World English Rights for two books were sold to Hodder's Bethany Wickington, in a deal negotiated by Emily Glenister.
The first, Return to Blackwater House, is a superb thriller that will keep you turning the pages until its shocking conclusion. Due for release in March 2022, it's up for request on NetGalley now.
"Having previously charted the lives of the robin, wren and swallow, Stephen Moss turns his attention to the swan. The details of its life-cycle, its place in popular culture and its role in literature and myth are all discussed in this beautifully illustrated guide."
With the festive season around the corner, this will make the perfect present for the nature-lover in your life...
"The Spirit Engineer by AJ West opens in Belfast in 1914. William Jackson Crawford is an oddball teacher of engineering who prides himself on his commitment to science and rationality. After the death of their youngest child, his wife seeks comfort via a medium named Kathleen Goligher. Initially sceptical, Crawford begins to experience manifestations that make him a convert to the spiritualist cause. But is Goligher a fraud? Is Crawford himself a reliable narrator? ... West answers these questions with ingenuity and invention."
A brand new M. W. Craven book, in the Washington Poe series, was announced last week...
Dangling from a hook in a meat packing plant isn't how Detective Sergeant Washington Poe wants to spend his weekend. He's been punched and kicked and threatened, and when a contract killer arrives it seems things are about to go from bad to worse. He goes by the name of the Pale Man and he and his straight-edged razor have been feared all over London for twenty years.
But Poe knows two things the Pale Man doesn't. Although it might seem like a hopeless situation, Poe has planned to be here all along. More importantly, a nerdy, computer whizz-kid called Tilly Bradshaw is watching his back. And now things are about to get interesting...
The Cutting Season is out in April 2022.
"With twist after gut-punching twist, A Fatal Crossing really is an ingenious thriller. Highly recommended."
M. W. Craven on Tom Hindle's debut A Fatal Crossing
"A delicious Shetland setting and the exquisite writing of Green, come together for a delightful tale of friendship, family and love. Highly enjoyable and engaging read."
Jenni Keer on From Shetland, With Love at Christmas by Erin Green
"Staggeringly good, this richly complex novel by James Goodhand is as accomplished and engrossing as his debut ... Page-turning and compelling, Goodhand deftly handles a narrative that seems to be moving inexorably towards some terribly disaster ... In tears and awe by the final pages, James Goodhand had me hanging on every word. I loved it!"
Louisa Reid on Man Down by James Goodhand
The Empire of the Wolf simmers with unrest. Rebels, heretics and powerful patricians all challenge the power of the imperial throne.
Only the Order of Justices stands in the way of chaos. Sir Konrad Vonvalt is the most feared Justice of all, upholding the law by way of his sharp mind, arcane powers and skill as a swordsman. In this he is aided by Helena Sedanka, his clerk and protégé, orphaned by the wars that forged the empire.
When the pair investigate the murder of a provincial aristocrat, they unearth a conspiracy that stretches to the very top of imperial society. As the stakes rise and become ever more personal, Vonvalt must make a choice: will he abandon the laws he's sworn to uphold in order to protect the empire?
Introducing an unforgettable protagonist destined to become a fantasy icon, The Justice of Kings is an unmissable debut where action, intrigue and magic collide.