Canelo scoop Victorian crime caper series from M.R.C. Kasasian

December 01, 2022

Commissioning Editor Kit Nevile has acquired World English rights to a historical crime thriller series by M.R.C. Kasasian, from Ed Wilson at Johnson & Alcock, in a three-book deal. 

Set in Victorian England, The Horror of Haglin House is a fresh take on the classic crime genre, following the adventures of thriller writer Lady Violet Thorn – along with her protagonist, the plucky Ruby Gibson – as they endeavour to solve the mystery behind a slew of deaths in the market town of Montford.

M.R.C. Kasasian is the bestselling author of the Gower Street Detective series. He was raised in Lancashire, and has had careers as varied as factory hand, dentist and fairground worker. He lives with his wife, in Suffolk in the summer and in Malta in the winter. 

Kit Nevile says: ‘The Horror of Haglin House is both riotously entertaining and thrillingly unique. Featuring one of the most engaging and ingenious protagonist duos I’ve had the chance to work with in Violet and Ruby, this is an absolute gift to the world of crime fiction, and will surely be a total hit!

M.R.C. Kasasian says: ‘I’m delighted to be joining Kit at Canelo with my whole new cast of characters and a series of adventures planned. Happy to be back in the Victorian era where, without modern scientific aids, Lady Violet has to rely on her own wits and courage to catch a ruthless serial killer.’

Ed Wilson says: ‘“M.R.C. Kasasian has already proved himself to be one the sharpest, wittiest crime writers around. The Horror of Haglin House showcases his talents perfectly: both as a master of the detective genre, and a truly original writer in any genre. This is the book his thousands of fans have been waiting for since we saw the last of the Gower Street Detective.”

The Horror of Haglin House will be published in June 2023, in MMP and ebook, with a second book to follow in April 2024, and the third in February 2025. For more information please contact