S V Leonard

Canelo Crime set to publish two gripping crime thrillers by debut author S. V. Leonard

Assistant Editor Siân Heap has acquired World English Language rights to two new standalone crime novels by S. V. Leonard from Emily Glenister at D H H Literary Agency.

The Islanders is an unputdownable crime thriller featuring former police officer Kimberley King, who is selected for the hit dating show LoveWrecked. It’s the chance of a lifetime, but Kimberley quickly finds her island paradise becomes a nightmare and within hours, one of her fellow contestants is found dead. Then the announcement comes: one of the Islanders is a murderer and Kimberley must find out who, live on television. For every hour it takes her, one more person will die. 

S. V. Leonard grew up in the little coastal town of Formby, a suburb of Liverpool. She studied Classics at Oxford University and has been lucky enough to live in Australia, Poland and Malaysia. She is now based in London. The Islanders is her debut novel.

Siân Heap says: ‘I fell in love with The Islanders instantly. It’s the perfect page turner – pacy, gripping and a brilliant, unique combination of classic crime tropes and pop culture. It’s packed full of tension and drama with a colourful cast of suspects. Sarah has done such a fantastic job and I can’t wait for readers to discover The Islanders.’

S. V. Leonard says: ‘I'm so excited to have signed a two-book deal with the wonderful team at Canelo and to have an editor like Siân Heap. Siân's passion and enthusiasm for my debut, The Islanders, is a dream come true and it is such a privilege to be working with her to put my books into the hands of readers!’

Emily Glenister says: ‘The premise of Sarah’s debut is exceedingly clever and I was immediately hooked, so I’m delighted that it has found the perfect home at Canelo, whose passion and vision for the book is clear to see.’

The Islanders will be published by Canelo Crime in March 2021, in ebook and mass market paperback, with a second book to follow in early 2022. For more information please contact publicity@canelo.co