Bookouture sign three-book deal with cosy crime author Lucy Connelly

23 November 2023

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that Commissioning Editor Maisie Lawrence has acquired world all languages in three utterly gripping cosy mysteries by Lucy Connelly from literary agent Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

The first novel, publishing in 2024, introduces an American crime writer and her sister who arrive in Ireland after receiving an unexpected inheritance of a cottage and bookshop from their grandfather. Delighted by their new start, when a neighbour drops dead at their welcome party and the local police seem eager to arrest the newcomers, they must solve the case themselves.

Maisie said,

‘From the moment I read the first few chapters of Lucy’s stunning murder mystery, I wanted more! I adore her writing and it’s been so much fun working with her to develop this series. She has such a talent for creating the most amazing community in her mysteries and so skilfully combining intricate plotting with characters who feel like friends – I know readers will want to come back book after book. I can’t wait to publish this series with her!

Lucy said,

‘I’m so excited to be working with Maisie and the team at Bookouture on this new series. They are doing extraordinary work, and I feel blessed.’

Jill said,

‘Lucy Connelly is such a terrific writer, and her story is charming with wonderful characters, and I know she will be in great hands with Maisie Lawrence and the Bookouture team – very excited for this partnership.’

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