Without a Trace by Mari Hannah #WithoutATrace @MariWriter @OrionBooks

Capital Crime’s Crime Book of the Year

Book blurb


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…

My thoughts

Well what an opening to my 2021 reading!

Working for the Northumbria MIT Unit Kate is a workaholic, she becomes absorbed in her cases to the detriment of her family, friends and, to her cost, the love of her life Jo.

Having, once again, put work before their relationship Jo has left. Kate believes it’s for good, it’s her own fault she knows, Jo returned her key and planned an imminent trip to New York.

Kate was at the hospital, on leave, visiting her father when her second in command – DS Hank Gormley – brings Kate news that a plane has disappeared 150 miles from New York. It was the flight which Jo was on!

Kate takes off, Hank loyally at her side, first to Jo’s sons to break the news in person before racing down the motorway to London and the Casualty Bureau. This is the only place, Kate knows, where she will be able to get access to what has happened and find out what has become of Jo.

Through blagging, threatening and calling in a favour Kate, and Hank, become part of the Bureau investigation, then seconded to the FBI team. With greater authority and access Kate and Hank, with the help of her team, pursue their own agenda as much as the one they have been given by the FBI – Kate goes undercover.

This is a terrific story it is emotional, gripping and tense. With wonderful characters who are all well drawn and believable. The storyline will have you reaching for the tissues as this disaster plays out in Kate’s mind, actions and heart just as much as it will have you completely immersed, heart pounding, in the action as Kate and the team race to solve murders, the air investigation and prevent further bloodshed.

The rollercoaster of emotions, the tension, the fast paced action as things begin to happen on all fronts…

Mari Hannah is surely one of the best crime fiction writers about.

What a great way to start off 2021 – I loved this book!

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I have read Marri Hannah before the Stone and Oliver books (also well worth reading). Without A Trace is the seventh in the DCI Kate Daniels series. It can easily be read as a stand-alone still you can be sure I will be going back to read the rest of this series.

Previously read: Stone and Oliver series.

By the way…

Why not get yourself along to this FAB event Mari Hannah chatting to Ian Payne. Join @homewith4indies online tonight Wed, 6th Jan, 7.45pm with this brilliant pair!! 👇

Booking 👉 bit.ly/3hmqHMJ


What a delight to get on board this wonderful blog tour! My thanks to Alainna Georgiou at Orion for the invite and physical copy of Mari Hannah’s Without a Trace.

Note: I have also purchased an eCopy of Without a Trace

Blog Tour

Why not enjoy reading more of the tour on these wonderful blogs?


Published by Orion on 7th January 2021 | Paperback Original | £7.99 | Also available in eBook and Audio

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Mari Hannah is a multi-award-winning author whose authentic voice is no happy accident. A former probation officer, she lives in rural Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective. Mari turned to script-writing when her career was cut short following an assault on duty. Her debut, The Murder Wall (adapted from a script she developed with the BBC) won her the Polari First Book Prize. Its follow-up, Settled Blood, picked up a Northern Writers’ Award. Her Kate Daniels series is in development with Gina Carter and Stephen Fry’s production company, Sprout Pictures. She is currently Reader in Residence for Harrogate International Crime Writing Festival. Mari’s body of work won her the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017, an incredible honour to receive so early on in her career. In 2019 Mari Hannah was Programming Chair for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and the winner of the Diva Award – Diva Wordsmith of the Year. In 2020 Without A Trace was awarded Capital Crime’s Crime Book of the Year.

Find out more by following Mari on Twitter @mariwriter or visiting her website www.marihannah.com


Kate Daniels series

The Murder Wall | Settled Blood | Deadly Deceit | Monument to Murder (aka Fatal Games) | Killing for Keeps | Gallows Drop | Without A Trace

Stone and Oliver series

The Lost | The Insider | The Scandal

Mari Hannah has signed with Orion for a further two books in this series – coming soon!

Ryan & O’Neil series

The Silent Room | The Death Messenger


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