Masterman’s newest book: rave review from NYT

January 15, 2015

Mastermans newest book: rave review from NYT

Janet Maslin of The New York Times loves Becky Masterman’s second Brigid Quinn novel Fear The Darkness as much as she loved her debut Rage Against The Dying!

Maslin writes, “Fear the Darkness” [is] another strong display of the author’s ingenuity. This novel is no replay of the first….

“Ms. Masterman once again shows herself to be an expert manipulator of readers’ expectations. She also slyly changes the way some of her characters are perceived as the story moves along, and she’s particularly good at slipping those changes past notice.

“As for where she’s ready to take this carefully constructed book, her research gives the best answer: She has consulted experts in drowning, toxicology, radiology, pacemaker identification, clean sheet maggots, forensics, guns, martial arts, the logistics of mass homicide and the society fund-raiser. As for how she knows about Arizona’s $10,000 fine for killing a cactus, she’s not saying.”

Congratulations, Becky! See Maslin’s full review here.

Winter Siege out today in UK

October 9, 2014

Winter Siege out today in UKWe are excited it is finally launch day for the last remarkable novel from Ariana Franklin, left incomplete at the time of her death, now finished by her daughter Samantha Norman.

It’s 1141 and freezing cold. Gwil, a battle-hardened mercenary, watches in horror as a little girl with red hair is dragged away by his own men. Caught in the middle of the fight for England she is just one more victim in a winter of atrocities. 

But a strange twist of fate brings them together again. Gwil finds the girl close to death, clutching a sliver of parchment – and he knows what he must do. He will bring her back to life. He will train her to fight. And together, they will hunt down the man who did this to her.

But danger looms wherever they turn. As castle after castle falls victim to siege, the icy Fens ring with rumours of a madman, of murder – and of a small piece of parchment the cost of which none of them could have imagined . . .

Click here and go to “buying options” to check out where Winter Siege is available. Coming soon to the US!

For all related news, follow Samantha Norman on Twitter, @Samnorman013, and become a fan on Goodreads.

Winter Siege is published by Transworld.

More top news for bestselling hit The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

October 6, 2014

More top news for bestselling hit The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

Word-of-mouth hit and debut novel The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi is #6 on The Globe & Mail National first-run fiction list this week. Congratulations, Nadia! 
Follow all of Nadia’s writing news by following her on Twitter @NadiaHashimi, on her website,, or on Goodreads.

Our Book Sale, Evening Edition – Wednesday October 1st

September 22, 2014

Our Book Sale, Evening Edition   Wednesday October 1st

Toronto Book Sale in Support of Frontier College

September 3, 2014

Toronto Book Sale in Support of Frontier College

VISIONS tops Globe & Mail Bestseller Lists

September 2, 2014

VISIONS tops Globe & Mail Bestseller ListsCongratulations Kelley ArmstrongVisions, the second of the Cainsville novels, debuted at #4 on the Globe & Mail Bestseller list and #1 on the Canadian list

Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most…

Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.

Check out full info and purchase details here.

You can stay up-to-date on all of Kelley’s news by following her on Twitter @KelleyArmstrong.


Labour Day Weekend #bookbundle giveaway!

August 21, 2014

Labour Day Weekend #bookbundle giveaway!We’ve got North American Labour Day weekend coming up (Aug 30 – Sept 1, 2014) and no doubt there will be lots of reading recommendations coming your way online. We’ve done the work for you with three fantastic novels out this summer – No Safe House, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and The Devil On Her Tongue – yours to win from @TheHHAgency!


The two steps to win:

- RT this tweet
- Email us at with your answers
to the questions below (Subject line: “Labour Day Weekend #bookbundle giveaway”)

We will be making a random selection from all correct giveaway entries at 12pm EST on Monday, August 25. One lucky winner will be set for a weekend of sensational reading!

