Pan Macmillan has acquired the Dales Detective series by Julia Chapman following a three-way auction.
Senior editor Catherine Richards at Pan Macmillan acquired UK & Commonwealth rights for three novels in the series from Oli Munson at A.M. Heath.
The first book in the series, A Date with Death, sees character Samson O’Brien dismissed from the police force, and returning to his home town of Bruncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales to set up a detective agency while he fights to clear his name. However, in an unexpected turn of events, his first case uncovers a trail of deaths that leads back to the door of an old friend’s dating agency.
Richards said: “A Date with Death is utterly charming, the perfect tonic as the nights draw in – on reading you just want to curl up by a roaring fire with a cup of tea. It’s a magical combination of delightful rural setting, characters you really care about and a satisfying investigation."
Munson at A.M. Heath added: "I couldn’t be happier that Catherine and Pan Macmillan will be publishing The Dales Detective series. Not only is A Date with Death full of charm but most importantly, it absolutely delivers as a first rate mystery."
Julia Chapman is the pseudonym of Julia Stagg, who has written five novels, in the Fogas Chronicles series set in the French Pyrenees, published by Hodder. She said: "I’m over the moon that Samson, Delilah and the inhabitants of Bruncliffe have found a home with Catherine and the team at Pan Macmillan. I’m equally delighted that I get to write the next two books in the series!"
Pan Macmillan will publish the series in paperback and e-book in six-month intervals, with A Date with Death in March 2017, followed by books two and three in the series in November 2017 and March 2018 respectively. The series will be published in the US by Pan Macmillan’s sister company, Thomas Dunne Books.