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Viacom International Studios UK has signed an option on G.D. Abson 's Natalya Ivanova crime novels MOTHERLAND and BLACK WOLF, set in contemporary St Petersburg.   Natalya is intended to be a 4 x 90 minute returning series. The adaptations will be written by Richard Cottan (Wallander, The Fear, Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar) and the producer will be Francis Hopkinson of Expanded Media (Wallander, DCI Banks, Trauma).

Mary Gibson's seventh Bermondsey saga THE BERMONDSEY BOOKSHOP was published by Head of Zeus in February in hardback and eBook.  The paperback will be available in September.

"An inspiring story" My Weekly

Jo Allen's second Lake District crime novel, DEATH AT EDEN'S END, was published by Aria in eBook in December 2019 and reached #4 in the Australian Kindle chart.  DEATH ON COFFIN LANE, her third in the same Jude Satterthwaite series as her previous two, will be published on June 11 2020.

"Brilliantly written...like being on one heck of an unpredictable and scary rollercoaster ride with more twists and turns than you would find on a 'Snakes & Ladders' board"  GingerBookGeek

 Sandy Taylor's sixth novel, THE ORPHAN'S DAUGHTER, was published by Bookouture on 5 February.

"This story is exquisite perfection. Well crafted, beautifully written, emotional, poignant and immersive. I loved every word. I was enthralled with the story all the way to the end and stayed up too late reading, but it was worth it." Goodreads Reviewer

Victoria Jenkins's second standalone thriller, THE ARGUMENT, was published by Bookouture in eBook in December 2019.   It reached #17 on the Kindle bestseller list, was in the top 100 for a month. It was also Kobo #1 bestseller and got to #16 on the Australian Kindle bestseller list.  Her new book, THE ACCUSATION, will be available in eBook on 9 June.

"A devastatingly good book… if this doesn’t leave you shuddering nothing will. Brilliantly well done" NetGalley Reviewer

Congratulations to Jane Corry whose fifth novel I MADE A MISTAKE published on 28 May 2020 is a Sunday Times #7 paperback fiction bestseller and a #14 Kindle bestseller.

Ewa Jozefkowicz’s third middle-grade novel THE KEY TO FINDING JACK will be published by Zephyr/Head of Zeus in hardback in September 2020.  The paperback of GIRL 38: Finding a Friend was published on 6 February 2020.  GIRL 38 has been shortlisted for the Northeast Book Awards.

Gill Thompson's second novel,  THE CHILD ON PLATFORM ONE, was  published by Headline in eBook in December 2019 and in paperback in March when it hit the #1 slot in the Bookseller's heatseeker chart. It was been a #1 Kobo bestseller in the US, where it got into the USA Today eBook top 50.   

"An outstanding book made more poignant as it's threaded with events that actually happened.  The characters and their moving stories will  haunt you long after you finish the last page"  Shirley Dickson, author of The Orphan Sisters

Julie Houston's new novel, SING ME A SECRET, was published in eBook by Aria, with a paperback due in 2021.   Her romantic comedy, A VILLAGE AFFAIR, the UK's 7th bestselling eBook up to November 2019, has now reentered the Kindle top 100 and has been there for over a month.  Her next novel, A VILLAGE VACANCY, will be published in eBook by Aria in October.

"Warm, funny and well written, with a page turning plot, this book has everything!  I loved it!"  Katie Fforde

Congratulations to Richard Bassett whose LAST DAYS IN OLD EUROPE: Trieste '79, Vienna '85, Prague '89 has been shortlisted for an Edward Stanford Dolman Award and was a Book of the Year in the TLS and the Spectator.  Penguin published the paperback edition on 27 February 2020.

Jane Corry's fifth domestic psychological suspense novel, I MADE A MISTAKE, was published by Penguin on 28 May 2020.

"Jane Corry's psychological thrillers have sold more than a million copies so far and this is the most gripping yet." Sunday Express
"The detail is excellent - whether it's court procedure or dentistry -  and makes for a convincing finale.  But the real beauty of the story is that it rescues the mother-in-law from the stereotypical role of pantomime villain and depicts a complex woman with a secret past and empathy for her imperfect daughter-in-law." Daily Mail

Kate High's first novel THE CAT AND CORPSE IN THE OLD BARN was published in hardback and eBook on 7th May by Constable.  The paperback will be available in May 2021, together with her new crime novel featuring Clarice Beech and her rescue animals.  

"A real treat...I loved it.  Cats, dogs, murder and a credible and relatable heroine"  Barbara Nadel

 

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