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Killing for Keeps (DCI Kate Daniels #5)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  132 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
The next gripping novel by Mari Hannah.

THEY KNOW HE'S COMING. Two brothers from the same criminal family die within hours of each other, five miles apart, one on the edge of a Newcastle industrial estate, the other in a busy A & E department of a local hospital, unseen by the triage team. Both victims have suffered horrific injuries. Who wanted them dead? Will they kil
ebook, 416 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Witness Impulse (first published December 1st 2014)
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PrettyFlamingo I've not read the others. I started with this one, and bought it because of a place I recently went to that featured in it. I've not found it a…moreI've not read the others. I started with this one, and bought it because of a place I recently went to that featured in it. I've not found it a problem not having read the others. (less)
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Aug 15, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing
It is hard to believe that Mari Hannah's Northumbrian crime series is now at book five. It really is. This is one series that I absolutely have to read. It combines a very modern lead in Kate Daniels, great gritty crime for those of us with strong stomachs and it's set in the north.

Kate Daniels is a rather exhausted and over-worked DCI. Those around her notice that her judgement is not always spot on. She is very grumpy, over emotional and not entirely professional. Kate is in desperate need of
Jan 12, 2015 Raven rated it really liked it
Killing For Keeps is the fifth instalment of the excellent DCI Kate Daniels series, and once again consolidates Hannah’s growing reputation at the core of the British crime genre, alongside the names of Denise Mina, Ann Cleeves and Sharon Bolton.

Two brothers from the same criminal family die within hours of each other, five miles apart: one on the edge of a Newcastle industrial estate, the other in a busy A & E department, unseen by the triage team. Both victims have suffered horrific, bruta
Killing for Keeps is the fifth installment in the Kate Daniels series - set in and around the North East - in this instance Newcastle and Blanchland. This is a hard-hitting and chilling case for Northumbria Police, the worst torture case they’ve ever seen.

Mari Hannah has raised the stakes this time - the prologue sets the scene for what will follow. And the first chapter (six weeks later) opens the door to a thrilling narrative when we see just what has taken place and what Kate and her team ar
Feb 03, 2016 Alena rated it it was ok
This one left me kid of cold, even though I thought it had a strong start.

The case had a lot of potential but somehow got messy. Not everything made sense and even the fast pace couldn't cover that up.

Also, someone please tell writers of crime series that there surely are alternatives to protagonists having on again, off again relationships over the course of the series... it bores me endlessly, especially when nothing really changes in regard to character development.
Oct 13, 2016 PrettyFlamingo rated it liked it
This is the 5th instalment in a series featuring detective Kate Daniels although it doesn’t matter whether you’d read the previous books or not – I hadn’t. Immediately the reader is thrown into the violent, horrific world of Glasgow psycho gang members, retribution and torture. The images this brings up aren’t for the faint hearted and though I accept it was necessary to set the scene I didn’t enjoy reading about it. Neither do I like anything about gangsters. I’m surprised I liked anything ...more
Tim Mcphillips
Nov 24, 2016 Tim Mcphillips rated it liked it
It keeps going at a fast pace.
Lucy Hay
Oct 09, 2016 Lucy Hay rated it really liked it
With a strong sense of place, KILLING FOR KEEPS explodes into being with a gory gangland double slaying. Daniels is a modern heroine, who's deeply intelligent and her relationships with Jo, Hank and Bright deepen our understanding into her motivations and hunches throughout the case. The investigation is sprawling, with the gangsters one step ahead all the way - but Kate is determined to bring them down. It's an epic grudge match that's extremely satisfying and it's great to see a female lead in ...more
Claire Kittridge
Oct 14, 2016 Claire Kittridge rated it it was amazing
Cannot get enough of DCI Kate Daniels. I came to this series late, and am tearing through it.
Mar 23, 2015 Miles rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
I’d intended reading Mari Hannah’s latest book – Killing for Keeps – in November last year and despite all the very best intentions from yours truly it has remained gathering dust on the bookshelf. I was reminded subliminally to pick it up in December when the Geordie penguin - John Lewis spoof - video was doing the rounds “I’m blind Dec, I’m blind” but it wasn’t until I had a few moments peace this week that I succeeded in not only wiping off said dust but actually reading it! It’s hard to ...more
Feb 12, 2015 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two brothers from the same criminal family die within hours of each other, five miles apart, one on the edge of a Newcastle industrial estate, the other in a busy A & E department of a local hospital, unseen by the triage team. Both victims have suffered horrific injuries. Who wanted them dead? Will they kill again? Investigating these brutal and bloody killings leads DCI Kate Daniels to break some rules, putting her career as well as her life on the line.