Thanks for participating, good luck and enjoy these bestsellers…



1. What is the name of the character who narrates No Time For Goodbye and who reappears to narrate No Safe House?

2. What does this character do for a living?

NADIA HASHIMIThe Pearl That Broke its Shell

3.  Where in the world is The Pearl That Broke Its Shell set?

4. What is the meaning of the term ‘bacha posh’?

LINDA HOLEMANThe Devil On Her Tongue

5. What Canadian city is Linda originally from?

6. What was the title of Linda’s first book?

NO SAFE HOUSE #1 on Globe & Mail New Fiction List

August 18, 2014

NO SAFE HOUSE #1 on Globe & Mail New Fiction ListWell done to thriller mastermind Linwood Barclay on moving to the top of The Globe and Mail new fiction bestseller list this weekend.

We also wanted to share this great video created recently by Loading Doc Productions featuring Linwood Barclay in conversation with longtime agent Helen Heller. Learn about the books that first gripped Linwood as a reader and enjoy an interesting discussion about how great television now challenges novelists to up their game.

For more info about Linwood go to or follow him on Twitter @linwood_barclay. You can also follow us at the agency: @TheHHAgency. Follow us on Twitter between August 18-22 to win a copy of the bestselling No Safe House

Congratulations to Linwood!

Two clients on the Canadian Fiction Bestseller List

July 16, 2014

Two clients on the Canadian Fiction Bestseller List

Two clients on the Canadian Fiction Bestseller List

Congrats to both Linwood Barclay and Linda Holeman who are listed on the Canadian Fiction bestsellers this week! A Tap on the Window and The Devil on her Tongue are available for purchase in bookstores and online. For more info on author appearances and news, follow Linwood (@linwood_barclay) and Linda (@LindaHoleman) on Twitter.





Linda Holeman’s The Devil on her Tongue out this week!

June 25, 2014

Linda Holemans The Devil on her Tongue out this week!We’re pleased to announce that the spectacular new book from Linda Holeman is out this week from Random House Canada!

The Devil on her Tongue is a spellbinding story of loss, romance and betrayal set in 18th-century Portugal.

Diamantina is 13 when her father, a Dutch sailor, abandons her and her African-born mother and sets off for the New World. Unbaptized, tainted by her mother’s witchcraft and her foreign blood, the girl is an outcast who seems doomed in her struggle to survive. Diamantina’s odyssey to change her life is a sweeping narrative of starvation and plenty, cruelty and love, disaster and triumph.

Says Holeman about this particular writing journey, “I didn’t know I was going to write this novel set in Portugal until I was travelling through it. For me, the joy in exploring a country is to have few plans, instead traversing its roads and exploring its cities and towns and countryside without expectations, looking, listening, tasting, touching… It was a place of peace and wonder, with only the smell of the ocean, the soft taste of the salty wind on my lips, and the evocative sound of seabirds circling restlessly overhead. I felt a kind of reverence as I stared at the sea… and in those moments the first nudging images of my next story came to me.”

To learn more about the novel, watch the video here, narrated by Linda herself. Keep up-to-date with more book news and events on Twitter, @LindaHoleman, or via Linda’s blog on Goodreads.

Linda will be reading at IFOA Weekly on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM along with fellow authors Emma Healey and Tom Rachman. For more information, please click here.


A day with Loading Doc – a few pics

June 23, 2014

Linwood and Eva

Just over a week ago, we had a very eventful day here at the Helen Heller Agency as we filmed interviews with some of our fantastic clients! Keep an eye on our Youtube channel (TheHHAgency) for great clips from Linwood Barclay, Eva Stachniak, Linda Holeman, and us here at the Agency as we discuss contrasts and comparisons in genres, the author/agent relationship, and how publicity is changing in the publishing industry. Check our website and Twitter for updates!

Many thanks to the talented guys at Loading Doc and to our authors for their energy and time. We can’t wait to see the final results!

