Author on the way to becoming 'the queen of the modern locked-room mystery'
Kimberley Young at HarperCollins has bought UK and Commonwealth rights in two new books from Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party, from Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown. North American rights have gone to Katherine Nintzel, executive editor at William Morrow of HarperCollins US. The Hunting Party has been one of the bestselling thrillers of the year, and is due out in paperback at the end of October. Foley's follow-up, The Guest List, is due in hardback in the spring.
HC aims to "cement Lucy Foley as the most exciting new voice in the crime thriller market".
Young said: "Lucy Foley is a dream author to work with: immensely talented, creative and hardworking, and so deserving of the success that she's achieved with her market-leading novel. She's fast becoming the queen of the modern locked-room mystery - I can't wait for readers to discover her phenomenal new thriller, The Guest List, next spring - and I know that we have an incredibly exciting journey ahead."
Foley said: "It has been such a thrill seeing the passion and talent of the brilliant team at HarperCollins pay off with The Hunting Party hitting the bestseller lists and I'm so excited by the creativity and ambition of their plans for The Guest List. It's wonderful to know the party will be continuing for another two books!"
Summerhayes said: "The combination of Lucy's brilliant crime writing and HarperCollins' publishing genius made The Hunting Party a must-read and The Guest List is shaping up to be an even bigger hit, so I am thrilled that we have another two books to add to the canon."
Photo of Lucy Foley by Philippa Gedge