Comedian Ian Moore’s mystery series Follet Valley, including the first book Death and Croissants (Farrago), has been optioned for TV by the company behind "Agatha Raisin".
Independent production company Free @ Last TV acquired rights from the Duckworth Books imprint, which published Death and Croissants on 1st July 2021.
The Follet Valley series follows Richard, a middle-aged Englishman who runs a bed-and-breakfast in the Loire Valley, France. One day an older guest goes missing, leaving behind only a bloody handprint on the wallpaper. Another guest, the enigmatic Valérie, persuades a sceptical Richard to investigate the disappearance, leading them both into a series of local amateur sleuth investigations.
Barry Ryan, joint m.d. of Free @ Last TV, said: "Charm. Wit. Flair. It’s rare to come across a first novel that manages to combine an intriguing twisty plot with laugh-out-loud humour. Ian is a first-class writer and we immediately saw the potential for a long-running series with returnable characters we know people will adore. We’re proud to add Follet Valley to the Free @ Last TV slate and are very much looking forward to getting going."
Moore commented: "I'm so happy. I wrote the books with the idea of putting a smile on people's faces. I hope the TV versions will do the same and I know that Free @ Last TV want the same. Smiles all round."
Pete Duncan, m.d. of Duckworth Books, added: "Knowing what Free @ Last TV has achieved with Agatha Raisin, now headed for its fourth season, we are thrilled to be working with Barry and the team on Ian’s charming Follet Valley series."