The Kate Daniels series has had a makeover in the UK with new covers on the first three books - see opposite. It's great to have uniformity. I hope you like them as much as I do. I'm sure you'll agree that Pan Macmillan art department have done an amazing job. If you'd like to see all covers used in the series, click on All Covers tab above.
For visitors here who are not on Twitter, I'd like to share some exciting news. I've been shortlisted for the prestigeous CWA Dagger in the Library. The announcement was made by Dead Good Books who sponsor the award. You can view the shortlist by clicking here.
The Dagger in the Library award is all the more special because it is readers who decide which authors make the longlist. Beyond that, it was judged this year by past winner, Steve Mosby, UK librarians - Mobeena Khan, Stewart Bain, Jennifer Stewart, Sue Wilkinson - and the director of the Crime Writers' Association, Lucy Santos. I'm honoured to have made the final cut and would like to thank everyone who voted for me.
The winner will be annouced in London at the beginning of December - time and venue to be confirmed.
I've been sitting on some amazing news and finally I'm able to share the press release . . .
Television rights in Mari Hannah’s Kate Daniels crime series have been optioned by Gina Carter and Stephen Fry at Sprout Pictures. The deal was negotiated by Daniel Nixon at Blake Friedmann on behalf of Oliver Munson at AM Heath & Co.
Gina Carter says: ‘Stephen and I are thrilled to be working with Mari on bringing the extraordinary Kate Daniels to life. I loved Kate from the start, her personal life is as captivating, intriguing and as complex as the cases she investigates.’
Mari Hannah says ‘From the moment I began talking to Sprout Pictures I knew we were the right fit for each other. Gina’s enthusiasm and vision for the series blew me away. The prospect of working with her and Stephen is almost too exciting for words.’
Four books in the award winning Northumberland based series have been published by Pan Macmillan with a fifth, KILLING FOR KEEPS, due in December. Wayne Brookes at Pan Macmillan has also contracted Hannah for a further two more Kate Daniels books, the first of which will be published in 2016.
All I can say is, go Kate!
Kate Daniels 5* has a cover!
Thank you Pan Macmillan art department - another amazing job.
For those of you who have been asking, Killing for Keeps is due to be published on 4th December 2014.
The CWA Dagger in the Library Longlist was announced earlier today and, as you will see when you click on the link, I'm on it. This is all the more satisfying because it is down to YOU - the readers and librarians who have followed my career since I was first published - I simply can't thank you enough. Congratulations to my fellow nominees - some of whom are friends - it's an honour to be named alongside you. I'm only sad that my dad isn't around to share this news. He died in May but I know he'd have been enormously proud. This one is for him.