Pseudonymous Swedish author Tim Davys' first novel AMBERVILLE, both a plot-twisting noir and a meditation on good and evil, featuring a highly unusual cast of stuffed animals (and no human characters) -- some of whom come to realize that their seemingly benign world is far from fluffy, to Alison Callahan at Harper, in a pre-empt, by Susanna Einstein at LJK Literary Management (world; excluding Swedish).and from The Bookseller Digital Daily at Frankfurt:
Jane Wood at Quercus has done her first deal with her daughter Caroline Wood at the Felicity Bryan Agency. Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker is the first in a series of crime novels in the style of Alexander McCall Smith, set in rural France. Wood bought UK and Commonwealth rights exc Canada.
She also snapped up a début crime novel from historian Shona Maclean. The Redemption of Alexander Seaton is set in 16th-century Scotland and is narrated by a fallen priest. Wood bought UK and Commonwealth rights exc Canada in two books from Judith Murray at Greene & Heaton, and will publish in July 2008.