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“TAP” #2 best-selling paperback, UK Sunday Times

June 9, 2014

TAP #2 best selling paperback, UK Sunday TimesLinwood Barclay’s riveting A Tap on the Window (Orion, 2014) has hit the no. 2 spot in the UK Sunday Times best-selling paperbacks list.

Congratulations, Linwood!

Follow Linwood on Twitter, @LinwoodBarclay, and click here for news on Linwood’s upcoming thriller, No Safe House.

Rage Against The Dying shortlisted once more

May 22, 2014

Rage Against The Dying shortlisted once moreBecky Masterman’s acclaimed debut crime novel Rage Against The Dying has been shortlisted for an Anthony Award For Best First Novel. Congratulations to Becky!

Follow Becky Masterman on Twitter for news updates and details on her next book! @mastermanbecky

Nadia Hashimi’s debut novel out now

May 7, 2014

Nadia Hashimis debut novel out nowKhaled Hosseini is calling Nadia Hashimi’s The Pearl That Broke Its Shell “A tender and beautiful family story. Her always engaging multigenerational tale is a portrait of Afghanistan in all of its perplexing, enigmatic glory, and a mirror into the still ongoing struggles of Afghan women.”

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell is now available where books are sold and online. For more information go to

Connect with Nadia on Twitter for news and updates! @NadiaHashimi



Sea of Shadows on NY Times bestseller list

April 23, 2014

Sea of Shadows on NY Times bestseller list Congratulations to Kelley Armstrong, who returns to the NY Times bestseller list with the debut of Sea of Shadows, Book 1 of her latest YA series, the epic fantasy trilogy THE AGE OF LEGENDS.

For more info, go to



EMPRESS and BURNABLE part of Du Jour’s “8 new gripping novels” list

March 24, 2014

EMPRESS and BURNABLE part of Du Jours 8 new gripping novels list EMPRESS and BURNABLE part of Du Jours 8 new gripping novels list We’re delighted that Eva Stachniak’s second Catherine the Great novel Empress of the Night and Bruce Holsinger’s debut historical novel A Burnable Book are included on Nancy Bilyeau’s list of riveting novels to check out this season. You can purchase both novels anywhere books are sold, and online! Click author names above for more info, or follow our authors on Twitter: @EvaStachniak and @BruceHolsinger Congrats to both!


February 24, 2014


Bruce Holsinger’s debut novel A Burnable Book is now on sale in the US, UK and Canada!

Go to to see where to purchase! Bruce’s new website also features an amazing map, background on the complex character that was John Gower and everything else you need to know about Geoffrey Chaucer’s London in the late 14th century.

You can also follow Bruce on Facebook or catch his hilarious, round-the-clock updates on TwitterIntrigued? Here’s a great excerpt from Waterstone’s to whet your appetite! Then file it under “want to read” on Goodreads!

If you’re in the US, make sure to check out the list of Bruce’s tour dates so you can meet him in person.

We’re also excited to announce that A Burnable Book is a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice this week. Click here for details.


“John Gower is the perfect narrator and amateur sleuth… Holsinger’s research delivers up a world where even the filth is colorful.” - Sarah Dunant, New York Times

“Puzzlemeisters will love this. As will anyone who wants to sink into the sights and sounds of medieval England, a world that rises up here in all its strangeness—and its surprising similarities to our own era.” - Ron Charles, Washington Post

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the bookfollow us on Twitter here: @TheHHAgencyIf you are interested in a virtual meeting with Bruce Holsinger for your book club, anywhere in the world, please email Happy reading!

“Never Saw It Coming” #5 on UK Sunday Times list

February 14, 2014

Never Saw It Coming #5 on UK Sunday Times listLinwood Barclay’s Never Saw It Coming is now # 5 on the UK Sunday Times list!

Congratulations, Linwood. To stay in touch with Linwood’s news, events and forthcoming novels, follow him on Twitter: @linwood_barclay

Masterman on Best First Crime Novel shortlist 2013

January 16, 2014

Masterman on Best First Crime Novel shortlist 2013Congratulations Becky Masterman whose debut novel Rage Against The Dying has been shortlisted by the Mystery Writers of America for the Edgar Award 2013! The category is Best First Crime Novel by an American Author. Click here to see the full list of shortlisted authors. Amazing stuff, Becky!

