Title: Deadly Deceit (DCI Kate Daniel Series #3)
Author: Mari Hannah
Publication Date: December 17, 2013
Published By: Witness Impulse an imprint of HarperCollins
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
SynopsisFour a.m. on a wet stretch of the highway: a driver skids out of control. Quickly arriving on the scene, detective Kate Daniels and her partner, Hank Gormley, witness a horrifying display of carnage and mayhem that proves to be one of the worst traffic accidents in Northumberland’s history. But as the casualties mount, they soon realize that not all of the deaths occurred as a result of the accident …
At the same time, on the other side of town, a house goes up in flames and its two inhabitants become charred corpses. Except for the timing, there is no evidence to connect this incident with the traffic accident. But it soon becomes apparent that all is not what it seems, and that Kate and her colleagues are always one step behind a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
Note: Can be read as a stand-alone novel.
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This is the first book I read in this crime series with Kate Daniels and it captured my attention. Strong main characters Kate and Hank, easily liked. The plot keeps you interested for the most part, some parts better than others. The use of words not normally uttered in the United States like "wankers and shagging or fleecing" a little out there but over all a good story, intriguing and mysterious. I would like to read others in this series to get a better picture but definitely worth pursuing. 3.5 stars
About the Author
Mari Hannah was born in London and moved north as a child. Her career as a probation officer was cut short when she was injured while on duty, and thereafter she spent several years as a film/television screenwriter. She now lives in Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective. She was the winner of the 2010 Northern Writers’ Award and is a nominee for the 2013 Polari First Book Prize.