Hera Books acquires Dickinson's first crime fiction series

Hera Books acquires Dickinson's first crime fiction series

Hera Books has aquired Miranda Dickinson's first crime fiction series, to be written under the pseudonym M J White.

The publisher acquired world English language rights from Hannah Ferguson at Hardman Swainson. The series will follow Dr Cora Lael, a psychologist with an "incredibly unique ability" who is called upon to assist in the case of a missing child in a sleepy Suffolk village. The first title will be published in early 2022, with the second book to follow later in the year. 

Keshini Naidoo, publishing director, said: "I’ve long been an admirer of Miranda’s writing, so when I was lucky enough to receive her first ever crime novel, I knew it would be something special… and I was not wrong! Dr Cora Lael, a psychologist with a rare form of synaesthesia that enables her to sense emotional echoes hidden in discarded objects, is such a captivating, intriguing character. As she teams up with Acting DS Rob Minshull to investigate the disappearance of a young child in the Suffolk village of St Just, Cora’s rare skill comes into play, and the result is a novel that breathes new life into the police procedural.  I was absolutely swept away by this detective novel with a twist, and I just know that this series will delight crime fiction readers and Miranda’s fans alike. We’re so proud that M J White will be joining us at Hera, and can’t wait for readers to take Cora Lael to their hearts."

The author added: "This series has been my secret passion for years and I am thrilled that Dr Cora Lael and Acting DS Rob Minshull are finally going to meet readers thanks to Keshini and the brilliant team at Hera. I love their passion and plans for my crime thrillers and I’m excited to see what the future holds for M J White."

Dickinson is the author of novels including Somewhere Beyond the Sea (Pan), The Day We Meet Again (HQ) and Our Story (HQ).