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Agents Specialising in Mystery

PO Box 475

Blackwood, SA SA 5051


  • Robert N. Stephenson

Specialises in science fiction and fantasy; also children's literature, mainstream literature, crime and mystery and action/adventure fiction (15%-20%).

Non-fiction material may be considered if queried first.

Founded 1997.
(8) 8278 5585
(8) 8278 5585

Estelle House
11 Eustace Road
London, SW6 1JB
United Kingdom


  • Darley Anderson (crime, mystery, thrillers, women's fiction)
  • Mary Darby (Head of Rights)
  • Camilla Wray (Crime, Thrillers, Women's)
  • Clare Wallace (Children's and YA)
  • Tanera Simon (Women's Fiction)
  • Rosanna Belingham (Finance)

The Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film AgencyThe Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency was founded in 1988 by ex-publisher Darley Anderson and is based in London with a regional office in the book town of Hay-on-Wye on the English/Welsh borders. Member of Association of Authors' Agents. was founded in 1988 by ex-publisher Darley Anderson and is based in London with a regional office in the book town of Hay-on-Wye on the English/Welsh borders.

Commission : 20% for film/TV/radio. Has an association with APA Talent & Literary Agency in Hollywood.

Accepts submissions for commercial fiction, including thrillers, mysteries, crime, horror, fantasy, accessible literary, romantic comedy, chick-lit, women in jeopardy, sagas and historicals.

For fiction, Darley Anderson only accepts paper submissions. Please send:

A query letter, including a brief biography
A one page synopsis
The first three chapters
A self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your manuscript

For non-fiction submissions, please send an email to

A query letter, including a brief biography and why you are 'qualified' to write the book
An outline of your proposal
The first three chapters or writing samples

Please note that they are not currently taking on new screenwriters, poets or short story writers.

Clients include Anne Baker, Alex Barclay, Constance Briscoe, Paul Carson, Chris Carter, Cathy Cassidy, Lee Child, Lisa Clark, Martina Cole, John Connolly, Jane Costello, Margaret Dickinson, Clare Dowling, Tana French, Milly Johnson, Joan Jonker, Danny King, Adrienne Kress, Patrick Lennon, Abi Oliver, Rani Manicka, Chris Mooney, Annie Murray, B A Paris, Lesley Pearse, Lynda Page, Adrian Plass, Sheila Quigley, Carmen Reid, Dave Rudden, Rebecca Shaw Estate, Peter Sheridan, Graeme Sims, Elizabeth Waite, Kate Wild, Ahmet Zappa.

Founded 1988.

Association of Authors' AgentsThe association of UK agents. Their website ( gives a Directory of Members and a code of practice, but no information about the agencies other than their names. The association refers visitors to the UK agent listings from The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook on the WritersServices site.
020-7385 6652
020-7386 5571

PO Box 33

Wayne, Pennsylvania PA 19087
United States


  • Frances Collin

Founded 1948; Specialisations of interest to UK writers: mysteries, women's fiction, history, biography, science fiction, fantasy.

No screenplays.

No unsolicited MSS. Letter queries must include sufficient IRCs. Works in conjunction with agents worldwide.

Successor to Marie Rodell-Frances Collin Literary Agency.

Frances Collin Literary Agent website

New York,
United States

Director / Contacts

  • Ali Albazaz (CEO)
  • Barbara Ivusic (Main agent for submissions)

We represent general and mainstream fiction. This includes, but is not limited to, romance, mystery, YA, sci-fi, and fantasy. We also accept submissions from authors, agents, and publishers who would like to self-publish an original title on eBook. We do not represent nonfiction titles.

Submission guidelines: Please e-mail a query letter which includes your credentials, an explanation of what makes your book unique, and a synopsis of your novel to

Overseas associates: Rebecca Friedman of the Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency, and Catherine Crawford, a New York City based publishing professional and author.

We represent:  Erin Swan, Lauren L. Garcia, Charlotte Reagan, Ryan Attard, Emily Ruben.

The agency was founded: 2016.

