Independent publisher Accent Press has signed a 10-book deal with crime author Jean G Goodhind.
It will publish her collection of Honey Driver novels as paperbacks in the UK for the first time, after buying English language rights for the UK, Commonwealth and USA. The books are based on Goodhind’s own experiences as a hotelier in Bath, with Hannah “Honey” Driver running a hotel and acting as crime liaison officer for the Bath Hotels Association, investigating crimes alongside her day job.
The first of the novels, Something in the Blood, will be published on 27th June. The remaining books will be published as paperbacks and e-books at intervals into 2015.
Accent Press m.d. Hazel Cushion said: “We are thrilled to be working with Jean to launch the Honey Driver series in the UK. Jean is the UK’s answer to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, a traditional crime puzzle with added laughter and a world-famous city setting. Honey Driver will appeal to fans of M C Beaton's Agatha Raisin.
"There has already been interest from TV companies."
The books have already been successful in translation in Germany, where they are published by Aufbau Tashenbuch.