Joffe takes on stories of ‘murder, mystery and thwarted romance’ in series of acquisitions
Joffe Books landed a police procedural from Mark Mills, a “darkly twisted” thriller from Stephen Williams, a crime novel trilogy from Adam Lyndon and a debut novel from radio talk show host CJ Connolly.
The quartet is the first in a series of acquisitions made by publishing director Kate Lyall Grant, who joined independent press in November.
From Euan Thorneycroft to AM Heath, Lyall Grant has acquired worldwide English rights in Collision, the first in an “intriguing” new crime procedural series from the Bafta Mills-nominated screenwriter and author. The story follows Florence Winslow, who wakes up in the hospital to learn that she has killed a man. En route to a reunion with her in-laws, she was involved in a fatal collision with an unknown driver. “But for crash investigator Dylan Bodine, something is off. Was Florence deliberately targeted? And if so, why?” read the synopsis.
From Anne-Marie Doulton to the Ampersand agency, Lyall Grant has acquired worldwide English rights in Under the skin by Williams, author of Falling Tuesday (One more chapter). “Under the skin is a dark and twisted thriller that features an exciting new partnership of female detective in DI Mary Hume and former Met officer turned private eye Raine, who must team up to track down a ruthless serial killer who is terrorizing London, leaving a string of numbers carved into the skin of his unfortunate victims,” the synopsis reads. “If Raine and Hume can crack the code, they’ll have the key to identifying the killer.”
She acquired worldwide author rights to the first three ‘hard-hitting thrillers’ starring Eastbourne-based police detective Rutherford Barnes by Adam Lyndon (right picture), the pseudonym of an active police commissioner. In the first of the series, Devil’s Chimney, newly promoted DC Barnes uncovers a trail of greed, corruption, and overweening ambition when he investigates the brutal murder of a co-worker.
Finally, from Victoria Skurnick at the Levine Greenberg Rostan agency, Grant has acquired worldwide English rights to the debut novel by former journalist and radio talk show host CJ Connolly. Said to please fans of The Time Traveler’s Wife (Vintage) and Taylor Jenkins Reid Maybe in another life (Washington Square Press) “This heartbreaking love story will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered what would have happened if they had made a different choice in life,” according to the synopsis.
Grant said, “I’ve barely had time to breathe in the eight weeks since I started Joffe; it’s been a real rollercoaster – in a good way. I’m so thrilled to bring these four very different, yet equally thrilling authors to Joffe’s slate of books, and I look forward to working with my brilliant new colleagues at Joffe to ensure that these gripping stories of murder, of mystery and twisted romance reach a wide international readership.”