3419 Virginia Beach Blvd. #183

Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452
United States


  • Michelle Johnson, Founder/Literary Agent

Submission Guidelines:

We accept electronic submissions only. Please do not call the agency to query, or to inquire about querying. Do not use the postal service or any other snail mail service to mail your submissions.

To query, type “Query (Agent Name)” plus the title of your novel in the subject line, then please send the following pasted into the body of the e-mail to query(at)inklingsliterary(dot)com:

    A query letter that includes:

        The title, genre, and word count of your project.
        A brief blurb about the story.
        A brief bio including any publishing credits.
        The first 10 pages of your manuscript
        A brief synopsis (1-2 pages)

Your subject line should look like this (If you were querying Whitley and the name of your book is "One Thousand Ways to Drink Coffee"):

We will not open unsolicited attachments, so make sure you send all of the above pasted into the body of the email.

Our response time varies for queries, but the general response time is within 3 months for queries, and 4 months for manuscripts.

See for full details.

Overseas associates:
German and Scandinavian Sub Agent: Claudia Böhme Rights & Literary Agency

Hungarian Rights Sub Agent: Lex Copyright

Turkish Rights Sub Agent: AK©ALI AGENCY

Polish Rights Sub Agent: Book/lab Literary Agency

We represent: Sawyer Bennett, A. Meredith Walters, LS Hawker, Elliott James, Stacey Lynn, Anna Fields and more.

The agency was founded in January 2013.
(757) 340-1070
(904) 758-5440

47 East 19th Street

New York, NY 10003
United States


  • Robert Lescher

No unsolicited MSS; query first with sase.

No reading fee. Founded 1966.

Fiction Genres

  • Commercial
  • Juvenile
  • Literary
  • Mystery/Suspense
  • Thriller

Nonfiction Genres

  • Autobiography/Biography
  • Cookbooks
  • Current Affairs
  • Food/Nutrition/Lifestyle
  • History
  • Memoirs
  • Politics
  • Popular Culture
  • Psychology

No unsolicited MSS; query first with sase, or email. No reading fee.

Lescher Lescher Ltd website

42A Great Percy Street London
London, WC1X 9QR
United Kingdom


  • Madeleine Milburn

Reading fee yes

Who you represent

We represent Holly Bourne, Jenna Burtenshaw, Anne Cameron, Nuala Casey, C.J. Daugherty, Carrie Duffy, Carolyn Jess-Cooke, L.A. Jones, Victoria Fox, Emma Garcia, S.B. Hayes, Dave Lowe, Martel Maxwell, Lynda Page, J.J Salem, Cally Taylor, Anna-Lou Weatherley

The agency was founded in March 2012

AA member.
020 3602 6425
020 3602 6425

Rockefeller Center, 1270 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 2320
New York, NY 10020
United States


  • President Maria Carvainis,
  • Literary Agent Donna Bagdasarian

Currently Handles:

  • 34% nonfiction books
  • 65% novels
  • 1% poetry


Science/Technology (pop science)
Women's Issues/Studies
Does not want to receive science fiction or children's picture books.

Query with SASE
Responds in 1 week to queries.
Responds in 3 months to manuscripts.

Obtains 60% of new clients through recommendations from others and conferences; 40% from query letters.

Works in conjunction with foreign, TV and movie agents.
(212) 245.7196

50 Talmage Farm Lane

East Hampton, NY 11937
United States


  • Philip G. Spitzer: spitzer516(at)
  • Lukas Ortiz: lukas.ortiz(at)
  • Lucas Hunt: luc.hunt(at)

Our client list is currently full. However, if you have a project that you feel is absolutely a fit for one of us, or questions concerning our clients and their rights, we can be reached at the addresses show.

Our agency represents a wide variety of award winning authors whose work encompasses many genres; literary fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, narrative nonfiction, biography, sports, politics, the short story as well as film. Our writers have been translated into more than thirty languages and become bestsellers abroad as well as at home. It is our privilege to work with the most talented writers, editors, and publishers in the business.

