As reported in The Bookseller, global bestselling author C J Daugherty is to return to writing YA with a gripping new series of spy thrillers.

The series is focused around Gray Langtry, the daughter of a British Prime Minister.

Daugherty explained that her decision to write a spy series came about as a result of the current political landscape. She said:

We live in an age when Russian spies kill people on the streets of Salisbury using chemical weapons, so there is much to explore. The series also looks at celebrity culture and what it is like to be the teenage daughter of the Prime Minister and to find yourself unexpectedly famous. Is celebrity a gift? Or a trap?’

Rights to Number 10, and three further titles in the series, have been sold into five languages: German (Oetinger), French (Robert Laffont), Spanish (Ediciones Urano), Serbian (Laguna) and Hebrew (Books in the Attic).

When your mother’s the prime minister, home is a very dangerous place.

Grey Langtry, the rebellious sixteen-year-old daughter of the prime minister, is constantly in trouble.

Cut off from her friends when she’s grounded at Number 10 Downing Street, Grey spends her nights exploring the tunnels that run underground between Number 10 and other, more shadowy, government agencies.

One night, she overhears a conversation in a Cabinet Office board room, discussing the planned assassination of her mother. She rushes to tell her, but Grey’s mother just thinks it’s one of her latest schemes.

The only person she can turn to is Jake MacAlister – the son of her mother’s political opponent. They have always loathed each other.

Now Grey must trust him if she wants to convince her mother she’s telling the truth before the assassins carry out their plan.

C.J. Daugherty began her career as a journalist. After a brief period working for the British government she began writing novels in 2010. Daugherty is the author of two adult thrillers: The Echo Killing and A Beautiful Corpse (HarperCollins UK and St Martin’s Press US) as well as the hugely successful Night School (Little,Brown UK and HarperCollins US) series, which has been translated into 22 languages and sold over a million copies worldwide.

Born in the USA, Daugherty now lives in the UK with her husband.