This week has been filled with brilliant publicity, panels, and two gorgeous cover reveals. Here are the highlights…

The stunning cover for Jordan Kopy’s novel, Theodora Hendrix and the Monstrous League of Monsters (Walker) has been revealed – so fantastically creepy! This brilliant novel is published in October this year.

The UK paperback cover for Elizabeth Kay’s Seven Lies (Little, Brown) has been revealed and it’s just so striking.

Caroline Mitchell’s Left For Dead (Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer) hit No. 2 in Amazon’s UK Hot New Crime Releases.

It’s been a brilliant week for Helly Acton’s The Shelf (Bonnier Zaffre). Stylist Magazine included it in their Big Summer Reading round upCosmo Magazine have included it in the 27 Best Books to Read this Summer Online, it was featured in Woman and Home, and was included in a Daily Mail article which called it “Fascinating”.

Clare Pooley’s uplifting novel, The Authenticity Project (Penguin Random House / Transworld) hit an amazing No. 20 in the Kindle charts today.

Kathryn Foxfield’s spooky YA novel, Good Girls Die First was published this week by Scholastic. Kathryn was also the next author to take part in our interview series. Check it out here.

Danielle Jawando’s And the Stars Were Burning Brightly (Simon & Schuster Children’s) was featured in the Financial Times this week:

Manjeet Mann’s Run Rebel (Penguin Random House Children’s) was included on this list by Desiblitz of emerging British Asian writers. They said: “Aimed at young adults, ‘Run Rebel’ (2020) provides a much-needed example of British Asian representation in contemporary literature”.

Anna Fargher did a brilliant reading from The Umbrella Mouse (Macmillan Children’s) in anticipation of the sequel, The Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue, which is published on 23rd July.


In this week’s issue of Publisher’s Weekly, Ashley Audrain’s The Push (Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph) was included as part of their “Adult Books for Fall 2020.”

Penguin Random House is launching “Book Your Summer“, a summer fiction push centred around the theme of escaping through books. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (HarperCollins / HarperFiction) by Gail Honeyman is one of the titles selected.

Maisie Chan was made Children’s Writer in Residence at Peter Pan Moat Brae (Scotland’s National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling) in June. The residency will run from May 2020 to May 2021.

Stephanie Wrobel and Nuala Ellwood were both asked by Dead Good to pick their Top Comfort Reads. Check out what they chose here.

Last week marked the launch of the inaugural Lyme Crime Festival – directed by Agency Author Paddy Magrane. The Festival, which was due to take place in Lyme Regis, Dorset, was moved online due to COVID-19.

This didn’t stop our brilliant authors from shining, though:

Mark Edwards (The House GuestAmazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer) kicked off proceedings with his talk on “Planes, Planes and Pick-Up Trucks“, where he discussed a a recent research trip to the Pacific Northwest with writer Ed James.

Paddy Magrane (Red Desert, Audible Original) hosted author Doug Johnstone, discussing the aptly named “Business of Death“. He also interviewed Erin Kelly, bestselling author of of We Know You Know, in “Characters on the Couch“.

Stephanie Wrobel, author of The Recovery of Rose Gold (Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph), joined Will Shindler (The Burning Men, Hodder) and Robin Morgan Bentley (The Wreckage, Orion) on the “New Blood” panel, where they discussed their debut novels, what drew them to writing crime and the next projects they have lined up.

Laurence Anholt discussed his new crime series, The Mindful Detective with his daughter Maddy Anholt. Maddy was the narrative voice for the first book in the series, Art of Death (Little, Brown / Constable).

We’re so proud of each and every one of the authors who took part, and we can’t wait for next year, where we can go and see them all speak in person. Book your tickets for 2021 here!