Time-travelling serial killer to Orion

Orion has acquired a debut speculative thriller novel by A K Benedict, called The Beauty of Murder, which features a time-travelling serial killer.

Editorial director Genevieve Pegg bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from a partial on submission from Rupert Heath, and said: "Macabre, suspenseful and hugely inventive, I was spellbound from the start. Once I'd met its compelling characters, I knew I couldn't let go of them."

Orion plans to publish in late 2012. German rights have been sold to Droemer.

Benedict read English at the University of Cambridge and studied creative writing at the University of Sussex. She has composed film and television soundtracks and published short stories and poems in small journals.