Thursday 7 January 2021

Without A Trace by Mari Hannah @mariwriter @orionbooks @orion_crime #WithoutATrace @AlainnaGeorgiou #BlogTour #BookReview



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...

Without A Trace by Mari Hannah is published today; 7 January 2021 by Orion. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review for this Blog Tour.

Without A Trace is book seven in the Kate Daniels series and was voted Capital Crime's 'Crime Book of the Year'. Whilst I have read this author before, I've not read any of the Daniels series before this one. I think I should really have read the previous books first.  Hannah is a skilled author and this is easily read as a stand alone, however, Kate is a character who appears to have many layers. I feel as though I would have appreciated the story far more if I had been more familiar with the characters.

What I enjoyed most about Without A Trace was the emotional impact that the author conveys in her writing. This is far more than 'just a crime story', there's a real edge to this one. The author allows the reader to feel the grief, and guilt and longing that Kate experiences as she battles her personal emotions to solve a major crime.

A plane has gone missing. The plane took off from London, bound for New York and has disappeared, without a trace. Kate Daniels realises with horror that her girlfriend Jo was supposed to be on board. Kate and Jo had a major falling out and did not part on good terms and now Kate realises just what she had in Jo. She is distraught and determined. No matter to her that the investigation is taking place in London, while she is based in the North. Kate and her work partner, DS Hank Gormley are in London within hours and Kate will risk the wrath of her superiors to make sure that the is in the thick of the action. 

The drama builds quite slowly for such a huge investigation, allowing the reader to learn more about Kate and Jo, and their relationship. This soon changes as the intensity increases and the story becomes more and more compelling with every page. This author writes with such authority; her sense of place and her ease with police procedure is excellent and her character building is incredible.

This tense, tight thriller is quite addictive with a fabulous female lead.

Multi-award winning Mari Hannah is the author of the Stone & Oliver crime series, the Ryan &
O'Neil series and the DCI Kate Daniels series.

In July 2010, she won a Northern Writers' Award for Settled Blood. In 2013, she won the Polari First Book Prize for her debut, The Murder Wall. She was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017 as the author of the most enjoyed collection of work in libraries. In 2019, she was awarded DIVA Wordsmith of the Year. In that same year, Mari was Programming Chair of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival.

She lives in Northumberland with her partner, a former murder detective.

To find her or see where she's appearing, visit her events page at: or follow her on Twitter @mariwriter.

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