Harlequin signs two from Patrick

Harlequin signs two from Patrick

Harlequin Mira has signed two novels from debut author Phaedra Patrick.

Sammia Hamer at Mira signed UK and Commonwealth rights for two books in a deal with Clare Wallace at the Darley Anderson Agency.

The first book, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, follows 69-old Arthur Pepper, who discovers a mysterious charm bracelet when going through his deceased wife's possessions. The find takes him on a journey through London, Paris and India as he learns more about his wife's secret past.

Hamer said: "‘This novel grabbed me from the first chapter - with its assured simplicity and poignant tone, it was something I just had to have for the Mira list."

Rights have already been sold in Italy, Brazil, Sweden, Germany and North America. Mira will publish in hardback in January 2016, with a paperback following in the summer.