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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.
- CWA Dagger in the Library - Winner
2010 Northern Writers’ Award for Settled Blood
2013 Polari First Book Prize for The Murder Wall
2014: Shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library
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
Her Last Request
Without a Trace
The Death Messenger
The Murder Wall
Monument to Murder
Killing for Keeps
The Silent Room
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