The Murder Wall

Mari Hannah

2013 Winner

Polari First Book Prize

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27 August 2015
464 pages

The Murder Wall is Maria Hannah's first gripping crime novel featuring DCI Kate Daniels.

Eleven months after discovering a brutal double murder in a sleepy Northumbrian town, Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels is still haunted by her failure to solve the case. Then the brutal killing of a man on Newcastle’s Quayside gives Daniels another chance to get it right, and her first case as Senior Investigating Officer.

When Daniels recognizes the corpse, but fails to disclose the fact, her personal life swerves dangerously into her professional life. But much worse, she is now being watched.

As Daniels steps closer to finding a killer, a killer is only a breath away from claiming his next victim . . .

A promising start to a planned series.

Literary Review

With locations ranging from the city's bustling quayside to rural Northumberland villages, Hannah's debut is heavy on the atmosphere as well as the specifics of a creepily icky criminal.

Time Out