Peters Fraser & Dunlop (PFD) has has acquired the literary estates of John Creasey and Michael Innes, as well as 51% stake in the estate of Eric Ambler.
Caroline Michel, c.e.o. of PFD, said that she hoped to reintroduce the writers to new readers across different platforms and territories.
John Creasey, MBE [pictured] wrote more than 500 crime and science fiction books during his career, under 28 different pseudonyms. The characters he created included Commander George Gideon of Scotland Yard, which was turned into a television series called "Gideon's Way", and a John Ford film called "Gideon of Scotland Yard". In 1953, Creasey founded the Crime Writers' Association (CWA), and the CWA award for first books is named after him.
Michael Innes (Jim Stewart), was also a crime writer, who wrote more than 50 crime novels. His best known character was Sir John Appleby, a detective who first appeared in Death at the President's Lodgings.
Eric Ambler OBE was described by Graham Greene as as "unquestionably our best thriller writer", and wrote more than 20 books, many of which were turned into films, including The Mask of Demetrius, Journey Into Fear and Epitaph for a Spy. He also wrote the screenplay for the film "A Night to Remember", about the sinking of the Titanic.
Two years ago, PFD bought a majority share-holding in the estate of author George Simenon. Penguin is now publishing newly translated editions of work.