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- Without A Trace by Mari Hannah -

Published : 7th January 2021

Publisher : Orion Fiction

Format : Kindle, Audio, Hardback

Genre : Thriller

Review #3/2021

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A plane on route from London to New York City has disappeared out of the sky. This breaking news dominates every TV channel, every social media platform, and every waking hour of the Metropolitan Police and US Homeland Security.


The love of DCI Kate Daniels' life was on that aircraft, but she has no authority to investigate. This major disaster is outside of her jurisdiction and she's ordered to walk away.


But Kate can't let it lie. She has to find out what happened to that plane - even if it means going off book. No one is safe.

And there are some very dangerous people watching her...

Thank you @Orion for this advanced copy and goodies box

My Review

This is the latest novel in the DCI Kate Daniels series and this time our policewoman is thrown into the investigation of a downed commercial aircraft that was headed to New York from London.

This is no ordinary tragic event. Firstly, investigations show that this was no accident, and secondly, Kate's partner, Jo, was on the plane bound for New York.

There is one problem, all the evidence of Jo actually being on the plane is contradictory, so it is up to Kate and sergeant Hank, to discover the truth not only of Jo's whereabouts but also the events that led to the aircraft's plummeting into the Atlantic Ocean.

Although on leave, Kate feels compelled to find out what has happened and goes undercover to try and separate facts from fiction, to find out what truly has happened to Jo and what caused the unfortunate deaths of all the other passengers on board.

I had no idea all the way through wether Jo was alive or dead and I loved reading about their relationship.

Packed full of twists and turns this was like watching one of my favourite detective shows play out in front of me. I loved Hanks character, he is the perfect loyal side kick for Kate and together they get to the root of all the issues they need answers to.

Why I Loved It

I love a book that is action packed and keeps you guessing right up to the end, to the point where you just don't know what way it is going to play out.

If you love a read that will keep you on the edge of your seat then this one is for you. I haven't read any of Mari's previous DCI books but that didnt matter, it was as if this was a standalone, saying that I will be looking out for the first seven as I enjoyed this one so much.

Without A Trace has everything you need in a great crime thriller.



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Meet the author

Multi-award winning Mari Hannah is the author of the Kate Daniels series of police procedurals, the Ryan and O'Neil crime series and the Stone and Oliver series. She lives in a small Northumberland village with her partner, a former murder detective.

Her career as a Probation Officer was cut short following an assault on duty. It was then that the idea that she might one day become a writer began to form in her head.

She first pitched her idea for a crime series to the BBC, winning a place on their North East Voices Drama Development Scheme. When it ended, she adapted the screenplay of The Murder Wall into a book she had started years before but somehow never finished.

In 2010, she won the Northern Writers' Award for Settled Blood before she had found an agent, let alone a publisher.

Three years later, she won the Polari First Book Prize for her debut, The Murder Wall.

Fast forward a few years and her body of work won her the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017.

In 2019 she was honoured to follow Lee Child as Programming Chair for Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, the biggest of its type in the world.

Also in 2019, she was awarded DIVA Wordsmith of the Year.

In 2020 Without A Trace was awarded Capital Crime’s Crime Book of the Year.

Her Kate Daniels series is in development for TV with Sprout Pictures, a production company owned by Gina Carter and Stephen Fry.


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Books by this author

The Insider

The Murder Wall

Gallows Drop

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