillan to Orion Fiction. Pathak acquired three novels from Oli Munson at A.M. Heath in the Stone and Oliver series, with the first book, The Lost, being published as a paperback original in Spring 2018.

And a little hint of what is to come: Set against the backdrop of inner city Newcastle and the dramatic wilderness of Northumberland, the series follows DI David Stone, who has just arrived home from the Met police, and DS Frankie Oliver, a third generation detective who followed her father and grandfather into the force.

So, to bring you right up to date, I'm already working on The Lost and welcome you all to share in this new and exciting journey.



Journal Culture Awards 2017 - Writer of the Year finalist.

Exciting news! I've been nominated in the Journal Cuture Awards 2017 for Gallows Drop. There is no finer compliment than receiving validation from award judges following a public vote. The consequence of setting my books in the north means that my name has become synonymous with Newcastle/Northumberland where I live and work.

The cultural identity and heritage of the region is important to me and I am thrilled to recieve this recognition. The area and its people inspire me every day. One thing unites the people of the NE: they are passionate about this unique part of the world, a landscape that has long influenced art, be that music, painting, poetry or prose, providing writers and artists with a constant flow of ideas and creativity. These awards celebrate that cultural diversity and I’m so proud of being named as a finalist in the Culture Awards 2017 ‘Writer of the Year’ category.

To view all finalists, please click on the Culture Awards 2017 logo.


Dagger in the Library Nomination.

I'm really pleased to tell you that my work has been nominated for the Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library for the second time. I'm thrilled.

Thanks to my publisher Pan Macmillan, everyone who has supported me, all the librarians who voted me onto the longlist, but especially readers.

You can see the full longlist here: Dagger



Mari Christmas!

As the year draws to a close, I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who’s visited here, followed me on Twitter or written to me. If you’ve borrowed or bought my books in 2016 – discovered DCI Kate Daniels or met DS Matthew Ryan – I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my work as much as I've loved writing it.

Have fun over the festive season and all the best for 2017.