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Nobody understands the many faces of cops better than Mari Hannah. Val McDermid

Truly absorbing. Peter Robinson 

Mari Hannah's already assured command of the crime fiction idiom has even managed to grow incrementally, as The Death Messenger proves. It's a reminder of how appropriate her recent CWA Dagger win was. Barry Foreshaw: 

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

This award winning crime thriller series has evolved into one of the best in the market. 

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.

Thanks . . . 

Yesterday, I wrote the dedications and acknowledgements for THE MURDER WALL. It took longer than expected and ruined my mascara in the process. It's such a emotional thing to do.

This morning, it occurred to me that it's impossible to thank everyone who helped me write this book. I am of course referring to fellow writers whose books I've enjoyed reading myself, authors who've inspired me over the years to hone my craft and strive to tell the most interesting story I am capable of. 

And then there are those who have unknowingly contributed, people whose conversations I have overheard snippets of in shops, on trains, whilst standing in queues. People I met along the way who said or did something that prompted an idea, whose physical appearance or presence formed the basis of an interesting character in the book.

To all of them, I say a special thank you here.  


Don't hold back!

As a recipient of a The Northern Writers’ Awards in 2010 I'd like to acknowledge the support of New Writing North, Arts Council England and the Leighton group who sponsored the awards last year.

The silly thing is I very nearly didn't enter. It was around this time last year. I was busy with yet another draft of THE MURDER WALL and sent my entry off at the very last minute . . .

. . . and won! Since then, my writing has really taken off. I've moved forward in so many ways. I've been mentioned in trade magazines, interviewed by local newspapers - even crowned Echo Woman by one! I've also come to the attention the Hexham Book Festival director who is keen to promote my work even further when my books are out in print. IN PRINT? Crumbs! Did I say that out loud?

I won the Time to Write Award for my second novel at a time when my debut had sold in Germany but not in my home market. But, three months after winning, I was offered a three book deal (UK and Commonwealth rights plus Canada) from one of the most sought after publishers, Pan Macmillan. The first two novels (THE MURDER WALL and SETTLED BLOOD) are scheduled for publication in 2012, such is the enthusiasm for the series.

Only this week, news that an earlier local award winner Dan Smith has been short-listed for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2011 further demonstrates how important these awards are to local writers. Who knows? Perhaps the Northern Writers’ Award will be the first of many for me too!

I'm extremely grateful to New Writing North for supporting my work. It's not the first time: their generous staff played a significant role in my securing a top London agent at Blake Friedmann after several years trying to do this on my own.

I'm delighted to have been able to give a little back by promoting the Northern Writers’ Awards 2011 in the press and on social networking sites recently. Without them, there would be few opportunities for new writers to break into what is a very difficult market to conquer. 

So if anyone out there is holding back as I was, too self-conscious or too busy to enter, there is still time. Just go for it! Details on I wish all of you the very best of luck . . .



German book cover has arrived and it looks great. This is so exciting. Definitely worth celebrating. Now where's that bubbly?


Good news all round . . .

After several days without a computer I'm finally up and running again. On Friday last, I received edits for THE MURDER WALL from Pan Mac publishing director, Wayne Brookes. He described it as 'a bloody great novel' and is writing down jacket ideas. He says 'WE'RE ON OUR WAY!' His lovely email made me cry.


Food for thought?

I abandoned my desk yesterday in favour of a day out, travelled north to the fabulous Northumberland coast in the name of research for MONUMENT TO MURDER, book four in the Kate Daniels series. Took a flask of soup - good. Had cream  tea on the way home in Alnwick - very bad! But mission accomplished nevertheless. It's a hard life . ..


It's raining . . .

Been playing with website content before we go 'live' - see Forthcoming Books. Need to check with Oli (agent) and Wayne Brookes (Pan Mac publishing director) that I can include a short 'unofficial' blurb on each book before it disappears into the ether.  


Until we meet again . . .

Gutted to learn today that Lorissa Bouwer is leaving Blake Friedmann and returning to South Africa in a few months time. Thanks for all your assistance, Lorissa. You will be sadly missed!  


German debut.

Looking forward to receiving the jacket for my debut novel which is due out in Germany in September. I'm told it's imminent. So exciting! Title over there: Sein Zorn komme über uns.


Getting to grips with Twitter . . .

Going for a crash course on Friday with my good friend Liv Chapman at New Writing North. Missed the course she ran last year. Wish I hadn't!

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London Calling

Been in London this week. Had dinner with my agent Oli on Thursday night. Good news: he's just finished reading book three - THE LAST DECEPTION - and loved it. Phew . . . not that I was nervous or anything! 

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