New Acquisitions for 2019

Legend Press are pleased to announce three exciting acquisitions for 2019.

Sea of Bones
by Deborah O'Donoghue

Legend Press are delighted to acquire World English rights (excluding audio) for Sea of Bones, the debut thriller by Deborah O'Donoghue. The deal was made by Legend Press's Commissioning Editor Lauren Parsons with Jemima Forrester from David Higham Associates. The novel will be published in the UK on 1st July 2019.

Set on the Moray coast in Scotland, Sea of Bones is a tense, upmarket thriller. Gripping, beautifully written and hauntingly atmospheric, Sea of Bones has a distinctive sense of place and atmosphere, a compelling, intelligent, emotionally complex female lead and a subtle feminist undertone.

Deborah O’Donoghue studied English and French at the University of Sussex, and Performing Arts at the Sorbonne, before teaching for ten years. She has also worked in car body repairs, in the best fish and chip shop in Brighton, and as a gopher in a comedy club. Sea of Bones is her first novel.

Follow Deborah on Twitter at @TheDebODonoghue


The Slaughter Man
by Cassandra Parkin

We are delighted to acquire World rights for The Slaughter Man, the new novel by Cassandra Parkin. The deal was made by Lauren Parsons, Legend Press Commissioning Editor direct with the author. The novel will be published 1st October 2019.

With the death of her twin sister Laurel, seventeen-year-old Willow’s family has fallen apart. Haunted by terrifying dreams of her sister, Willow has become a sleepwalker and is stricken with mutism, unable to understand how she can still be alive when her genetically-identical twin is gone. Staring into the mirror, she speaks the only words she will say out loud – 'Willow. My name’s Willow. I’m Willow. And I’m still alive'. The Slaughter Man is a dark, haunting read with supernatural overtones.

Cassandra Parkin grew up in Hull, and now lives in East Yorkshire. Her short story collection, New World Fairy Tales (Salt Publishing, 2011), won the 2011 Scott Prize for Short Stories. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. The Summer We All Ran Away (2013) was Cassandra's debut novel and was nominated for the Amazon Rising Stars in 2014.

Legend Press have also published The Beach Hut (2015), Lily's House (2016), The Winter's Child (2017) and Underwater Breathing (2018).

Follow Cassandra on Twitter @cassandrajaneuk

The Death of Me
by M.J. Tjia

We are thrilled to announce Heloise Chancey will be returning in the third instalment of the award-winning historical crime series. The Death of Me is published by Legend Press on 1st October 2019. World rights were acquired by Lauren Parsons direct from the author.

The novel follows Heloise Chancey, Victorian courtesan turned detective, as she races against time to uncover a murderous assassination plot.

M.J. Tjia has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies. Her awards include longlistings for the Ned Kelly Awards and the CWA Debut Dagger. MJ. Tjia lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her family.

Follow M.J. Tjia on Twitter @mjtjia


The Continent, 1864: Two bomb attacks, three deaths.

Clues to an elaborate assassination plot are intercepted in Paris and the authorities believe the assassin’s lair lies in Soho, London. Heloise Chancey, courtesan and professional detective, must go undercover to spy upon the nest of suspects and end their murderous conspiracy.

Meanwhile, her Chinese maid, Amah Li Leen finds herself trapped in a deadly nightmare of deceit and madness. Will she be able to escape before time runs out? Danger keeps Heloise close company as she hunts evil down to its devilish source.