Jacaranda to bring Caribbean crime to UK readers this summer

Jacaranda to bring Caribbean crime to UK readers this summer

Jacaranda Books is launching a Caribbean-themed crime series this summer by Paula Lennon, starting with Murder in Montego Bay (9th June, £8.99).

The series will follow crime-fighting detective duo Raythan Preddy, a Jamaican, and Sean Harris, a Scot, as they solve crimes in the picturesque city of Montego Bay, Jamaica. The publisher is issuing the first in the three-book series alongside Swimming with Fishes by Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm as part of a Caribbean-themed summer campaign. The promotion will include author interviews, events, price drops and a push across NetGalley, Goodreads and the company’s social media channels. Jacaranda will also be collaborating with retailers to run competitions and promotions.

Jazzmine Breary, digital and publicity manager at Jacaranda, said: “The relationship between the Caribbean and the UK is a strong one, with a significant population of people of Caribbean heritage living in the UK. In addition to reaching this audience, we look forward to seeing these novels devoured by any reader wanting the perfect summer read.

“This is a fresh new crime series that is going to be great for the crime fiction fan community. The relationship between the two detectives is truly golden, and it is really going to drive the series. There is a mutual respect there, but also wonderful tension and some testosterone that is so balanced out by the brilliant women, particularly the female detectives—who are not to be messed with. It is a joy. The use of colloquial dialect brings [the series] an air of authenticity.”