Washington Post: With over 200 color and black-and-white illustrations, six appendixes and nearly 1,000 annotations, this edition of “Frankenstein” is a cornucopia of background information … Klinger’s edition allows readers to understand the complexities of the novel as well as the difficulties endured by its author. Only then can one be truly inspired by Mary Shelley’s genius and her bravery.
As Charlotte Pitt’s grandmother Mariah Ellison finds herself investigating a long-unsolved slaying, it becomes clear that grappling with intrigue and foul play runs in the family. A festive Christmas package left on Mariah’s doorstep contains an ominous present, sparking memories of a twenty-year-old murder that shattered her friendship with the victim’s widow. Though the gift is a bitter reminder of that tragic time, in the spirit of the season Mariah travels to Surrey in hopes of reconciling with her estranged friend and solving the crime that drove them apart.
On arrival, Mariah joins forces with the murdered man’s grandson, a sleuth in his own right who’s discovered promising evidence as well as a suspect. But Surrey’s picturesque hills conceal dark doings and shocking revelations that could make the holiday anything but calm and bright.
Decked with intrigue and trimmed with Yuletide spirit, A Christmas Return is a holiday treat wrapped in the glorious storytelling talents of the reigning master of Victorian mystery.
From the Edgar Award winning annotator Leslie S. Klinger (The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes), a volume of five classic crime novels of the 1920’s, with annotations and illustrations in a deluxe edition, to Claiborne Hancock at Pegasus Books, via Donald Maass.
Audio rights to World Fantasy, Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor’s AKATA WITCH, to Hayley Marshall at Tantor Audio, at auction, in a three-book deal, by Katie Shea Boutillier.
Bulgarian rights to Nnedi Okorafor’s WHO FEARS DEATH, to Prozoretz, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.
Brazilian rights to Nnedi Okorafor’s AKATA WITCH, to Galera, in a three-book deal, by Cristina Purchio of International Editors’ in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.
Hebrew rights to Nebula-nominated Martha Wells’ ALL SYSTEMS RED, the first installment in The Murderbot Diaries, to Nova Press, by Beverley Levit at The Book Publishers Association of Israel in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.
French rights to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s ETCHED IN BONE, Book 5 of the Others series, and to LAKE SILENCE, a stand alone novel in the world of the Others, to Bragelonne, by Anna Jarota and Juliana Miasso at Anna Jarota Agency in association with Jennifer Jackson.
Czech rights to USA Today bestselling author Kaira Rouda’s BEST DAY EVER, to Dobrovsky, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.
From NY Times best-seller Brent Weeks, hardcover volume rights to his previously e-published novella Perfect Shadow, together with the short story I, Knight Angel, to Brit Hvid at Orbit Books/Hachette, via Donald Maass.
From fantasy and science fiction author J.C. Bedford, a third volume in her Rowankind fantasy series, following Winterwood (2016) and Silverwolf (2017), to Sheila Gilbert at DAW Books, via Donald Maass.
New York Times: Okorafor invents wild, fantastical creatures and world, but she’s got an even rarer gift, too: She can describe the effect of using magic—the emotional and physiological repercussions of it—so viscerally, it’s as if it were a fever we’d contracted ourselves.
Okorafor describes Sunny’s moments of anguish beautifully, as well as her feelings of kinship and wonder. This is a novel about a girl who’s just trying to find her place in the world, even when she’s called upon to save it.
From Hugo and Nebula award winning author Nnedi Okorafor, an original five-comic series about strange things unearthed at LaGuardia airport, to Karen Berger at Dark Horse, via Donald Maass.