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


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

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!