Richard Swan appeared on the podcast Page One last week, to talk about his Empire of the Wolf series, and how how long love of Sci-Fi led to him picking up that pen to write his own stories.
You can catch up wherever you get your podcasts, here.
Congratulations to Ragnar Jónasson who last week won the Le Prix Points Par Points Award in Paris, for his debut novel Snjór (Snowblind). The Award celebrates the "best books of the past 50 years", to coincide with 50 years of Le Point.
Readers were asked to vote on their favourite crime novel and, by a huge margin, we were delighted to see Jónasson's book take home the coveted prize.
We are very happy to welcome to the Agency this week, L. J. Weller.
L. J., who joins Harry Illingworth's list, is currently working on her debut novel, a Norfolk-set supernatural mystery inspired by her lifelong interest in urban legends, folktales and ghost stories.
With the festive season fast approaching, look no further than Phillipa Ashley's The Christmas Holiday, which last week was included in LoveReading's November Highlights:
"A gorgeously heart-warming tale of friendship and romance in the perfect setting of the wilds of the Lake District."
Also included was the aforementioned M. W. Craven book, The Botanist:
"An addictively perfect example of a locked room mystery (or two) awaits in this latest addition to one of the best crime series around."
We had some fantastic endorsements come in last week, for upcoming novels to look forward to in 2023:
"Intensely moving, genuinely gripping, plausible and absorbing; this is a stunning debut by a truly talented new writer."
Charlotte Mendelson on Not Alone by Sarah K. Jackson (Picador, April 2023)
"Wow. Swanson gives us what few writers can— a thriller with heart. END OF STORY will undoubtedly be the hit of 2023!"
Christina Dalcher on End of Story by Louise Swanson (Hodder & Stoughton, March 2023)
"So Pretty is like Stephen King on crack; the most accomplished book I've read this year. Dark, gothic as hell, and genuinely scary, Turner has managed to portray loneliness, obsession and monster-worship in one neat little package. I dare you to open it ... Oh, and that curiosity shop is the stuff of nightmares."
M. W. Craven on So Pretty by Ronnie Turner (Orenda Books, January 2023)
The debut crime fiction novel from Graham Bartlett, Bad For Good, has been shortlisted for The Crime Fiction Lover Awards 2022.
Graham's novel was released earlier this year and hailed as a "cracking debut" by fellow novelist Mark Billingham, with the Daily Mail stating that fellow Brighton-based author, Peter James "had better watch out, he has a new competitor."
You can vote in all categories here, and voting closes at noon on 30th November.