Historia, a new Level Best Imprint, launches with the U.S. release of the Charlotte Frayne Mysteries by Maureen Jennings

Level Best Books is pleased to announce that we have obtained the U.S. publishing rights to the first two books in the Paradise Café series, written by the wonderful Maureen Jennings. The first in the series, Heat Wave, will be released in the United States under the Level Best Books Historia imprint on January 1, 2020. The second in the series, November Rain, will be released in November of 2020. The U.S. rights to the first two books in the Paradise Café series were acquired from Marc Côté at Cormorant Books.

Best known for the Detective Murdoch books, which have been adapted into the long-running television series, Murdoch Mysteries, she is also the author of the Tom Tyler and Christine Morris books.

Maureen Jennings was born in the UK and now lives in Toronto with her husband, photographer Iden Ford, and her dog, Murdoch.

Maureen Jennings
(photo credit: Scarlet Page)
It’s July 1936 and Toronto is under a record-breaking heat wave. Charlotte Frayne is the junior associate in a two-person private investigation firm, owned by T. Gilmore. Two events set the book’s plot in motion: an anti-Semitic hate letter is delivered to Gilmore, who up to now has not acknowledged his religion, and Hilliard Taylor, a veteran of the First World War requests the firm’s assistance in uncovering what he believes is systematic embezzlement of the Paradise Café, which he owns and operates with three other men, all of whom were prisoners of war. The two events, although seemingly completely unrelated, come together in this wonderful novel that brings to life characters who are as real to the reader as those of the Detective Murdoch series.

We are actively seeking mysteries, thrillers, and crime fiction novels that take place in any time period up to the 1950s for our Historia imprint.

To send us your manuscripts for consideration, please visit our submissions page.