Without a Trace by Mari Hannah – Book Review

Without a Trace by Mari Hannah – Book Review

Without a Trace by Mari Hannah

Without a Trace
DCI Kate Daniels Book Seven

Author – Mari Hannah
Publisher – Orion
Pages – 400
Released – 7th January 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1409192374
Format – ebook, paperback, hardcover, audio
Rating – 4 Stars
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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…

Review by Stacey

Without a Trace is the seventh book in the DCI Kate Daniels series by Mari Hannah. I haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, in fact, I haven’t read any books by Ms. Hannah before. The plot was one that could be read as a standalone, though I don’t know whether not having a previous encounter with Jo made me have no feelings towards the fact that she was missing.

Essentially flight 0113 – Boeing 777 Heathrow to JFK has vanished mid-flight, over the Atlantic ocean. Onboard are 302 passengers possibly including DCI Kate Daniels recently ex-girlfriend (a couple of days previously) and criminal profiler Jo, who had booked a ticket on the flight but Kate is convinced she wasn’t on it.

I found the plot to be more focused on DCI Kate Daniels than on the actual events of a missing plane. She was only initially concerned with whether Jo was on the flight and finding evidence that she wasn’t onboard, the fact that there were another 301 passengers, plus the crew didn’t really seem to bother her, nor the reasons for the disappearance which I found a little strange. However, grief makes people do strange things and behave in ways they wouldn’t normally.

There are a few twists in the book and it took some turns I wasn’t expecting, so expect some misdirection’s, I also wasn’t expecting the reason for the missing plane to be what it was or how deadly the chase to find the truth would become. It certainly kept me on my toes, especially from about halfway through.

The storyline was different from what I was expecting but it was still enjoyable. I couldn’t warm to Kate as she was quite dismissive of people and happy to use them to her advantage, she was hot-headed and it was her way or no way, but again I come back to my grief quote above. Having not read the previous books I can’t say if she is usually like this. Though people are not all perfect and some are just like Kate.

I love a good police procedural thriller and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I raced through it and read it in just two sittings. Whilst not all parts were fast-paced, a high portion of the book was. Plus the short chapters help heighten the tension.

Author Info

Mari Hannah

Mari Hannah

– 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, an former murder detective.

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12 Responses

  1. Jo Linsdell says:

    Without a Trace sounds like the sort of book I might enjoy. I’ve not read any books in this series before so it’s good to know that it works as a standalone too. Great review.

  2. Stormi says:

    This sounds right up my alley! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Interesting premise for an engrossing story! Good review!

  4. DJ Sakata says:

    Not familiar with the author but I’m just starting to read police procedurals

  5. I’m really glad you enjoyed this one. It’s not my genre, but I’m glad it was a hit.

  6. vidya says:

    Without a trace sounds so intriguing and interesting. Nice review.

  7. Thank you Jo. Good to hear you might be interested in Without a Trace.

  8. Than you Stormi, good to hear that this is a book for you.

  9. Thank you Karen, it really is an interesting book.

  10. Thank you DJ, I love Police Procedural novels. They always keep me gripped and interested.

  11. Thank you Kate, not a problem I don’t read certain genres either.

  12. Thank you Vidya, good to see you are intrigued by Without a Trace.