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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.

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.



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.



The Slice Girls uncut . . .

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


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.



Hot news! Just in: the cover image for my new standalone THE SILENT ROOM. Thanks to Justine Anweiler - Pan Macmillan art department - who has done an amazing job. I think it looks stunning.

THE SILENT ROOM will be published in hardback on 19th November 2015 - see press release below. Available to pre-order now.


Press Release

News I've been sitting on for months has finally been released. Pan Macmillan are to publish my standalone thriller THE SILENT ROOM in November of this year. I'd like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to them and to my agent Oli Munson at AM Heath who was behind this project all the way.

Writing something new was a personal challenge for me. I had an idea for a book that simply wouldn't have worked as a Kate Daniels novel and so I decided to create a whole new set of characters to tell the story. I hope this intrigues and excites you as much as it did me when I was writing it.

As always, thanks for the tremendous amount of support I continue to receive from around the world via email and on social media. You make the hard work worth it.




Publishing Director Wayne Brookes has acquired UK commonwealth rights including Canada to the first standalone thriller from Mari Hannah. Hannah has already received critical acclaim for her series of novels featuring DCI Kate Daniels with TV rights recently sold to Sprout Pictures owned by Gina Carter and Stephen Fry. The Silent Room which features a whole new cast of characters will be published in hardcover in November of this year with a mass market paperback edition to follow in September 2016.

Mari Hannah commented: ‘I’m thrilled that I can finally talk about this standalone. It’s an exciting departure for me, the sixth novel to be published by Pan Macmillan in a relatively short space of time. The buzz around this book shows confidence on all sides. I continue to work hard on my series but I’m immensely proud to have been offered this opportunity. This thriller just flew onto the page.’

Wayne Brookes said: ‘Mari Hannah is an incredibly gifted storyteller and this novel shows exactly how talented she is. The Kate Daniels series is crime-writing at its best, but this new novel shows that she knows exactly what to do with a bigger canvas. The characters are rich in depth and the plotting is flawless. Her current fans will love this book, and it’s sure to bring many more on board.

Oli Munson, Mari’s agent, added: ‘THE SILENT ROOM – as with all of Mari’s novels – has that unputdownable quality which is the hallmark of all great thrillers. I’m delighted that Wayne and the Pan Macmillan team will be publishing and taking Mari to new heights’

 Mari Hannah

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 has had five novels published: The Murder Wall (which won the Polari prize), Settled BloodDeadly Deceit, Monument to Murder and Killing for Keeps.

Mari Hannah was on the 2014 shortlist for The CWA Dagger in the Library which honours an author’s whole body of work to date.

For further information please contact Philippa McEwan on 0207 014 6179 or email


Looking good!

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.  


More news for Kate . . .

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.



A double celebration!

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!  


Newsflash: Killing for Keeps revealed.

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. 


Dagger nomination for Kate Daniels . . .

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.    



The Harrogate Crime Writing Festival takes place every July. The highlight of the year for those who love crime fiction, it brings together readers, bloggers, writers and publishing professionals from across the globe to discuss how best to commit the ultimate crime or just chill out at the Old Swan. 

This year was especially exciting for me. I was involved in the first panel of the festival - The Good Old Days - exploring different routes to publishing with Mark Edwards, James Oswald, Mel Sherratt and Martyn Waites. We all had a brilliant time, so thanks to all who came to cheer us on.  

For me, it was like coming of age at a festival that has held my hand and become such a big part of my journey to publication since I attended Creative Thursday many years ago. This is what a happy author looks like.

The panels I caught this year were wonderfully diverse, covering such a lot of ground. They were fun and informative and I heard much praise for the programming chair this year. I remember what a popular choice Steve Mosby was when his appointment was announced. There were no dissenting voices then and none as the weekend drew to a close.

Congratulations to him and all committee members: Jane Gregory, David Shelley, NJ Cooper, Val McDermid and festival reader in residence, David Mark. Thanks to Sharon Canavar and all festival staff who worked so hard to make it happen. Like any good party, it looked like it had taken no effort at all.

Congratulation must also go to a terrific bunch of readers who joined me at the Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday night, an evening hosted by the very talented Ann Cleeves. I was delighted when Hannah’s 8 were proclaimed the winners, each winning a signed copy of one of Ann’s books, two of whom won a signed copy of a first edition hardback.   

I’ll just finish with ten things people may or may not have said at Harrogate, some you might understand, some not. If not, make sure you join us next year.      

1. I'm rubbish at taking a selfie.

2. Have you seen so and so.

3. We follow each other on Twitter.

4. I’m feeling rather shabby.  

5. The only place you can have breakfast sitting next to your heroes.

6. Steve Mosby has done a fantastic job! 

7. They’ve sold out of your books. 

8. Stav was only asleep for an hour and a half before his panel.

9. Where are they serving this Mosby cake? 

10. They ran out of beer . . . again! 

If you love crime fiction, put Harrogate 2015 in your diary. It takes place between 16th and the 19th July. See you there!    


Two more Kate Daniels for the US

Apologies to US readers. I should have mentioned this a while ago but it went out of my head following my father's sudden death. I'm delighted to announce that Harper Collins/Witness Impulse have offered for two more in the Kate Daniels series so, to all of you who've asked, there are more on their way! As soon as I know publication dates, I'll post them here. Thanks for your continued support.



A Very Happy Anniversary.

Wow! If anyone had taken a punt on how far I'd go in the two years following publication and come up with the list below, I'd have looked around for the men in white coats. Yes, today is only the second anniversary of my debut THE MURDER WALL hitting the book shelves and it has far outweighed my expectations.

Two years. Four books in print. A further contract with UK publisher Pan Macmillan. The Polari Prize 2013. An ebook deal with Harper Collins/Witness Impulse in the US which morphed into a physical deal and the publication of three books in three consecutive months late last year. Appearances at Crimefest, Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and Iceland Noir to look forward to, among others . . .

I'd like to acknowledge all who have helped along the way: publishing staff who have worked tirelessly on my behalf on both sides of the Atlantic, my fabulous agent Oli Munson at A.M. Heath and Blake Friedmann Literary, Film & TV Agency before that, every festival and library who have invited me to spread the word about Kate Daniels. None of this would have happened without the hardworking booksellers and librarians who have recommended the series to the public. I must also mention every single person who has taken the trouble to write to me, tweeted with/for me or reviewed my books and, most importantly, the readers. You are all amazing. Thank you.


Love books? Love travel? I give you the Buena Vista Book Club.

A while ago, I was approached by the team behind an exciting new venture, the wonderful Buena Vista Book Club.

As a Northern Writers' Award winner, I was delightled to be one of the first authors to make a video, a chance to showcase the region I write about, my favourite part of the world.

The site has launched today. It's free to join and there is a chance to win a complete set of the Kate Daniels crime fiction series. Click on the BVBC logo above and take a look for yourself.