303 West 18th Street

New York, NY 10011-4440
United States
  • Ralph Vicinanza

Fiction: Commercial and Literary, YA, Fantasy, Women's Fiction, Sci Fi, children's.

Non-fiction: history, business, science, biography, popular culture.

New clients by professional recommendation only. No unsolicited MSS.

Ralph M. Vicinanza Ltd website

2 Rudgwick Terrace
St. Stephens Close
London, NW8 6BR
United Kingdom


  • Director Samar Hammam

Rocking Chair Books is a literary agency focusing on literary fiction, upmarket commercial, and commercial fiction and general non-fiction for publication around the world. Our motto is a great story is a great story.

No reading fee.

We represent Brian Turner, Zena el Khalil, Lakambini Sitoy, Conflict Relief, Elle Symmonds.

Founded 2011

For submissions:
07809 461342

320 Central Park West
Suite 1-D
New York, NY 1002
United States


Founded 1976, and merged in 1978 with the agency founded by Lurton Blassingame in 1928.

Specialises in science fiction, fantasy, mystery/suspense, and romantic suspense.


Ryman's Cottages

Little Tew, Oxfordshire OX7 4JJ
United Kingdom


  • Peter Buckman
  • Anne-Marie Doulton

Literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. Contemporary and historical novels, crime, thrillers, women's fiction, memoirs, history and biography. No reading fee. Will suggest revision.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Send a covering email or letter and the first three chapters, plus a brief outline and biographical details.
  • Email submissions preferred. Send as Word file attachments. Please do not paste sample material into the body of your email. All pages should be numbered.
  • Postal submissions should be printed on one side of the paper, with a minimum font size of 11 point and 1.5 line spacing. All pages should be numbered.
  • Does not normally acknowledge receipt or offer advice on rejected material, nor will they respond unless you include an email address or an envelope with stamps that can be used in the UK.


  • home 15%,
  • USA 15%-20%,
  • translation 20%

Enquiries by email to

Founded 2003.
(01608) 683677
(01608) 683449

548 Broadway
Suite 5E
New York, NY 10012
United States

President Agent

  • Ethan Ellenberg

Fiction and non-fiction (home 15%, overseas 20%). Commercial fiction: thrillers, mysteries, children's, romance, women's, ethnic, science fiction, fantasy and general fiction; also literary fiction with a strong narrative. Non-fiction: current affairs, health, science, psychology, cookbooks, new age, spirituality, pop-culture, adventure, true crime, biography and memoir.

No scholarly works, poetry, short stories or screenplays.

Association of Authors' Representatives

The website of the American agents’ association ( offers a list of members, suggested points to raise with an agent who offers to represent you, and some further guidance on the author/agent relationship.

101 rue Raymond-Losserand

Paris, 75014

Director / Contact

  • Alexandra LEFEBVRE

We represent literary fiction, quality commercial fiction, thrillers, suspense, children and young adult fiction, biographies and a few non fiction works.

We don't represent horror, Sci Fi and poetry.

Overseas associates:
Forlagid Rights Agency (Iceland), Penguin NZ (New Zealand), Magvetö Kiado (Hungary), Poisoned Pen Press (US) and a few others

Submission guidelines:
The Parisian Agency is specializing in translation rights. We represent foreign authors on behalf of literary agencies or publishing houses in France and in some cases in other European countries. We are mainly interested in a collaboration with foreign agencies or publishing companies.

However, we accept to consider the works of self-published authors as far as they are written in English. A query should include a brief author bio, a synopsis of the book, and the opening chapters. 

All queries should be made via email.

We represent:
Gudrún Eva Mínervudóttir, Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir, Natalie King, Alix Bosco, Vasanti Unka, László Csabai, Benedek Totth, Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl,Gyrðir Elíasson, Ottar Martin Norðfjörð, Bárður Oskarsson, George Sims, Priscilla Royal, Jeffrey Siger...

The agency was founded in 2010.

The Parisian Agency website
(+33) 1 45 39 68 14