We're delighted to welcome Valerie O'Riordan to the Agency, who joins Tom Drake-Lee's list of authors.
Valerie is an Irish writer based in the UK and as well as co-editing the literary book review site, Bookmunch, she is also senior editor at The Forge Literary Magazine. Currently, Valerie is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Bolton University and, as an academic, has published on the works of Ali Smith, AL Kennedy and Jennifer Egan.
Marina Palmer's (a pen name for author Imogen Robertson) debut crime thriller novel, The Russian Doll, has been snapped up by Hodder & Stoughton, in a deal negotiated by Broo Doherty.
Billed as "The Firm meets McMafia", the book will be published in November 2021. For more info on this exciting deal, click on any of the links above.
Her Perfect Twin, the forthcoming debut novel from Sarah Bonner, has been given a fantastic endorsement from My Lovely Wife author, Samantha Downing:
"Sarah Bonner's novel made my jaw drop. There are so many twists in this story, I never knew what was coming next. You won't want to miss this one!"
The book will be out in eBook and hardback in January 2022 and you can pre-order here.
In addition, Ragnar has been confirmed to appear at this year's Cheltenham Literary Festival on Saturday 9th October, in conversation with fellow novelist Will Dean. To book your tickets, click here.
Published just over a week ago, L. C. Tyler's new John Grey mystery, Too Much of Water, has picked up a review over on Classic Mystery blog:
"It’s thrilling, it’s witty, it’s a complex mystery and it delves into a part of history that I know next to nothing about. The characters are numerous but distinctive, each adding to the tale, each being viable suspects ... it is one of the finest series of historical mysteries out there."
The winner of the Glass Bell will be announced on the 30th September.
Persecution, the third in R. C. Bridgestock's popular DI Charley Mann series, was published last week in eBook and paperback.
Lock your windows ... Lock your doors ... And don't look outside.
At the local university a series of incidents is raising alarm. Someone is breaking into students bedrooms through the windows.
But things get even more serious when a corpse is discovered on the outskirts of town. DI Charley Mann, dealing with her own problems, is drafted in to investigate. At first there doesn’t seem to be a connection, but Charley suspects otherwise.
Following the evidence draws Charley into a web of shady local characters struggling at the margins. It seems the break-ins are no random event. Worse, more lives are at stake.
On her own, and facing a stand off, Charley will have to find a way through. It’s either that, or more people will die…
To order your copy, visit this page.
Perilous Times is billed as a "sharply witty and relevant" novel which mixes Arthurian legend with contemporary fantasy. An extract of the novel was originally submitted as Lee's MA dissertation, which was awarded a distinction and won the PFD Prize for Best Fiction in 2019. It will be published by Orbit in early 2023.
To read more, click here.