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Two New Thrillers by Catherine Ryan Howard Acquired by Corvus

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Article by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin © 28 February 2018.
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Corvus, Atlantic Books have announced that they have acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to the next two novels by bestselling author Catherine Ryan Howard from Jane Gregory at Gregory & Company/David Higham.

Catherine Ryan Howard first broke onto the scene with Distress Signals in 2016, with her second novel The Liar’s Girl due for publication in March 2018.

She comments: ‘I couldn’t be happier to be writing two more books for Corvus. The whole team there is incredibly enthusiastic, there is no better editor than Sara O’Keeffe, and their crime/thriller list continues to go from strength to strength. I’m not only looking forward to the future, I’m excited about it.’

Jane Gregory says: ‘I am so pleased that we have agreed this new deal.  I am sure that Catherine’s talent combined with Sara O’Keefe’s expertise and the enthusiasm of the team at Corvus/Atlantic will ensure the that Catherine’s sales will soar.’

Sara O’ Keeffe says: ‘We’re thrilled to have signed another deal with Catherine. She has brilliant authorial instincts and is amassing an impressive list of fans in the trade. I’m excited to continue working with Catherine and look forward to publishing her amazing second novel, The Liar’s Girl, next month!’

Distress Signals was an Irish Times and USA Today bestseller, one of Amazon UK’s ‘Rising Star’ best debuts of 2016, Winner: Best Mystery, shortlisted for Books Are My Bag IBA Crime Novel of the Year 2016, and shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger in 2017.

Out on 1 March 2018 in trade paperback and e-book, The Liar’s Girl is Corvus’ lead thriller for Spring 2018, having already received truly fantastic praise from far and wide, including:

Dark, tender, tightly plotted and crackles with suspense. – Ali Land

A killer premise that totally delivers. A creepy, claustrophobic tale that never lets up on the tension while also managing to strike a truly tender note. – Caz Frear

[A] clever and intriguing tale … All the clues were there but so ingeniously hidden that I couldn’t figure it out. – Liz Nugent

Absolutely fantastic. I was gripped the entire way through, can’t recommend it enough… – Jenny Blackhurst

Astonishingly good. – Jo Spain

Corvus will publish The Liar’s Girl in March 2018 in trade paperback and e-book, and Ryan Howard’s third novel is due for publication in 2019.


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Writing.ie has been developed and is run by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin who founded The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and is Ireland's leading literary scout. Vanessa is represented by literary agent Simon Trewin and writes crime as Sam Blake. LITTLE BONES will be published by Bonnier's Twenty7 imprint in May 2016. Vanessa is the Chair of Irish PEN and the Irish and Eurozone Adviser to the international organisation The Alliance of Independent Authors.