Monday, 11 May 2020

New Orion Deal for Chris McGeorge

ORION FICTION SNAPS UP TWO MORE FROM THE NEW KING OF THE LOCKED-ROOM MYSTERY

Francesca Pathak, publishing director at Orion Fiction has acquired two more novels from Chris McGeorge, author of Guess Who (rights of which have been sold in 13 territories). Pathak acquired world all language rights from Hannah Sheppard at DHH.

Inside Out is the first book in the deal and opens with another impossible mystery. Cara Lockhart, newly imprisoned in a high security women’s prison, wakes up one morning to discover her cellmate has been murdered - shot in the head with a gun that is missing. The door was locked all night, which makes Cara the only suspect. There is only one problem - Cara knows she didn't do it and she has no idea who did.

Pathak said, ‘Chris McGeorge has set us up again with an incredible concept and leaves us guessing throughout an impossible crime. His stories fuse Agatha Christie and Jonathan Creek and they are an absolute joy to read.’

McGeorge said, ‘I have always been fascinated with the locked-room mystery, and a locked prison cell is the ultimate version of it, so I knew I had to tackle it. Cara Lockhart is put in the impossible situation where she knows she didn't kill her cellmate, and the guards don't believe her, because why would they? Inside Out is an exploration of people's perceptions and Cara starts to realise how hard it is for those perceptions to change. With Guess Who and Now You See Me I played around with the locked-room concept, and Inside Out is the culmination. I am very excited to be telling this story with Orion and can't wait to share it.’

Orion Fiction will publish as a paperback later this year.

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