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The Murder Wall

(DCI Kate Daniels #1)

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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  828 ratings  ·  101 reviews
The Murder Wall: It's where you look death in the face.

Months after discovering a double homicide in a sleepy village, detective Kate Daniels is still haunted by her failure to solve the crime. When a new murder gives Daniels her first case as officer in charge, she jumps at another chance to get it right.

But even more shocking than the brutal killing is the fact that Dani
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ebook, 544 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Witness Impulse (first published June 1st 2010)
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Liz Barnsley
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great first outing for what I'm sure will turn into a popular series featuring Kate Daniels. Here, she takes on her first case as lead detective but fails to disclose her connection to the victim, putting her career in jeopardy. Perfectly paced, great characterisation and an interesting plot make for a terrific read. Crime fiction is a huge genre, with many new novels appearing all the time, some of them terrific, some of them - well, frankly, quite awful. I would put "The Murder Wall ...more
Curlyhair
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, crime, wom-2017
My first book read by this author (yes and its the first in the series) and I really enjoyed it. A decent story. Likeable characters and enough background on them to keep you interested in where do they go next. Also as this is set in my home town, well sort of - I live near enough and knew everywhere in the book - that was a nice little extra. I'll definitely be reading more.
Julie
The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah is Kate Daniels thriller published by Witness Impulse an imprint of Harper Collins. This is a 2012 copyright.

Kate Daniels, a detective is has been haunted by a murder case nearly a year old. A girl and a priest were murdered, the priest had a prayer card in his hand at the time of death. The case is cold as ice, but the girl's parents are always in touch with Kate, their grief keeping the case in Kate's mind.
But, when Alan Stephens is murdered, a man familiar to Ka
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Christine
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate Daniels is a tough DCI in the north east of England. She goes on the hunt for a killer, who leaves prayer cards with his victims. Things get very intense, as her ex-girlfriend Jo mistakenly becomes a prime suspect.

What stood out for me were the characterisations of Kate and Jo. Kate was such a strong character. I wanted to know more about what made her tick. She has such potential as a character, with her secrecy and her determination. I loved the interaction between Kate and Jo, and how w
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Sarah
May 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimepieces
The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah is a debut police procedural set in the North East of England. The book opens with the double murder in a church of a young woman and a priest, and the arrival of Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels. The narrative then forwards eleven months and we see Kate in her role as a member of Newcastle’s Murder Investigation Team (MIT) where the double killing remains unsolved to the frustration of all involved. A new death, the murder of Alan Stephens, gives Kate the ch ...more
Richard
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
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Beth
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lesbian central characters are a sadly rare breed in crime fiction today, so when I find one, and a genuine, strong, likeable one at that, I am very happy.

The Murder Wall is Mari Hannah's first novel, and as far as first novels go, this is a good one. A solid detective story which picks up pace as it goes, by the end of the book I was in the stage of being desperate to know what happens, but wanting to pace myself because I didn't want the book to end, which is always the sign of a good read for
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Alma
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really fast and furious read with the protagonist being a feisty female detective called Kate Daniels. Daniels doesn't stand any nonsense or flak from her work colleagues and doesn't ask them to do anything she wouldn't do herself. After several murders the team are eventually in agreement there is a serial killer at large who is committing crimes across several policed areas. They under-estimate the killer and find it difficult to find any connection between the victims. This novel do ...more
Janet
Was an ok read for me. May read book two. Not sure yet.
Jean
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this and will certainly continue with the series :-)
Rebecca Bradley
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 recognises the corpse, but fails to disclose the fact, her personal life swerves dangerously into her professional life. But much worse, she is now being wa ...more
Victoria Watson
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Mari Hannah's debut novel introduces us to a new detective, DCI Kate Daniels. Kate is intelligent, gutsy and strong but someone's out to put a spanner in the works of Daniels's illustrious career. Almost a year after discovering a brutal double murder, Daniels is presented with the corpse of a familiar face but fails to disclose the connection - making everything even more complicated. A murderer is on the loose in Newcastle and it's up to Daniels to stop the killer from claiming any more victim
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Linda  Branham Greenwell
Kate Daniels, a detective is has been haunted by a year old murder case. A young girl and a priest were murdered, and Kate was the one who discovered them. The priest had a prayer card in his hand at the time of death. The case has gone cold, but the girl's parents keep in touch with Kate, their grief keeping the case alive in Kate's mind.
Then Alan Stephens is murdered, a man familiar to Kate She has to decide if she should tell her superior, Bright, about having prior knowledge of the victim, o
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Monica
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
DCI Kate Daniels, her partner Hank Gormley, with the rest of the MIT are tracking a killer. Kate is also still trying to solve an unsolved from the prior year. As it turns out, the cases may be related.

Vibrant details fill the pages for character, scenery, and narrative descriptions allowing rich and thorough enjoyment throughout the tale.

As the narrative progresses, we learn as the characters learn about the twisting mysteries, as well as, the personal obstacles the characters face and overcome
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Wren
May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A Saturday Slaughters selection for May 2017. A dry and jumbled police procedural I was quite disappointed as the author had excellent ideas. However, the execution lacked finesse.

