Chatto buys historical true-crime debut

<p>Chatto editor Juliet Brooke has bought Damn His Blood, a true crime story set in rural Georgian England by first-time writer Peter Moore.</p><p>Brooke acquired UK and Commonwealth rights at auction from Annabel Merullo at PFD. The book describes the murder of a village parson in 1806, a crime which became a national sensation in the period before Robert Peel introduced the police force and is said to combine true crime with &quot;expertly researched&quot; social history.</p><p>Brooke said, &lsquo;We&rsquo;re talking Mr Whicher in a smock! It&rsquo;s a gripping tale of murder and intrigue packed with grisly details, which also brings an unfamiliar period of English history brilliantly to life. It&rsquo;s very exciting to welcome Peter to Chatto. He is a young literary historian with a great future ahead of him.&rsquo;</p><p>Chatto plan to publish on 21st June 2012, to coincide with the anniversary of the parson&rsquo;s murder. </p>