Whitehouse joins Fourth Estate with new police procedural series

Whitehouse joins Fourth Estate with new police procedural series

Psychological thriller author Lucie Whitehouse is moving from Bloomsbury to Fourth Estate and changing gears with a new crime procedural series. Helen Garnons-Williams, publishing director at Fourth Estate, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to two new books by Whitehouse from Victoria Hobbs at A M Heath.

Whitehouse has published four novels for Bloomsbury— including bestsellers Before We Met and The Bed I Made—which collectively have shifted 171,000 units through Nielsen BookScan UK. The first title in the Fourth Estate deal, Critical Incidents, introduces disgraced former Met homicide detective Robin Osborne, who is forced to return to her parents’ home in Birmingham to work as an insurance-fraud investigator and share her former teenage bedroom with her own teenage daughter, aged 13. Osborne then discovers that her best friend, Corinna, is dead, and Corinna’s missing husband is wanted for murder...

Garnons-Williams said: "Robin is a fantastic character—impulsive, flawed, funny, deeply relatable—who will appeal to anyone who loves the novels of Susie Steiner, Tana French and Robert Galbraith."