Polygon nets three more in Skelton's 'enthralling' Rebecca Connolly series

Polygon nets three more in Skelton's 'enthralling' Rebecca Connolly series

Birlinn imprint Polygon has signed a deal with crime writer Douglas Skelton for three more books in his “enthralling” Rebecca Connolly series.

Polygon purchased world all language rights, including e-book and audio, from Jo Bell at the Bell Lomax Moreton Agency.

The trio continues Skelton’s contemporary crime novels set in Inverness and the Scottish Highlands. Connolly is a tumultuous young reporter investigating crimes and characters in a world where the dark and atmospheric past lives on.

Skelton's series began in 2019 with Thunder Bay, which was longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize. Two more volumes, The Blood is Still and A Rattle of Bones, followed in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Polygon will publish the fourth in the series, Where Demons Hide, in July 2022. The new deal will bring the series to seven, with publication from 2023 onwards.

Skelton said: “I am delighted to have been given the chance to continue Rebecca's story with Polygon. It's exciting to see Rebecca's world expanding along with the ensemble characters Elspeth, Chaz, Alan and DCI Roach. Polygon has shown great commitment to this series and also seeing it extend to other territories throughout the world has been tremendously exciting.”

Rights for Skelton’s series have been sold to Arcade in the US, Gema in Greece, and Gyldendal Cicero in Denmark. Dumont has bought the first three books in Germany.

The first three volumes of the series are available in audio from Isis. Audio and international rights are represented by Fiona Brownlee of Brownlee Donald.