Hera set to publish glamorous, original time-slip crime series by bestselling author, Lisa Hall

May 05, 2023

Hera Publisher, Keshini Naidoo, has acquired World English Language rights to a mystery series set in the Golden Age of Hollywood by Lisa Hall from Lisa Moylett at Coombs Moylett Maclean in a two-book deal. 

The first book in the series, The Mysterious Double Death of Honey Black sees would-be film producer Lily Jones far from her Los Angeles movie dreams as she finds a job as a chambermaid at the world-renowned Beverly Hills Hotel. But when a freak accident transports her back into 1949, she’s plunged into the technicolour world of Hollywood’s Golden Age; a time of femme fatales, chiselled movie heroes and multiple martinis at lunchtime… While she gets to grips with existing in a place that she’s only ever seen in old movies, she quickly becomes embroiled in the mysterious death of rising starlet Honey Black. Can she solve a decades-old infamous murder, find Honey’s killer and get back to her own time?

Keshini Naidoo says: ‘From the first page, I could not put down The Mysterious Double Death of Honey Black. This timeslip mystery is unlike anything I’ve read in years and marks a huge and exciting departure for Lisa Hall - a writer I’ve long been an admirer of. There is so much colour and sumptuous detail about Hollywood’s Golden Age in this novel, married to a compelling, twisty and satisfying mystery that readers are going to adore. I am so proud and excited that Hera will be launching the Hotel Hollywood series later in 2023 and can’t wait for readers to start solving the secret of who killed Honey Black!’

Lisa Hall says: ‘I am utterly thrilled to be working with the team at Hera Books to bring Honey Black to readers – Honey has found her perfect home. Keshini’s passion and enthusiasm for the novel blew me away, and I am beyond excited to be working with her.’

Lisa Moylett added: ‘I love what Hera do, they are a fabulous publisher and I think we have found the perfect home for Lisa’s brilliant new series. Lisa is such a talented writer, she has a vivid imagination and is one of the finest story tellers I have ever worked with.’

The Mysterious Double Death of Honey Black will be published in September 2023, in simultaneous paperback original and ebook, with the next book in the series to follow in August 2024. For more information, please contact publicity@canelo.co