Canelo set to publish three psychological thrillers from J.M. Hewitt

April 27, 2023

Commissioning editor Siân Heap has acquired World English Language rights to three new psychological thrillers by J.M. Hewitt from Laetitia Rutherford at Watson, Little.

If nobody knows who you really are, then can someone get away with your murder? In The Crew, Ella returns to working on the superyacht Ananke after a tragedy the previous summer where one of the deckhands, Ashley, died in an accident. Ashley was bright, capable and confident. Everyone on the crew is distraught after her death. But everything Ashley told them was a lie, and as the Ananke sets sail again, it becomes clear that nothing about last summer was what it seemed… 

J.M. Hewitt is the author of eight crime fiction novels. Her work has also been published in three short story anthologies. Her writing combines the complexity of human behaviour with often enchanting settings. In contrast to the sometimes dark content of her books, she lives a very nice life in a seaside town in Suffolk with her dog, Marley. 

Siân Heap says: ‘I’m so thrilled to have another three psychological thrillers from Jeanette. She always delivers a claustrophobic atmosphere, luxury combined with relatability, and tantalising moral questions with her excellent eye for character and relationships. I’m so excited to be working with her and for readers to be immersed in her wonderful stories once again!’ 

J.M. Hewitt says: ‘I am utterly delighted to be signing with Canelo for another three-book deal. Siân is a dream editor with incredible finesse for fine tuning, and I’m so looking forward to working together on these next three novels. I can’t wait for my readers to join The Crew as they board superyacht Ananke, where, amongst the sunshine and the luxury, dark secrets and obsession lurks.’

Laetitia Rutherford says: ‘These are three bold character-driven novels from Jeanette full of her characteristic twists and surprise reveals, each with a brilliant setting. We’re so pleased to continue to reach more new readers with Canelo.’

The Crew will be published in October 2023 in ebook and paperback with two further psychological thrillers to follow in 2024. For more information please contact