Pan Macmillan has acquired a "compelling and authentic" new series set in the world of Sherlock Holmes, by debut author Michelle Birkby.
The series is written from the point of view of Sherlock Holmes’ housekeeper, Mrs Hudson and will follow Mrs Hudson and Dr Watson’s wife, Mary, as they team up together to do some detective work of their own. In the first book, The House at Baker Street, their investigations take them to the depths of Whitechapel where the Ripper is still feared.
Pan Macmillan bought world rights from Jane Judd at the Jane Judd Literary Agency and described the series as "a fresh take on a household favourite" which "enables two key female characters from Conan Doyle’s work to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight".
Judd said: "Michelle Birkby's take on Mrs Hudson is a gift to all Sherlock Holmes fans, and I am delighted that Macmillan will be publishing her first two fascinating novels."
Pan Macmillan will publish the first title, The House at Baker Street, in February 2016 followed by The Women of Baker Street in February 2017.
The publications are supported by both the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd and Arthur Conan Doyle Characters Ltd.