Nicola Monaghan, Sherryl Clark join Verve list

Rights - Fiction Monday, 04 February 2019

Crime novels for Oldcastle's digital imprint

Verve Books, the digital imprint at Oldcastle Books, has signed new crime novels by Nicola Monaghan and Sherryl Clark.

Nicola Monaghan's Dead Flowers (out this spring), which was shortlisted for the 2018 Little, Brown UEA Crime Writing award, is the first novel in a cold case series introducing DNA expert Sian Love. Acquiring editor Katherine Sunderland said: "Dead Flowers is a compelling cold case investigation with memorable characters who feel authentic and believable. The intriguing plot builds towards a tense and dramatic conclusion that'll keep you gripped to the last page!"

Monaghan graduated with distinction from the Nottingham Trent creative writing course. Her debut novel, The Killing Jar (Vintage), won a Betty Trask Award, the Authors' Club Best First Novel Prize and the Waverton Good Read. She teaches creative writing at De Montfort University, and online at YouTube, Udemy and Skillshare.

Verve has world rights in Dead Flowers and a second Sian Love novel directly from the author.

Sherryl Clark's Trust Me, I'm Dead (summer this year), signed in a two-book deal for world rights through Brian Cook at the Authors' Agent, was shortlisted for the 2018 CWA Debut Dagger. It opens an Australian-set mystery series, and concerns a sister's search for the truth behind the murder of her estranged brother. Sunderland said: ""Trust Me, I'm Dead is a fantastic, accomplished debut novel with a strong female protagonist whose wry humour and blunt approach to life is refreshing and utterly engaging. There are some brilliant twists along the way."

Photos: Nicola Monaghan (left) and Sherryl Clark

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