Saturday, 13 January 2018

Harper Collins Japan to publish IN THE BLOOD

I'm very excited to share with you the cover design for the Japanese language translation of IN THE BLOOD, the first book in my Jefferson Tayte Genealogy Mystery series, which is due to be released by Harper Collins Japan in February.

Because things don't always translate well from one language to another, the title has changed for the Japanese market. The lettering on the cover says 'A Secret of the Family', which I think sums up what the story is about very well. Harper Collins said: 'The reason is that the story develops around a secret of one family, which has been kept for several hundred years.' It was also chosen because 'Japanese readers tend to like dark and mysterious histories of a family.' IN THE BLOOD is certainly that.

I really like the cover design. It speaks of the past, and of old documents, and I've also just heard that the book will include a map or Cornwall where the story is set, and a Fairborne family tree. I can't wait to see a copy.

From the back cover:
Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.

In the Blood combines a centuries-old mystery with a present-day thriller that brings two people from opposite sides of the Atlantic together to uncover a series of carefully hidden crimes. Tayte's research centres around the tragic life of a young Cornish girl, a writing box, and the discovery of a dark secret that he believes will lead him to the family he is looking for. Trouble is, someone else is looking for the same answers and will stop at nothing to find them.