Williams and Whiting is an innovative, independent publishing house with the desire to not only publish books by new authors but also to help readers rediscover books that have gone out of print by making them available again in bright, easy to read, new editions.
January 31st 2018
We are delighted to announce we have signed Charlie Cochrane whose new book Pack Up Your Troubles is a collection of stories set in and around the trenches during the First World War telling the stories of gay soldiers who are not only fearful for their lives but also fearful least the truth about their sexual orientation be exposed and will be published in the Spring 2018.
January 29th 2018
We are delighted to announce we have signed Alison Baillie‘s new suspense crime novel A Fractured Winter which will be published in May 2018. Publisher Mike Linane said, “I am delighted that Alison has joined Williams & Whiting – she is the perfect fit for us. A Fractured Winter is a fabulous contemporary suspense novel set in Switzerland, Scotland and the North of England in which nothing is ever quite what it seems and will have the reader gripped from the very first page.”
January 24th 2018
We are delighted to announce we have signed Stephen Baines‘ debut crime fiction novel Friend or Foe which is the first in the William and Mary Backas Maritime Mystery series. Set in Whitby in 1729 Friend or Foe introduces William who is Whitby’s Chief Constable and his all-knowing wife Margaret as they investigate a most unusual murder – that of a seaman whose body is discovered in a barrel of lant. Friend or Foe will be published in the Spring 2018.
January 22nd 2018
We are delighted to announce we have signed Linda Gruchy to a three book deal. Linda’s Elversford Mysteries are contemporary police procedural mysteries set in a fictional Essex landscape. The first book Blood Will Out will be published in the Spring 2018.
January 17th 2018
We are delighted to announce that Jeff Dowson author of the Jack Shepherd thriller series has signed a new three book deal with us. The books will be Chasing The Night, the fourth in the Jack Shepherd series, and two books in a new series featuring American GI Ed Grover set in post World War II Bristol.
January 16th 2018
We are delighted to announce we have signed debut fiction author Marilyn Pemberton. Her novel The Jewel Garden is set primarily between 1860 and 1895 and is an unconventional romance telling the story of one woman’s search for love in an era when there were strict rules and conventions. It tells of her physical, emotional, spiritual and artistic journey from the back streets of the East End of London to the noisy markets of Cairo, from the canals of Venice to the Kent countryside. It is a story of devotion and deceit, of hope and despair. The Jewel Garden will be published in Spring 2018.
January 15th 2018
We are delighted to announce we have signed Nicola Slade in a five book deal. Three of the books will be in the Victorian widow Charlotte Richmond series and two in the retired headmistress Harriet Quigley contemporary mystery series. The first Charlotte Richmond book Murder Most Welcome will be published in February.
November 7th 2017
We are delighted to announce we have signed Melvyn Barnes. His book Francis Durbridge: A Complete Guide will be published in the spring 2018. Francis Durbridge was the creator of radio detectives Paul Temple and his wife Steve whose exploits started in 1938 and ran through until 1968. He also wrote the Tim Frazer tv serials and countless others. Melvyn’s book is a complete guide to all the works of Francis Durbridge be they radio or tv scripts, novelisations or film adaptations. The book is a font of information that no Durbridge fan will want to be without!
November 5th 2017
We are delighted to announced we have signed Andrea Jutson to a three book deal starting with Senseless which is the first in the reticent medium James Paxton mysteries series and will be published in January 2018.
October 6th 2017
We are delighted to announce we have signed author Joan M Moules to a two-book deal the first book of which will be published in the spring on 2018. We have also obtained the rights to fifteen books in Joan’s back catalogue. We will publish the first of these Tin Hats and Gas Masks in the winter of 2017.
September 27th 2017
We are delighted to announce we have signed author Glen Ebisch to a further three book deal. These books will introduce a new protagonist Charles Bentley, a retired American college professor. The first book “The Body In My Office” will be published in November 2017 with the second to follow in 2018.
Publisher Mike Linane said, “I’m thrilled that Glen has signed a new contract with Williams & Whiting. This follows on from his standalone mystery “The Accident” that we published earlier this year. Glen’s books fit very nicely into the cozy mystery category – not every reader wants blood and guts on every page but do want to read a thumping good mystery – a traditional mystery in a modern setting which is exactly what Glen Ebisch writes.”
August 30th 2017
We are delighted to announce we have signed Linda Falco in a two book deal. Linda was born in Forest Gate in the East End of London. She grew up in one of London’s leafy suburbs, the second of four children, raised by wonderful parents following the best traditions of an Italian family – in a house full of love and happiness, respect and spaghetti, a background she draws heavily on in Women of Honour: Donna a novel set in London and Italy in the 1970s and centres around the question just how far will a woman go to protect her child? Women of Honour: Donna is an incredible story of courage, sacrifice and the transforming power of love. It will be published by Williams and Whiting this winter. A second book in the Women of Honour series will follow in 2018.
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July 5th 2017
We are delighted to announce we have acquired world English translation rights to Taxi 79 (79 af Stöðinni), the pivotal novel by Icelandic author Indriði G. Thorsteinsson. Taxi 79 is translated by Quentin Bates and will be published in 2018. Indriði G. Thorsteinsson’s son is the renowned Icelandic crimewriter Arnaldur Indriðason
June 28th 2017
We are delighted to announce we have signed Dolores Gordon-Smith to a two book deal. How to Write a Classic Crime Mystery will be published autum 2017 and her mystery novel Serpent’s Eye will be published winter 2017.
