Viper and publishing director Miranda Jewess have acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights of Oskar Jensen’s HELLE AND DEATH and sequel from Joanna Swainson. HELLE AND DEATH is set to be published in January 2024.

Amateur sleuth and art historian Torben Helle finds himself at a 10-year university reunion in a Northumbrian mansion. ‘At the dinner table their host, a reclusive and irritating tech entrepreneur, makes some shocking revelations. And when these are followed by an apparent suicide, the group faces a test of their wits… and their trust.’

Miranda Jewess says ‘Oskar is a bright new talent in crime fiction, and I know that readers are going to love Torben Helle.’

Jensen is ‘thrilled to be entering this nest of vipers…Joanna has found the perfect match for my work: we’ve clicked on every level, from big concept to obscurer reference points.’

This ‘wonderfully modern and meta’ mystery will be out in January 2024.