Canelo set to publish Peak District detective novels from crime author Alex Walters

Canelo set to publish Peak District detective novels from crime author Alex Walters

Editorial director Louise Cullen has acquired World English Language rights to a new crime series by Alex Walters from Peter Buckman at Ampersand Agency in a two-book deal. 

The DI Annie Delamere novels are set in the Peak District and the first novel, Small Mercies, opens with the discovery of a mutilated body on the vast, open moorlands. While Annie investigates she is torn between work and home as her partner, an MP, is being targeted by a violent far right group.The second book in the series is due for release in autumn 2020.

Alex Walters has published thirteen previous novels including the DI Alec McKay series set around the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands where Alex lives. 

Louise Cullen says: ‘As soon as I read the first chapter of Small Mercies I knew it was something special. Alex’s ability to find the tension in each moment is first rate and DI Annie Delamere commands attention in every scene. Add to that some seriously sinister locals, the beauty and wildness of the Peak District and a less-than-usual family life and it makes for a compelling and memorable new series. I cannot wait for readers to meet Annie.’

Alex Walters says: ‘I'm delighted to be working with Canelo on this new series set in and around Derbyshire and the Peak District. I've long wanted to write a crime series located in the area where I've spent much of my life, drawing on the diversity of a region that ranges from the spectacular landscapes of the national park to former mining towns and urban backstreets. Canelo have provided tremendous support in helping me bring this idea to life and establish a new and exciting cast of characters.’

Peter Buckman says: ‘Mike Walters was one of my earliest clients when I set up The Ampersand Agency, and his early novels were sold to Quercus. Then came a change of name and Mike, now known as Alex, went off to Avon. Many books later, he has landed at Canelo with a brilliant new series that shows his powers of imagination, atmospheric description, and nerve-tingling narrative pace have only improved with the years.’

Small Mercies will be published in May 2020, in ebook. For more information please contact