Whatever you're doing this Christmas, we sincerely hope you've got a good book (or ten) to keep you company. Thank you for all your incredible support for our authors throughout the last 12 months. We couldn't do what we all do without book-lovers like YOU.
Be kind to each other, stay safe & have a very Merry Christmas.
With best wishes for 2022,
All at DHH Literary Agency
Huge congratulations to Phillipa Ashley, whose sparkling festive heart-warmer, A Special Cornish Christmas, has shot straight into the Kindle Top 10!
To read the full list, click here.
More fantastic quotes for the forthcoming psychological suspense from Vikki Patis, Return to Blackwater House (March 2022, Hodder & Stoughton), have come in this week:
"I tore through this dark, twisty thriller that dripped with menace from page one and built to a shocking yet satisfying climax. A must read for 2022."
"This isn't just a story ... it's a full experience. Atmospheric, haunting and superbly plotted. I still have goosebumps!"
Carissa Ann Lynch
Iris lives in a world ruled by The Order. Inspectors police the population by keeping careful watch over people's souls. If they shine their lanterns on you, your soul is projected for the world to see ... and judge.
But Iris has a deadly secret ... she is a hollow, a person with no soul. She must hide from the Order at all costs, scraping a living in the shadows.
But when she's sent to steal a ring said to hold the memory of a soul's destruction, she is reunited with her Spark - one of the five parts that make up her own missing soul.
Now she must rely on the help of a young scholar named Evander Mountebank to track down the other four missing pieces of her soul, all the while evading The Order.
Published in March 2022 from Scholastic.
"Another mesmerising, gripping and evocative read from the Queen of Cornish Noir."
"Captivating and totally absorbing - this is the kind of pure escapism we need right now."
"A beautifully written story with vividly-drawn, believable characters I really cared about. I couldn't put the book down until I found out what happened to them."
"A compelling, brilliant story of the dark things we all bring to our visions of utopia. Beautifully written, and full of emotional punch, it drew me in right up until the very last page. I loved it!"
"A deliciously dark and tense exploration of human nature. There’s trouble in brewing in paradise."
"Sherlock Holmes with swords and magic. Bloody marvellous and a real page turner."
"A Sherlock Holmes-esque tale, with eerie touches of the supernatural, and a thought-provoking reflection on justice, vengeance and morality."
The Fantasy Hive
"Absolutely galloped through [Richard Swan's] A Justice of Kings and have been thinking about it for a week. An invigorating mix of the visceral and cerebral, set in a complex, grimy world, it asks questions about the nature of law and justice which have never been more timely."
S. V. Leonard.
The Influencers will be published in March 2022 from Canelo and is guaranteed to have you gripped!
When budding true crime blogger Maggie Shaw is invited to the Influencer of the Year awards, it feels like everything is finally falling into place. Held on a glamorous yacht, the awards are the perfect opportunity for Maggie to network and achieve her dream of turning her channel into a full-time job. But by the end of the night, the party is in ruins and there’s one question on everybody’s lips: who killed Stella Knight?
Stella was beautiful, famous, and hiding a host of secrets behind the perfect facade. During her short career, Stella had made a number of enemies in the industry, and all of them were at the awards. Maggie is trapped on a boat with a killer and must work out who is telling the truth, and who is faking it before they strike again...
We were delighted to receive a quote for Brian McGilloway's forthcoming The Empty Room (March 2022, Constable Books), from fellow literary heavyweight, John Connolly:
"A hugely compelling story of loss, grief and vengeance, The Empty Room is probably the best novel yet by one of our finest mystery writers. Unmissable."
"Brilliantly twisty and thoroughly entertaining - an extremely impressive debut."
T. M. Logan
Finally, we're delighted to be welcoming Libby Cutts to the Agency this week.
Libby joins Emily Glenister's list, and will be working with her on her debut novel, The Mere, a dark and gripping historical mystery set just after WW2.