Her first novel with Orion will be released in winter 2020
Crime writer Michelle Davies is moving from Pan Macmillan to Orion Fiction, after publishing director Francesca Pathak bought world English rights to two novels by Davies from Jane Gregory.
The first book in the deal, Shadow of a Doubt (winter 2020), is inspired by real events, and is about a woman accused of causing her brother's death as a child, and who blamed it on a paranormal entity she swore was haunting their house.
Davies said: "I am thrilled to be joining Orion, a publisher I've long admired. Francesca is a brilliant editor with a fantastic track record and I've been bowled over by her enthusiasm for Shadow of a Doubt."
Pathak said: "I’ve been a huge fan of Michelle's since reading her novel Gone Astray and it's a joy to work with her on her first standalone novel."