Canelo Crime sign new novels from Scottish crime fiction star Marion Todd

July 20, 2022

Publishing Director Louise Cullen has acquired World English Language rights to further novels in the bestselling DI Clare Mackay series from Fife-based author Marion Todd, in a three-book deal with Hannah Weatherill at Northbank Talent Management. This marks the third recent announcement of deals for Scottish crime fiction on the Canelo Crime list, following the acquisition of books by Heather Critchlow and Lynne McEwan. 

Marion Todd’s success began with Bloody Scotland Scottish Debut Crime award-nominated novel See Them Run in 2019 – a title that has now sold more than 100,000 copies – since then, the DI Clare Mackay books have rapidly become a firm favourite with Tartan Noir fans. With the sixth book in the series, Old Bones Lie, recently published to a brilliant reception – including praise from Neil Lancaster, Douglas Skelton and G. R. Halliday – the news of further books will be welcomed by Todd’s eager fanbase of readers and booksellers.    

A native of Dundee, Marion Todd studied music and worked for many years as a piano teacher and jobbing accompanist. Now a full-time writer, Marion lives in North-east Fife, overlooking the River Tay. She is a member of the Caledonia Crime Collective founded by several Scottish crime writers to champion crime writing from the region. 

Louise Cullen says: ‘Marion is a delight to work with, and an author I not only admire for her talent, but also for her professionalism and commitment to ensuring Scottish-set crime fiction gets the recognition it deserves. I can think of nothing more exciting than the prospect of adding more DI Clare Mackay novels to the Canelo Crime list. We are proud of the achievements for the books so far and see this as a brilliant opportunity to take Marion’s publishing to the next level.’

Marion Todd says: ‘I’m so excited to be continuing the Detective Clare Mackay crime series with Canelo. The whole team have been a dream to work with and I can’t wait to start throwing some more rocks at Clare and her colleagues.’

Hannah Weatherill says: ‘We’re thrilled that Canelo will continue to publish Marion’s brilliant DI Clare Mackay series. Marion has fast become a staple of the Scottish crime scene and, with Canelo’s ambitious plans, we’re sure the series will continue to go from strength to strength.’

The seventh book in the DI Clare Mackay series will be published in June 2023 in ebook and mass market paperback. 

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