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Nobody understands the many faces of cops better than Mari Hannah. Val McDermid

Mari Hannah's already assured command of the crime fiction idiom has even managed to grow incrementally, as The Death Messenger proves. It's a reminder of how appropriate her recent CWA Dagger win was. Barry Foreshaw: 

A vivid new hero in this satisfyingly dark and tense thriller. The Independent 

This award winning crime thriller series has evolved into one of the best in the market. 

They're just great reads. Stephen Fry, Sprout Pictures 

 

If proof were neeed that Hannah's DCI Kate Daniels is a great addition to the crime scene, then here it is. Peterborough Telegraph

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 

Solid plotting ... a satisfying and meaty read. The Guardian

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Sunday
Oct292017

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

 

Monday
Jun192017

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  

Thursday
Mar092017

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.

Mari 

Thursday
Mar092017

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.

Tuesday
Feb072017

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

Saturday
Dec242016

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.

Tuesday
Nov222016

International Dublin Literary Award 2017 Nomination 

I'm delighted to tell you that THE SILENT ROOM has been longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. For a list of all books shortlisted, click the link: http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie

I'd like to thank the Newcastle Library Service for the nomination.  

Wednesday
Jul132016

Cover reveal.

I'm a bit late with this so apologies.

For those of you who've been waiting for THE SILENT ROOM paperback, here it is. Another stunning cover from Pan Macmillan art department. 

THE SILENT ROOM is available for pre-order now and will be published in this format on October 6 2016. 

Friday
Apr152016

I have news!

Thrilled to be able to share that I'm taking over as Reader in Residence at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. This means that I'll be taking the Big Read on the road to libraries across the north of England. I'll be celebrating the work of a much loved writer, PD James. The title chosen this year is a cracker: An Unsuitable Job For A Woman. For a full list of venues and dates visit my events page.

Wednesday
Mar162016

Coming later this year . . .

For those who’ve waited patiently for news of Kate Daniels 6, I can now share the cover of Gallows Drop and a little hint of what's to come . . .

At dawn on a lonely stretch of road, a body is found hanging from an ancient gallows the morning after a country show. Hours earlier, DCI Kate Daniels had seen the victim alive. With her leave period imminent, she's forced to step aside when DCI James Atkins is called in to investigate. There's bad blood between them. 

When Kate discovers that Atkins' daughter was an eyewitness to a fight involving the victim, the two detectives lock horns and he's bumped off the case. It's the trigger for a vicious attack on Kate, exposing a secret she's kept hidden for years and unearthing an even darker one. 

Shaken but undeterred, Kate sets out to solve a case that has shocked a close-knit village community. As suspects emerge, she uncovers a curious historical connection with a hangman, a culture of systematic bullying, a web of deceit and a deep-seated psychosis, any one of which could be motive for murder.

The novel will be published on November 17th 2016 and is available for pre-order by clicking the cover image.

Wednesday
Dec232015

Happy holidays.

Before the mania begins - whether or not you celebrate Christmas - I'd like to welcome new visitors from home and abroad and take a moment to thank the many librarians, bloggers, booksellers and readers who have contacted me in 2015. You are truly generous. 

I haven't written a poem, short or long story, self-published a special ebook for Christmas or named my favourite books of the year - there simply hasn't been time. I have enjoyed receiving your emails, laughed out loud and ocassionally shed a tear reading your wonderful posts on social media. 

If I have not kept up with your news, it is not for the want of trying. My year has had its ups and downs, but it has been an amazing one professionally and there is more good news to come in the New Year. Many thanks if you have read and reviewed my books. Your support means everything. Mari x

Tuesday
Dec012015

What the press are saying about The Silent Room 

A vivid new hero in this satisfyingly dark and tense thriller. The Independent

Voted by the Queen of Icelandic Crime Yrsa Sigurdardottir as one of her Best Books of 2015 for the Sunday Times Crime Club. Compelling characters, a gripping plot, superb pacing and heart, something many books in the genre sorely lack. 

Taut storytelling and razor-sharp dialogue. The Mail

Named as one of Marie Claire's Best Thrillers of 2015: Read it on your commute and you'll be looking over your shoulder the whole way home.

High drama and thrills kept credible by well-drawn characters. Sunday Times Crime Club

Pacey stand-alone thriller . . . delicious twists and turns. S Magazine

A hard-as-nails standalone thriller. Peterborough Telegraph

The Sun: A rollercoaster ride involving corruption, surveillance and espionage as Ryan uncovers an international conspiracy of the highest order. 

Masterful plotting and superb characterisation. Could The Silent Room herald the start of a very special new crime series? Lancashire Evening Post.

I'd like to thank all of the above and the many crime bloggers who have reviewed the book.

Mari 

Tuesday
Nov102015

Whatever you say to a publisher is confidential, right?

My confession is on the Pan Macmillan site. This is a fun post ahead of publication next week of THE SILENT ROOM. I hope you enjoy.

PS: No animals were hurt in the process of this Q&A.

Mari 

Thursday
Sep172015

The Slice Girls uncut . . .

With cameo appearance by Ian Rankin. Click here to view how much fun we had at Bloody Scotland.   

Sunday
Jun072015

Some friendships just work.

A symbiotic relationship, a formidable team. That's the way I described my relationship with independent bookseller Helen Stanton ahead of IBW 2015. Head over to Indie Bound to read more.