June 2nd 2017
We are delighted to announce we have signed Karla Forbes and will be publishing her Nick Sullivan thriller series starting with Fallout in the summer on 2017.
May 31st 2017
We are delighted to announce we have signed film writer and producer Phil Rowlands whose debut psychological thriller Siena will be published in the summer 2017.
May 30th 2017
We are delighted to announce that we have signed Jeff Dowson to a three book deal. Closing The Distance the first of the Jack Shepherd thriller series will be published in the summer 2017 followed by Changing The Odds and Cloning The Hate. Jeff is a member of BAFTA and the Crime Writers’ Association.
May 29th 2017
We are delighted to announce that we have signed Glen Ebisch whose mystery novel The Accident will be published in the Summer 2017. Glen is a long-time member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Romance Writers of America, and an associate member of Sisters in Crime.
The Accident is about Karen Walker, a former homicide detective who is slowly recovering from the trauma of an automobile accident in which her husband was killed and she was badly injured by a drunk driver who struck the car she was driving. After a year of surgeries and attempts to come to terms with her feelings of guilt, she finds herself living the narrow life of a semi-recluse. This comes to an end when an old friend from college, Clarissa Hammett, asks Karen to help in the search for her missing sister. Karen agrees, and she goes to live in the family’s summer home on the coast of southern Maine that the sister was occupying at the time of her disappearance and Karen quickly comes to realize that the situation is not as simple as she was led to believe.
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November 25th 2016
We are delighted to announce that we have signed our first debut crime fiction author. Paul Harrison has written over 30 non-fiction books mostly dealing with true crime and has now written his first crime novel. The Revenge of the Malakim, the first book in the Grooming Parlour trilogy, will be published in the Spring of 2017.
November 12th 2016
Adrian Burrows will be signing copies of his book Escapades In Bizzarchaeology on Saturday December 3rd from noon until 3pm at First Age Comics, Moor Lane, Lancaster.
October 23rd 2016
Janet Laurence and Susan Moody will be appearing with Dr John Curran and Richard Reynolds at Heffers Bookshop Cambridge on Thursday November 24th from 6.30pm talking about The Golden Age of Crime at Christmas followed by book signings. For tickets please go to : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-golden-age-of-crime-at-christmas-tickets-27882306730
September 21st 2016
We are delighted to announce that Takeout Double the first in the Cassie Swann Mystery series written by Susan Moody will be re-issued in paperback and kindle format on October 1st. Williams and Whiting Managing Director Mike Linane said, “Following the success of re-issuing the Penny Wanawake series Williams and Whiting are really pleased to start bringing the Cassie Swann series back to the reading public. Cassie is a former Biology turned Bridge teacher who finds dead bodies at the turn of a card. Although there are Bridge references in all six books non-Bridge playing readers need not worry that they will not be able to follow the plot as Susan Moody explains everything very cleverly. These books are very wittily written and are classic crime mysteries that will appeal to readers of traditional mysteries.”
September 2nd 2016
We are pleased to announce that we have acquired the rights to publish Janet Laurence‘s back catalogue of crime and mystery novels. Publisher Mike Linane said “It’s a real privilege for Williams & Whiting to be able to bring back into print and make available for the first time as e-books Janet’s crime fiction canon. We will begin in October with her stand alone mystery ‘To Kill The Past‘ which although set in modern day has a very gothic feel to it and is reminiscent of the works of Daphne Du Maurier. We follow this up with a trilogy of historical mysteries in which Italian vedute artist Antonio Canaletto comes to England looking for commissions – but with each commission invariably comes a dead body and a mystery for Canaletto to solve. Finally, this winter, we will embark on Janet’s 10 book culinary crime series featuring cordon bleu cook Darina Lisle. Cooking is the new black so what better than to combine it with crime mysteries? I am sure lovers of traditional mysteries will devour this series.”
August 16th 2016
Williams & Whiting are delighted to announce that we have obtained the publishing rights to Lisa Alabaksh‘s first book “it’s a case of having to my darlings” which is her autogbiographical account of love, loss, bereavement, grief and survival told by her real-time Facebook posts from the moment when her partner Denise Marshall told the world that she only had weeks to live. Williams & Whiting CEO Mike Linane said “It has been an honour for us to work with Lisa on preparing this book for publication. It is a book that will touch the heart and soul of everyone who reads it. Lisa has not shied away from revealing the rawest of her most painful moments and utter despair at the loss of Denise. She has survived this traumatic time in her life by always believing in the concept of Hahalala – a philosophy for life that she herself conceived. Heath and Happiness and Love and Laughter All. This really is a book that everyone who has suffered or is going through the trauma of bereavement should read.” It’s A Case of Having to My Darlings is available to buy via Amazon now. #hahalala
August 3rd 2016
Williams and Whiting are delighted to announce the signing of actor Adrian Burrows whose debut non-fiction book Escapades In Bizzarchaeology – an alternative, weird and wacky look at history – will be published in the autumn. Williams & Whiting CEO Mike Linane said “Escapades in Bizzarchaeology is the history book for people who don’t like history. Adrian has an orginal way of presenting history that makes the reader want to read and learn more. We hope this is the first of many books to come from Adrian.”
June 26th 2016
We are delighted to be launching our company by bringing back into print Susan Moody’s Penny Wanawake series. When orginally published in the 1980’s these books were an instant hit with readers and critics alike with Penny being the first black protagonist in crime fiction. She was unusual, original, a breath of fresh air and unlike any other heroine in crime fiction. Susan Moody has written introductions to each of the books explaining where her inspiration came from not only to create Penny but also the plot for each book.
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