Orenda signs South African crime-writing duo

Orenda signs South African crime-writing duo

Orenda Books is to publish the next three books in the "widely acclaimed" Detective Kubu series by award-winning crime-writing duo Michael Stanley - Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip.

Karen Sullivan, publisher of Orenda Books, acquired world rights excluding USA and Canada to Deadly Harvest, A Death in the Family and Dying to Live. The deal was negotiated with Sarah Nundy of Andrew Nurnberg Associates.

Sullivan said: “This is a magnificent signing for Orenda, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to publish Michael Stanley, whose previous three books in the Detective Kubu series have been widely acclaimed. Set in Botswana, these are fabulously readable, brilliantly written, dark and gritty police procedurals, with a wry humour and an unforgettable protagonist. Aptly called 'Sunshine Noir', by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, they are also tightly plotted and intricately written, with moral and social issues at their core. It’s hard to think of a better series for the Orenda list.”

Michael Stanley said: “We're delighted to join the wonderful authors already with Karen Sullivan and Orenda Books. Belonging to a dynamic publisher specializing in mysteries from around the globe is a great fit for Detective Kubu. Orenda Books is going places, and we're excited to be going along!”

Deadly Harvest and A Death in the Family will be out in e-book in December, and in print in Spring 2016, with Dying To Live scheduled for Spring 2017.