Pan Macmillan acquires a new standalone crime novel by Lucinda Riley

The Murders at Fleat House, a standalone crime novel by the bestselling author Lucinda Riley will be published in May 2022.

11/10/2021
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Pan Macmillan has acquired The Murders at Fleat House, a standalone crime novel by the multi-million copy bestselling author Lucinda Riley. The book was written before Lucinda Riley died earlier this year.

Jeremy Trevathan, Managing Director of Pan Macmillan’s adult division, acquired UK and Commonwealth including Canada rights from Stephen Riley. The Murders at Fleat House will be published in hardback in May 2022 as part of a global publication with Riley’s publishers in translation.

A masterful, page-turning crime novel, the book opens with the sudden death of a pupil in Fleat House at St Stephen’s, a small private boarding school in deepest Norfolk. It is a shocking event that the headmaster is keen to call a tragic accident. But the local police cannot rule out foul play and the case prompts the return of high-flying Detective Inspector Jazmine ‘Jazz’ Hunter to the force. Jazz has her own private reasons for stepping away from her police career in London, but reluctantly agrees to front the investigation as a favour to her old boss. But a particularly grim discovery at the school makes this the most challenging murder investigation of her career, because Fleat House hides secrets darker than Jazz could ever have imagined.

Lucinda Riley has sold forty million copies worldwide, and her books have been translated into thirty-seven languages. The Missing Sister was a Sunday Times number one bestseller when published in May 2021, and Pan Macmillan has sold more than 300,000 copies across first format editions.

Jeremy Trevathan said:

‘It's a great joy, though poignant indeed, to discover a manuscript after Lucinda had died that more than confirmed what we all knew: that she was a consummate storyteller and writer. This novel reveals that Lucinda could have made a name for herself in the crime fiction community. Her many fans will find much in this novel that resonates with everything they loved about The Seven Sisters.’

Lucy Hale, Publisher at Pan, commented: 

‘We at Pan are so proud to be Lucinda’s publisher and The Murders at Fleat House illustrates yet again what a wonderful storyteller Lucinda is.  This novel will be we warmly received by all her fans and many more.’

Stephen Riley added: 

‘Given the delay to the publication of Book 8 of The Seven Sisters series, Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt, currently being completed by Lucinda’s son Harry Whittaker, her family hope to delight readers around the globe with this announcement. Written after her youngest children had started school in 2004, The Murders at Fleat House is the only crime novel Lucinda ever penned. The Norfolk boarding school and landscape featured were heavily inspired by Lucinda’s own life at that time, and she was incredibly proud of the project. We are excited to be able to bring forward the planned publication of the novel as her readers eagerly anticipate the epic conclusion to The Seven Sisters series.’


More about Lucinda Riley

Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland and, after an early career as an actress in film, theatre and television, wrote her first book aged twenty-four. Her books have been translated into thirty-seven languages and sold almost forty million copies worldwide. She was a Sunday Times and New York Times number one bestseller.

Lucinda’s The Seven Sisters series, which tells the story of adopted sisters and is inspired by the mythology of the famous star cluster, has become a global phenomenon. The series is a number one bestseller across the world and is currently in development with a major TV production company.

Though she brought up her four children mostly in Norfolk in England, in 2015 Lucinda fulfilled her dream of buying a remote farmhouse in West Cork, Ireland, which she always felt was her spiritual home, and indeed this was where her last five books were written. Lucinda was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and died in June 2021.


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The Murders at Fleat House

by Lucinda Riley

Book cover for The Murders at Fleat House

The Murders at Fleat House is a suspenseful and utterly compelling crime novel from the multi-million copy global bestseller, Lucinda Riley.

The sudden death of a pupil in Fleat House at St Stephen’s – a small private boarding school in deepest Norfolk – is a shocking event that the headmaster is very keen to call a tragic accident. But the local police cannot rule out foul play and the case prompts the return of high-flying Detective Inspector Jazmine ‘Jazz’ Hunter to the force. 

Jazz begins to probe the circumstances surrounding Charlie Cavendish’s tragic death, but events soon take another troubling turn when Charlie is exposed as an arrogant bully, giving those around him a motive to switch the drugs he took daily to control his epilepsy.

As staff at the school close ranks, the disappearance of another young pupil and the death of an elderly Classics master provide Jazz with important leads, but as snow covers the landscape and another suspect goes missing, Jazz must also confront her personal demons . . .