Pan Macmillan has bought three crime novels by debut novelist Mari Hannah.and Louise Millar
..."Mari has done everything right in creating what I know will be an extremely addictive series. She has the perfect protagonist in Kate Daniels and her North East setting adds such depth and atmosphere to these books."
The Murder Wall will be published in early 2012, with Settled Blood to be published later in the year.
Macmillan has bought world rights to two books by debut author Louise Millar, the first of which is described as "a gripping psychological thriller".
Journalist Millar's first novel, entitled The Playdate, is a dark tale about parenting and the nature of modern friendships. The book is due for publication in spring 2012, and is expected to appeal to fans of Barbara Vine, Sophie Hannah and crimewriting duo Nicci French.
A second, as yet unnamed novel will follow.