I wanted to love Kate Daniels but there was no development to her character, nothing to hold onto, to make her the bright star on the police force.

Jo was better developed, the reader could see her in the setting but there was no actual profiling going on.

Won't recommend.
Jane Shambler
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law-and-order
Great read

Great book. It's a compelling story. I think what is most disturbing is how realistic it is. What I liked the most was the authors writing style. It was easy to follow. Also her ability to give both sides. Her characters are very realistic and she enables you to connect with them, especially the lead character. Really enjoyed it and highly recommend this book and the author. I'm off to find some more.
Anetq
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime_fiction
Excellent 'first in series' without the clichés. Even though our detective is haunted by an old case (aren't they all) the new case is complicated, and more than a few people have secrets - the police included, and our main character in particular. Nothing turns out to be quite what it seems and one of their own is in the middle of it... It's well written, the characters feel real and the plot is credible but not at all obvious.
Pat
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Mari Hannah book and i think i will go on to read more. I read it as the author is coming to a charity fund raising evening along with another couple of local authors in October. I was quite engrossed by the story line although I don't necessarily think that all the characters were very well drawn. I will have to see how the series continues.
Rosiemae Burton
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I thought the ending was slightly abrupt but overall I really enjoyed the novel. Great characters, fascinating plot and I loved Hannah's writing style
Sheila Howes
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read. I liked the character of Kate Daniels and look forward to reading more.
Book Addict Shaun
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
3.5

Mari Hannah's Kate Daniels series is another one that has been on my TBR for far too long and as 2015 is all about me catching up on books I've missed, and continuing and starting new series I decided to finally pick this one up.

It's almost a year since DCI Kate Daniels discovered a brutal double murder, a murder that she failed to solve. The murder of a man on Newcastle's Quayside gives Daniels her first case as Senior Investigating Officer however there's a problem - Daniels recognises the
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Amanda
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book opens with the discovery of a body of a middle aged male on Newcastle Quayside, which is then investigated by DCI Kate Daniels and her team. At the same time DCI Daniels is haunted by her failure to solve a double murder & carries a lot of guilt around with her. The story follows the investigation where it soon emerges that people have been lying to the police and keeping secrets. Clues begin to emerge that have a bearing on the double murder case, which fuels DCI Daniels’ determina ...more
Anne Coates
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is an excellent book: well plotted with credible characters. The narrative sweeps the reader along at a cracking pace. The writing is polished and professional – a magnificent feat for a debut novel.
The Murder Wall introduces DCI Kate Daniels – an officer who is determined to get justice for the victims of the murders she and her team investigate. It is a well-written and carefully crafted novel but more than that is the feeling that Mari Hannah has created this fictional world with love.
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Pat Stearman
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Pam Readman for putting this author my way. Missed her author visit a while ago and now really wish I'd seen her.
North East location, police procedural, with good characters and a real 'feel'. Cinematic too.
Have the next two on my to read pile.....

Well worth the re-read :) Might just have to re-read #2 of which I also have a new signed copy. Looking forward to #6 later in the year :)
Robert Scragg
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspired to read the first in the series after meeting the author recently and wasn't disaapointed. Will be moving onto the next one soon to see what Daniels gets up to!
Louisa
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Pretty good book, though it was a bit long, too small font, chapters that didn't need to end in "..." and a pretty great mystery, though!
Andy Walker
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been meaning to read a Mari Hannah book for a while. I first came across her when I saw her at the Theakston’s Crime Festival in Harrogate in 2016 and I was intrigued by an adopted northerner writing crime fiction that many of my favourite authors - McDermid, Billingham - were raving about. It’s taken me nearly two years after first becoming aware of her work to read one of her books but I’m so glad that I finally did. The Murder Wall, Hannah’s first book, is a terrific read. Set in and aro ...more
Alexander Hawley
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah was not just another police procedural with the personal stories having more of a semblance of realism than other books that I have read. These days it is getting harder to spot someone’s first book, because the back stories are so well engrained that it makes it appear that the character has been in a number of books before. This can be annoying when you are reviewing a book and need to find out the context, but it makes for a great read as a reader.

The story in T
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Kitty Kat
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Mari Hannah Book and I’m seriously impressed. Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels is a brilliant character, strong and capable but when it comes to her personal life I just wanted to shake her. She’s living in fear of her secret being found out and of losing what she has built in her job as a murder squad detective. The personal and professional become intertwined and it was interesting to see how she dealt with it all.
The story was tense, thrilling and creepy and was intens
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Kerrie
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Being appointed as SIO on this murder case gives DCI Kate Daniels an opportunity to give her reputation a boost after her failure to solve a double murder case from 11 months earlier. But her boss seems very reluctant to let her loose, besides which he has problems of his own.

In addition Kate recognises the victim and should report that it, but she is afraid that will take her off the case. As time goes on more murders occur and it seems there must be a connection and the team desperately search
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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 and Ryan & O’Neil series published by Pan Macmillan and the Stone & Oliver series published by Orion. My debut, The Murder Wall, was written as a TV pilot for a BBC Drama Development Scheme - before the adaption. The novel won the Polari First Book Prize. Before becoming an aut ...more

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