Bookouture has surprised fans by dropping a new novel by one of its biggest authors, Angela Marsons, without warning.
Marsons, who is the author of the Detective Kim Stone series, wrote the surprise novel, First Blood, as a standalone title. Published today in e-book and audio by Bookouture, it takes Marsons' readers back to the very beginning of Kim Stone’s story, before the events that took place in her first book, Silent Scream.
With 11 books in the series already published, according to Bookouture the series has now sold over 3.7 million copies across the world and been translated into 28 languages.
Bookouture said it had disrupted its normal publishing schedule as a surprise for current fans and as an opportunity to attract new readers.
Additional surprises include an audio edition that features a conversation between narrator Jan Cramer and Marsons talking about the Kim Stone series. In partnership with Sphere, meanwhile, a special collector’s edition hardback will be published on 28th November; it is available to pre-order with limited-edition signed copies available to order via Goldsboro Books.
Publisher Claire Bord said: "In Kim Stone, Angela has created a detective who readers have really taken into their hearts. Since Silent Scream hit the top of the Kindle Charts in 2015, we’ve followed Kim and her team through every nail-biting case along with each of their personal stories too. After the 11th book, Child’s Play, launched in July this year, we wanted to give fans of the series a really special treat with this surprise release."
Marsons said: "This is the book I’ve been dying to write for a long time. I am so excited to share the story of how the team first got together with the loyal readers of the Kim Stone books – and I hope it’ll be a great introduction for new readers to the series too."