Friday, 1 September 2017

Orion signs 'new king of the locked room mystery'

Lovely announcement this week about the deal for one of my DHH Literary Agency clients, Chris McGeorge.

Francesca Pathak, senior commissioning editor at Orion Fiction, has acquired two novels by debut crime author Chris McGeorge, a recent graduate of the City University creative writing MA.

The protagonist of McGeorge's debut Guess Who? (May 2018) is Morgan Sheppard, a TV presenter who, at the age of 11, solved the case of his murdered maths teacher. Twenty-five years later, he wakes up in a locked hotel room with five strangers and a dead body in the bathroom. Someone in the room is the murderer, and Sheppard has three hours to identify that person - otherwise they all die.

Pathak said: "This book is so much fun - I raced through it in one sitting. Imagine Agatha Christie had created an interactive Escape the Room game and you get Guess Who?Chris McGeorge is the new king of the locked room mystery."

McGeorge said: "Guess Who? was originally written as my masters thesis and I had a lot of fun with the concept. I am very excited to be able to share this story with the world."

Here's the announcement in the Bookseller.