As the body count rises in the worst
May 20, 2015 Kate rated it liked it
First book of this author I have read. The plot was good the story was OK. But the characters were, for the most part, not particularly interesting or sympathetic. I am going to get cranky here and probably very non PC but why is it necessary to get into someone's sexual orientation in a murder mystery unless it is germane to the plot? It seems like every third book I read where there is a female detective she is a lesbian. Guess what? I don't care. I stopped reading Patricia Cornell's books ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
Loved Killing for Keeps - the latest in the DCI Kate Daniels series by Mari Hannah. It has a very tight plot beginning with two rather gruesome murders, and Kate's emotional instability on the personal front. The on again, off again relationship with profiler Jo is ever present with Kate yo-yo back and forth throughout the novel. I find myself rooting for their relationship as misunderstandings and work pressures abound. Kate's partner Hank support is very gratifying and he and Kate's ...more
Marina Sofia
Nov 30, 2014 Marina Sofia rated it really liked it
I am a huge Kate Daniels fan (and of her creator, Mari Hannah) and I've felt that each novel in the series was getting better and better. This is the fifth one and I'm a bit torn about it. The authenticity of the atmosphere in the midst of a police investigation, the incident room, the murder wall, the discussions and rivalries in a police station remain impeccable. But the subject matter of gang wars perhaps does not appeal to me as much - it's hard to feel much sympathy about hardened ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
The story begins with a gruesome crime when a man is found murdered by being attached under a van while the van was driven. A few hours later the first mans brother is found murdered too. And so begins the hunt for a crime family - a family in feud
Kate and Hank try to track the suspected scottish brothers whom they believed murdered the first two brothers in an act of revenge.
Very gruesome ...
KAte is exhausted and everyone believes she needs time off - but its not going to happen while these mur
Alison Gray
Apr 18, 2015 Alison Gray rated it it was amazing
This was another excellent read following DCI Kate Daniels investigation into gang warfare on her patch. The gruesome killings and the characters involved give this a difficult start but it soon becomes personal when Kate begins to lose control. The story has plenty of twists and turns and Kate and her trusted sidekick Hank Gormley end up flying to Spain on the trail of two opposing gang members. This made it more international in appeal as we got to see not only how different forces within ...more
jane shambler shambler

I have to wait far too long for my next fix. I'm desperate to know if Kate and Jo finally get it together. Hope so!!!!!! You'll have to read these books if you wanna know what I'm talking about. You won't be disappointed. They are extremely well written and the storylines are fantastic. You even get to know the characters really well. Great author I'm really looking forward to reading number six, actually just ordered it. Couldn't put it down.
Wendy Greenberg
Jan 13, 2015 Wendy Greenberg rated it liked it
Was really
looking enjoying this until the denouement which just had too many flaws, that could so easily, not have been there, with a good editor. First, insulin doesn't have a shelf life of a month...nothing like...Second, we don't need telling 3 times in almost so many chapters that Hank has lost 3 stones. Once the reader is assumed to be an idiot, there is no way back! That said, I retain a soft spot for the very flawed Kate Daniels!
Aug 08, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always enjoyed Mari Hannah's novels but this was the best one in the series, in my opinion. I really hope there will be many more. However, I would suggest, if you haven't read the previous novels, that you start with 'The Murder Wall'.
Jun 02, 2016 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good quick read, plot takes us from Newcastle to rural Northumberland to Glasgow &, very briefly, Edinburgh, and finally to Spain. Very brutal murders, and the police really despite their bravado are outwitted. The Kate/Jo thing is back on, it seems.
Martina Lennon
Aug 09, 2016 Martina Lennon rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
I absolutely hate gangland crime as a genre so that's why this is just a 4. Still the partnership of Daniels and Gormley work well.
Aug 04, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Probably not 2.5 than a 3. I found this hard work to read and not nearly so good as the others in the series
Caroline Ingvaldsen
Apr 07, 2015 Caroline Ingvaldsen rated it really liked it
Satisfyin fifth in the DCI Kate Daniels series, a reliable procedural with consistent characterization, plotting and edgy violence
Dec 02, 2014 Pam rated it really liked it
My of Killing For Keeps by Mari Hannah is now up on the blog. This novel is a thrilling new addition to the DCI Kate Daniels series
Nerys Roberts
Jun 18, 2016 Nerys Roberts rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable installment of the DCI Daniels series and again I found this one hard to put down. Looking forward to the next installment.
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Amanda Crozier
Jan 24, 2015 Amanda Crozier rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not gripping enough for me. Have given up which is unusual for me.
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When an injury on duty ended my career as Probation Officer, I began writing. I am the author of the Kate Daniels series published by Pan Macmillan. My debut, The Murder Wall, was written as a TV pilot for a BBC Drama Development Scheme - before the adaption. The novel has recently been nominated for the Polari First Book Prize. Before becoming an author, I fell in love with scriptwriting and ...more
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Other Books in the Series

DCI Kate Daniels (6 books)
  • The Murder Wall (DCI Kate Daniels, #1)
  • Settled Blood (DCI Kate Daniels, #2)
  • Deadly Deceit (DCI Kate Daniels, #3)
  • Monument To Murder (DCI Kate Daniels, #4)
  • Gallows Drop (DCI Kate Daniels, #6)

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