We are thrilled to be welcoming romantic-suspense bestseller Rita Herron to the Bookouture family, previously published by Montlake Romance and also published by Harlequin for her other series. Associate Publisher Christina Demosthenous acquired World English Language rights from Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency to three books in the Detective Ellie Reeves series.

The first book in the series will publish in July 2020, introducing the formidable and unforgettable detective Ellie Reeves, who is determined to get to the bottom of a missing girl’s case. Against the evocative backdrop of the Appalachian mountains, Ellie faces plummeting temperatures, a threatening snowstorm, and a shocking secret at the heart of her hometown.

Rita says,

‘Having been a long-time admirer of Bookouture titles and their beautiful covers, I’m thrilled to join this talented team in publishing my new detective crime series!’

Christina says,

‘I couldn’t be more excited about publishing Rita’s Ellie Reeves series. Rita is a true joy to work with and the detective she has created is a smart, kickass and relatable character that I know readers are really going to root for. The Appalachian Mountains setting is ripe for secrets, mystery and boundless atmosphere – just perfect for a crime series.’

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