Boston Globe awards for best crime novels of the year

December 30, 2013

Boston Globe awards for best crime novels of the yearA Tap On The Window by Linwood Barclay and Rage Against The Dying by Becky Masterman are both on the Boston Globe’s best crime novels of the year list.

Congratulations Linwood and Becky!

For details on both books and the full list of winners, click here.

Becky Masterman’s first novel on Richard and Judy’s 2014 Spring Book Club List

December 29, 2013

Becky Mastermans first novel on Richard and Judys 2014 Spring Book Club ListCongratulations to Becky Masterman whose debut thriller Rage Against The Dying has been picked to be on Richard & Judy’s Spring 2014 list! The novel was also shortlisted for the Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of 2013.

Empress of the Night #7 on German bestseller list

December 18, 2013

Empress of the Night #7 on German bestseller listCongratulations to Eva Stachniak whose new novel Empress of the Night: A Novel of Catherine the Great (Die Zarin der Nacht in Germany) is at the number seven spot on the German paperback bestseller list!

Empress of the Night shows us a complex Catherine, reflecting on her life, her relentless battle between love and power, the country she brought into the glorious new century, and the bodies left in her wake. By the end of her life, she had accomplished more than virtually any other woman in history. Now, in a voice both indelible and intimate, she reflects on the decisions that gained her the world and brought her enemies to their knees. And before her last breath, shadowed by the bloody French Revolution, she sets up the end game for her last political maneuver, ensuring her successor and the greater glory of Russia.

Eva Stachniak is the Globe and Mail (Canada) and Der Spiegel (Germany) bestselling author of The Winter PalaceGarden of Venus (aka Dancing With Kings in the UK) and Necessary Lies.

Empress of the Night will be available hardcover in the US (Bantam) and in Canada (Doubleday) on March 25th, 2014. The novel will be available in the UK via Traverse Press. Stay tuned for more details! You can also follow Eva on Twitter for all her updates: @EvaStachniak


Air Date Announced for Kelley Armstrong’s “Bitten” TV series

November 25, 2013

Air Date Announced for Kelley Armstrongs Bitten TV seriesBack in September, we posted that Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten was acquired by US cable network Syfy and in Canada by Space. We’re excited to announce that the thirteen-episode run starring Laura Vandervoort as secret werewolf Elena Michaels will commence at 9pm on Saturday, January 11, 2014 on Space.

The US airing will be on Monday, January 13, 2014 on Syfy network.

Check out the trailer here.

For all TV show updates, follow Kelley Armstrong on Tumblr

NBC developing “Never Look Away”, the TV series

September 23, 2013

NBC developing Never Look Away, the TV seriesLinwood Barclay’s thriller, Never Look Away, is currently being developed by NBC as an untitled thriller/family drama based on the book. The script is led by writer Matt Venne (A&E’s Bag Of Bones) and the show will be produced by Sony Pictures TV as well as by executive producers Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein.

The plot revolves around a small-town reporter, David Harwood, who is happily spending a warm weekend with this family at an amusement park. What begins as a pleasant day turns into a nightmare after an inexplicable disappearance. As David struggles to restore his family, he discovers that the people we’re closest to are the ones about which we may know the least. His life is turned upside down as he discovers the truth about his wife, the town they live in, and even himself. Linwood Barclay’s Trust Your Eyes is also in active development at Warner Bros. Congratulations Linwood! This is an exciting time for books on screen.

Kelley Armstrong’s ‘Bitten’ to become TV series, 2014

September 18, 2013


Kelley Armstrongs Bitten to become TV series, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld novel, Bitten, has been acquired by US cable network Syfy and will run for thirteen episodes. Laura Vandervoort (Smallville) will star as Elena Michaels, the clandestine werewolf struggling to get away from her true identity.

