Bookouture re-signs contracts with cosy crime authors Bright and Dixon

Author image Verity Bright

Author image Helena Dixon

Bookouture is thrilled to announce that commissioning editor Kelsie Marsden has agreed a six book deal, for World All Languages, film/tv and audio with author Verity Bright. The deal was agreed directly with the author taking Verity’s publishing into 2027.

Kelsie said,

‘I am so excited to continue our partnership with Verity Bright! They are so talented, and the Lady Eleanor Swift series is just getting better and better.  The immense creativity, research and hard work they put into every book is what keeps readers coming back for more. They are true masters at the genre. I am always blown away by their plot twists and the tiny, intricate details each mystery contains. I can’t wait to see where we can take their publishing next!’

Verity said,

It’s a huge pleasure to be writing more books in the Lady Swift series with Bookouture. Everyone on the staff, including our stellar editor, Kelsie, are so professional and make the whole process such a joy, I couldn’t be happier to be continuing the association.

We’re over the moon to announce that commissioning editor Maisie Lawrence has acquired a world rights in a brand-new cosy crime series by Helena Dixon from Kate Nash of Kate Nash Literary Agency. Dixon is the author of the bestselling Miss Underhay mystery series, which has delighted fans worldwide with over 95 million Kindle Unlimited pages read and over 250,000 copies sold. Bookouture are also thrilled to be publishing four new Miss Underhay mysteries with Dixon in 2025.

The first book in her new series, The Secret Detective Agency, will publish in March 2025. The book opens in 1941 at the house of Arthur Cilento, an asthmatic academic, who finds a woman’s body in the gardens of his manor house. Miss Jane Treen, a government officer from London who manages an elite group of spies, knows exactly who the mystery woman was and why she was there. Forced to work together, the race is on to solve a deadly puzzle that Arthur and Jane were not anticipating.

Maisie said,

‘Helena Dixon is a cosy crime master and totally brilliant at crafting twisty, gripping plots, combined with tantalising settings that are an utter joy to read. In this new series, she has created two truly unforgettable characters – and an excellent cat – who will solve tricky crimes together. She’s a joy to work with, always going above and beyond to delight her readers and I can’t wait for them to fall in love with The Secret Detective Agency.’

Helena said,

‘I am so excited to bring The Secret Detective Agency to readers. Maisie and the team at Bookouture are so great to work with that I know Jane, Arthur and Marmaduke the one-eyed cat couldn’t be in better hands.’

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