Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah

The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah (2013) is the first book of the DCI Kate Daniels series. This gritty police procedural takes place in northeast England. It begins with Daniels' discovery of the bodies of a priest and a young woman in a church, murders that go unsolved. Months later, when Daniels is offered the lead on a murder investigation, things seem to be looking up for her career. 

The only problem is that Daniels knows who the murdered man is, and revealing to her superiors how she knows the man could jeopardize her career. When a close colleague is charged with the murder, Daniels' personal life gets more complicated, especially when it gets tangled up in her professional life. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose, but he also finds time to lurk in the shadows, watching Daniels' every move.

Although there were a lot of moving parts to the story, it was always gripping. It was fun to get to know Daniels--a hardworking, intelligent, flawed and believable detective. Hannah created a truly despicable character in the serial killer of the story. I found The Murder Wall to be unputdownable, and it had a humdinger of an ending. 

I look forward to reading more of Mari Hannah's books in this series. Have you read any of the Kate Daniels mysteries?

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