Detective series to RHCP

Detective series to RHCP

Random House Children's Publishers (RHCP) has signed a deal for three books about a children's detective agency from debut author Robin Stevens, who works for Orion Children's Books.

Natalie Doherty, editor at RHCP, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Gemma Cooper at The Bent Agency.

The books are aimed at 10-13 year-olds, with the first title, Murder Most Unladylike, set in 1934 and following the young duo of Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong who set up their own secret detective agency.

Stevens said she fell in love with murder mysteries after reading Agatha Christie at the age of 12.

Doherty described the first book, due for publication in March 2014, as "a deftly plotted, gripping and very accessible introduction to the murder mystery genre—think Agatha Christie for readers aged 10 plus".