Sphere has acquired two new novels from crime author Val McDermid.
Lucy Malagoni, publishing director for Sphere Fiction, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to two novels from agent Jane Gregory. The first of these two novels, both of which are currently untitled, will be published in 2019.
Malagoni said: “Working with the inimitable Val McDermid is such a joy for me and the entire team at Sphere and I am over the moon that we will continue to publish Val’s truly exceptional novels – she is truly the unrivalled queen of crime.”
“I work with a terrific team at Little, Brown who support everything I do, so it's a delight to shake hands on another two books," McDermid said. "I really value their encouragement of my attempts to do better and different things with the crime novel.”
McDermid’s most recent thriller and the fifth book in the Karen Pirie series, Broken Ground, entered the Sunday Times bestseller list earlier this year following hardback publication, Sphere said.