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'Taut storytelling and razor-sharp dialogue.' Daily Mail


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

'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.' 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.

My favourite colour today is beige ...

Following on from the announcement of the Polari First Book Prize shortlist, Beige Magazine have been asking about Kate Daniels, how to write an edge-of-your-seat thriller and my thoughts on lesbian fiction. You can read the full interview at the Beige website here.


Books ARE my Bag

A day that celebrates books and bookshops is always welcome. The Books Are My Bag campaign was an outstanding success yesterday, kicking off with a bookshop party at Forum Books in Corbridge, my local independent store.

We had cake and balloons and lots of fun with owner Helen Stanton who works extremely hard to support readers and writers throughout the year. It was a pleasure to join her and her staff along with other local authors.

I think Helen's window display was amazing - check out The Murder Wall centre stage! I just knew that orange cover was right as soon as I saw it. 

We had a lovely party and I'd really like to thank all those readers who came along to make the party so special. You were ace! 


Polari Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for The Polari First Book Prize 2013 was announced on Wednesday 11th September at the Polari Literary Salon at the Southbank Centre and I was thrilled to find that The Murder Wall made the list. Hooray!

Speaking on behalf of the judges, Literary critic Suzi Feay said: “From such a strong longlist, it was difficult to narrow down the choices to the final five ... these are books to dazzle, amuse and beguile.”

The winner will be announced at Polari in the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre on Wednesday, November 13th. Wish me luck!


US cover.

As you know, the first three books in the Kate Daniels series have been acquired by Witness Impulse, an imprint of William Morrow/Harper Collins in the US.

I'd like to share my US cover of The Murder Wall with you. I think the designer has done a great job. 




Monument to Murder 


Hooray! This is the best birthday present ever!

Due to demand, a little hard work from me and a lot from the whole of the Pan Macmillan team, the publication of Kate Daniels (4) MONUMENT TO MURDER has been brought forward to 21st November 2013!

I think the cover looks absolutely stunning. I'd be really grateful if you could share this news as widely as possible.