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The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah
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Read from September 12 to October 23, 2012

Excellent first novel, a police procedural on the hunt for a serial killer. The main character is DCI Kate Daniels a bit of a loner trying to make a name for herself in a male dominated force. Putting her career first seems to have impacted negatively on her family and personal life.
The theme of watching/observing out of windows, being stalked is a strong one and resonates throughout the book. It adds real menace and a sense of danger in a lot of the passages; especially as the story builds to a thrilling climax.
I liked the short chapters, the ever present tension and clever dialogue. Mistakes are made during the investigation and the police are seen as human slowly piecing the evidence together.
The undeclared personal involvement of the lead officer is well handled and helps the book get off to a promising start with a sense of danger/disclosure that threatens the whole murder hunt. The various "killers" in the frame also adds to the confusion and gets your mind working right from the start.
No great underlining message here but rather a subtle reflection on a number of issues by a skilled writer.
I liked the setting, the characters and the honest, clear descriptions and overwhelming sense of foreboding. Mari Hannah is a fine new author and a welcome addition to this genre.
I look forward to further installments from Newcastle CID and without hesitation recommend The Murder Wall to lovers of crime fiction.
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Richard Excellent first novel, a police procedural on the hunt for a serial killer. The main character is DCI Kate Daniels a bit of a loner trying to make a name for herself in a male dominated force. Putting her career first seems to have impacted negatively on her family and personal life.
The theme of watching/observing out of windows, being stalked is a strong one and resonates throughout the book. It adds real menace and a sense of danger in a lot of the passages; especially as the story builds to a thrilling climax.
I liked the short chapters, the ever present tension and clever dialogue. Mistakes are made during the investigation and the police are seen as human slowly piecing the evidence together.
The undeclared personal involvement of the lead officer is well handled and helps the book get off to a promising start with a sense of danger/disclosure that threatens the whole murder hunt. The various "killers" in the frame also adds to the confusion and gets your mind working right from the start.
No great underlining message here but rather a subtle reflection on a number of issues by a skilled writer.
I liked the setting, the characters and the honest, clear descriptions and overwhelming sense of foreboding. Mari Hannah is a fine new author and a welcome addition to this genre.
I look forward to further installments from Newcastle CID and without hesitation recommend The Murder Wall to lovers of crime fiction


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