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

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


'DCI Kate Daniels: a Northerner to join the roster of top literary detectives.' Marcel Berlins - The Times.

'Solid plotting ... a satisfying and meaty read.' Laura Wilson - The Guardian.

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Forum makes it a double century

Oh wow! I've always supported independent bookshops but I'd like to take this opportunity to say how much support I've received in return from one shop in particular.

The tiny bookshop in my village, Forum Books, Corbridge - run by Helen Stanton and her fantastic staff - has just sold it's 200th copy of The Murder Wall!

I think deserves a great big round of applause. 



Independent Booksellers Week

I can hardly believe that it's a year since I pulled on a T-shirt to celebrate Independent Booksellers Week, but it is. It was great to hang out again this morning with Helen Stanton of Forum Books. She took over the bookshop in my village a couple of years ago and it has gone from strength to strength, arranging literary events, engaging with the communtiy, and generally promoting books and reading.

So, a big round of applause to Forum, to Helen and her wonderful staff. Let's hear it for all indie booksellers - enjoy IBW13!    


The Birth of a Crime Series

Yay! I made the arts and entertainment pages of Diva Magazine online - and not only that. My article is the second 'most read' on the site presently! How cool is that? If you would like to read the article, here's the link: DIVA


Thank you Crimefest!

For those who know me well, I'll be forgiven for posting this late. I was called away from Crimefest early due to a family emergency, but I couldn't let such a wonderful festival go by without congratulating the organisers. Well done everyone! This year was even better than 2012.

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Doncaster Literary Festival: my final Read Regional event

Turn the Page at Doncaster Literary Festival was my final Read Regional event today and marks the end of a wonderful year travelling around the north of England. The whole point of the Read Regional campaign was to promote and connect local readers to books by local authors.

During my journey across libraries and book festivals in the north, it came as no surprise that people enjoy reading books by local writers because they have told me so - both face to face and in letters I've received on my website. 

My Kate Daniels series is set in and around Newcastle and Northumberland. I've always thought that setting is as important as any character in a book and it seems that readers agree with me. They love it when they recognise the streets and buildings familiar to them. So, while I'm on the subject of northern setting let me introduce you to my fellow Read Regional author, Russ Litten. 

During Read Regional I was frequently paired with Russ, a wonderful author whose first book Scream If You Want To Go Faster is set in Hull. I've heard him read from it on numerous occasions and, if you like northern settings, you should go out and buy it. His second book Swear Down is a crime novel set in the south - we are now in competition! - but I won't hold that against him.

I'd not met Russ before this campaign but it has been my absolute pleasure to work with him.  I'm sure he would agree that it's been a blast discussing our different routes to publication, our books and writing in general. We've touched on poetry, short stories and screenwriting that have all played a part in our early writing careers. We've been asked many questions about how we write, plan, plot - where we get our inspiration from.

We've talked to many aspiring writers trying to find their own voice, seeking help about agents and the publishing industry . . . and we hope that, in some small way, we've given them good advice. There is life after rejection for those who keep the faith and are brave enough to share their work to others. 

I'd just like to end by acknowledging New Writing North who organise the Read Regional campaign and support local writers. Thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity to connect with local people and spread the word about my books. I've met many lovely people along the way, librarians and library assistants, writers, readers and Russ. 

This post will also appear on the Read Regional blog.  

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