Crime author Caroline Mitchell has signed a two-book deal with Bonnier Books UK’s new digital-first imprint, Embla Books.
Publishing director Jane Snelgrove, who previously published Mitchell at Thomas & Mercer, secured world English-language rights to two books in a deal made with Madeleine Milburn at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency. First book, The Midnight Man, will be published in October.
Its synopsis reads: "The first in a new series featuring careworn detective Sarah Noble, the book starts with a real-life game which will be familiar to those with an interest in the supernatural. If followed correctly, the four steps in the midnight game act as an invitation to the eponymous Midnight Man—which, as with the book’s terrifying opening, can turn out to be deadly."
Snelgrove said: "I’m not sure what gripped me most when I first started this book, the fear that creeps up your spine from its pages, or the fear that I might not be the one to publish it! Having worked with Caroline for many years, I am absolutely over the moon to be publishing her again at Embla Books. To say she is going from strength to strength is putting it mildly: from the first page, it is clear that The Midnight Man is what Caroline was born to write."
Mitchell commented: "I couldn’t be more excited to join Embla as its first crime thriller author. The Midnight Man has found a perfect home with the incredibly talented Jane Snelgrove, and I’m so grateful to my agent, Madeleine Milburn, for bringing us together again. It’s a privilege to be with Embla at this stage of their journey and I am enormously impressed by their passion and ambition for what is to come."
Mitchell is the author of the DI Amy Winter Thriller series (Thomas & Mercer), the Ruby Preston series (Bookouture) and six standalone novels.