Two new novels in Michelle Davies' DC Maggie Neville series have been acquired by Pan Macmillan.
Senior editor Catherine Richards signed world English language rights from Jane Gregory.
Davies’ debut crime novel, Gone Astray – about a family whose Euro Millions win has sinister consequences, which introduces the series' lead protagonist DC Maggie Neville, a family liaison officer – was launched earlier this year.
Richards praised the "fantastic series" for its "fresh take on the police procedural".
Prior to her crime fiction debut, Davies has been writing professionally for 20 years as a journalist on magazines, including on the production desk at Elle, and as features editor of Heat. Her last staff position before going freelance was editor-at-large at Grazia magazine.
She said: "I am thrilled that Maggie’s story will continue over two more books and I am grateful for the continued support and enthusiasm from Catherine and the rest of the team at Pan Macmillan. I’m so happy to carrying on being part of the inimitable Pan Mac family."
Gregory added: “Michelle has been so happy with first experience of book publishing with Catherine and Macmillan, so we are are all delighted that this will continue, we expect great things of Maggie.”