Simon & Schuster buys two Casey Hill

Simon & Schuster has bought a further two thrillers from husband and wife writing team Casey Hill. Fiction editorial director Maxine Hitchcock bough UK and Commonwealth rights to the books, which will be published in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

The untitled thrillers will feature Reilly Steel, an American forensic investigator who is in Dublin on a two year sabbatical to assist local detectives with brutal crimes. Hitchcock said: "Reilly Steel is a fresh new arrival on the crime scene who is set to become  as well known and well loved as those other leading ladies in crime, Kay Scarpetta and Tempe Brennan."

S&S recently published Taboo by Casey Hill, which hit number 3 in the Heatseekers chart in the week ending 15th July. The authors recently signed a television deal with Ecosse to produce a CSI-style series based on Casey Hill.