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Mari Hannah

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Multi-award-winning author/screenwriter Mari Hannah is the creator of three contemporary crime series set in Northumberland where she lives: Kate Daniels, Ryan & O’Neil, and Stone & Oliver. She’s written 14 books since 2012 and her work has been sold around the world and translated into other languages.

Both Mari and her partner have experience of working in the criminal justice system; her partner is a former murder detective. Mari’s career as a Probation Officer was cut short following an assault on duty. She then transitioned to writing.

Mari won a place on the BBC’s North East Voices Drama Development Scheme after pitching her original crime series. Through this, her first Kate Daniels novel THE MURDER WALL was developed, which won her the Polari First Book Prize. This is now in development with Sprout Pictures.

In 2019, she was Programming Chair of Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, the biggest of its type in the world. She’s represented by Oli Munson of AM Heath for her literary work and Conrad Williams of Blake Friedmann Literary Agency for media. Her books have been published by Pan Macmillan and Orion fiction in the UK.

Other Awards

2010 Northern Writers’ Award for Settled Blood

2013 Polari First Book Prize for The Murder Wall

2016: Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2017

2017: Winner of the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work

2019: Diva Wordsmith of the Year

2020: Capital Crime’s Crime Book of the Year for Without a Trace  

Books by Mari Hannah

  • The Longest Goodbye The Longest Goodbye


  • Black Fell Black Fell


  • The Murder Wall The Murder Wall

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  • Her Last Request Her Last Request

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  • The Lost The Lost

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  • The Insider The Insider

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  • The Scandal The Scandal

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  • The Death Messenger The Death Messenger

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  • Deadly Deceit Deadly Deceit

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  • Monument to Murder Monument to Murder

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  • Killing for Keeps Killing for Keeps

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  • Gallows Drop Gallows Drop

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  • The Silent Room The Silent Room

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  • Settled Blood Settled Blood

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