Lynne McEwan acquisition announcement

Canelo Crime sign Scottish detective series

Publishing director Louise Cullen has acquired World English Language rights to a new police procedural series by Lynne McEwan from Anne Williams at Kate Hordern Literary Agency in a two-book deal.

In Dark Water introduces DI Shona Oliver, whose volunteer work as an RNLI crew member sees her recover a woman’s body from the Solway Firth – a body of water with a shore in Scotland and another in England. The police in Cumbria take the case, but when evidence suggests the unidentified female had ties to Shona’s patch in Dumfries she’s pulled into the investigation. Her glad-handing boss wants her to drop it, but Shona learns of a network of criminal activity that links to wrongdoing and cover ups right to the top. As she attempts to find justice, her career and family life hang in the balance as she risks everything to reveal the truth.

Glasgow-born Lynne McEwan is a former newspaper photographer turned crime author. She’s covered stories including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first Gulf War in addition to many high profile murder cases. She currently lives in Lincoln and is in the final year of an MA in Crime Fiction at the University of East Anglia.

Louise Cullen says: ‘As soon as I heard the premise for In Dark Water, I was desperate to get my hands on it. Once I did, I could not put it down! A detective who volunteers for the RNLI is a stroke of genius on Lynne’s part, as the icy waters Shona knows so well bring her an abundance of drama on top of her day job. Add to that the atmospheric Dumfries setting, and cross-border complexities of a location so close to England, and there are many opportunities to establish a riveting, unique crime series. I can’t wait to bring DI Shona Oliver to a huge number of crime fiction readers.’

Lynne McEwan says: ‘I'm thrilled to be signing this two-book deal with Canelo and particularly pleased to be working with such a talented and experienced editor as Louise Cullen. I hope readers will love DI Shona Oliver as much as I do and be excited and enthralled by her investigations in this wonderful part of Scotland.'

Anne Williams says: 'Lynne McEwan's crime writing is packed with atmosphere, empathy and tension, the world of her heroine, Shona Oliver, a pleasure to inhabit as a reader. I'm so pleased this wonderful new writer is set to find many fans via Canelo's impressive new crime imprint in 2021.'

In Dark Water will be published in June 2021 in ebook and mass market paperback, followed by  audiobook, with the second DI Shona Oliver novel to follow in spring 2022. For more information please contact