Review: Settled Blood – Mari Hannah

Publisher: Pan Books (November 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0330539957
ISBN-13: 978-0330539951
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Kate Daniels – Senior Investigating Officer, Murder Investigation Team.
Hank Gormley – Detective Sergeant.
Lisa Carmichael – Detective Constable.
Phillip Bright – Detective Chief Superintendent.


A young girl’s body is found in the middle of an empty field. A team of Detective’s are brought into to discover who killed her, and how her body ended up there. Before they can do so though, a report of a missing young girl with an identical description shows up on their desk. But is it the same girl, or is someone preying on young, similar appearing women?


This was a very tense story. The author did a great job of starting the clock ticking, and keeping the tension going all the way to the end of the story. The characters were well designed, and likeable. The plot was believable and was well paced.

As a reader, I’m rather used to Agatha Christie and the British phrases and terminology. This book was loaded with that, and left me sometimes wondering what they were talking about. For some readers this may tend to be a distraction, but I found it really drew me into the location.

Overall I found this to be a very enjoyable thriller with a satisfying conclusion and look forward to more from Ms. Hannah.

About the Author

Mari Hannah was born in London and moved north as a child. Sponsored by the Home Office, she graduated from Teesside University before becoming a Probation Officer, a career cut short when she was injured while on duty. Thereafter, she spent several years working as a film/television scriptwriter. During that time she created and developed a number of projects, most notably a feature length film and the pilot episode of a crime series for television based on the characters in her book, the latter as part of a BBC drama development scheme. She lives in Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective. In 2010, she won the Northern Writers’ Award.

Mari is the author of the Kate Daniels series.

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*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Joanne at Harper Collins for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

One Response to “Review: Settled Blood – Mari Hannah”

  1. Marjorie Roy Says:

    Sounds like a good read.