In Canada, the show can be accessed via Bell Media’s Space network, also next year. “With a strong female lead at its core, we know audiences on both sides of the border will be rabid followers of Bitten,” commented Corrie Coe, Senior VP Independent Production at Bell Media.

On her role in the production, Armstrong wrote on her Tumblr, “I read the first couple of scripts—which were great! I visited the sound stages, but not while they were filming. That’s it. Why? Because I wrote the books, and now a fine team of writers is tackling the TV show.” Congratulations, Kelley, and we can’t wait to see what the world of Stonehaven looks like on TV!

For more information, click here.


First-ever interactive story for Kelley Armstrong–and Penguin–out now

July 25, 2013

First ever interactive story for Kelley Armstrong–and Penguin–out nowKelley Armstrong  loves finding new ways to tell a story. With the creation of Cainsville Files, which introduces the world of Omens, players of Penguin’s first-ever interactive game can enjoy a veritable choose-your-own-adventure for the digital age.

Cainsville Files features Jenn McCoy, a struggling private investigator who finds herself searching for her missing high-school sweetheart—possibly a victim of the notorious Valentine Killer. The gamer’s choices will either help Jenn solve the case—or doom her to a number of tricky fates!

Both new readers and devoted fans will be able to absorb the exciting plot choices offered as the book and the game have been designed as stand-alone works; however, there is plenty of fun crossover for those who have read the book.

The fully-illustrated game is now available on all iOS devices at $3.99 (US) for customers in the United States and New Zealand. Availability in Canada, the UK and Australia to come shortly.

Don’t wait… explore the eerie town of Cainsville like you’ve never seen it before!

For more info, visit Kelley Armstrong’s Tumblr page, Paperback Writer.

Becky Masterman on lists for two CWA awards, UK

July 16, 2013

Becky Masterman on lists for two CWA awards, UK


Becky Masterman is on the lists for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for First Novels as well as the Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel for her “engrossing and assured edge-of-the-seat debut thriller” Rage Against the Dying (Orion, 2013).

Both awards are given by the Crime Writers Association in the UK.

Congratulations to Becky and we wish her all the best!


Rage Against The Dying: a Top 5 Summer Read

July 12, 2013

Rage Against The Dying: a Top 5 Summer ReadBecky Masterman’s Rage Against the Dying has been chosen by National Public Radio‘s ‘All Things Considered’ commentator Alan Cheuse to be a Top 5 Summer Read for this year!

Cheuse praises Masterman’s “attractive new character” in retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn, highlighting the effective plot intrigue of “cold cases, hot FBI politics, a cover-up and an explosive conclusion” that he deems are exciting enough to escape from real life.


Cheuse has also written a review for The Dallas Morning News’ GuideLIVE Books.


Don’t wait any longer! Get yourself a copy of Rage Against the Dying just in time for all those perfect-for-reading long summer days.

Barclay’s TRUST YOUR EYES mass market reprint

July 4, 2013

Barclays TRUST YOUR EYES mass market reprintLinwood Barclay’s Trust Your Eyes is now available in mass-market edition throughout the United States, as of July 2.

“Trust Your Eyes is the best Barclay so far, a tale Hitchcock would have loved… The book is riveting, frequently scary, occasionally funny, and surprisingly, wonderfully tender. I could believe this might happen to people living two streets over from me. Great entertainment from a suspense master.”
- Stephen King

Check out the trailer for Trust Your Eyes by Loading Doc Productions!

Trust Your Eyes will be available in the UK on July 18 and in Canada on July 23.

For more Linwood Barclay news, follow him on Twitter: @linwood_barclay

Miss Montreal in bookstores & online Tues May 28

May 28, 2013

Miss Montreal in bookstores & online Tues May 28

Howard Shrier’s new crime novel, Miss Montreal, is now available for purchase!

Miss Montreal can be purchased as a paperback at and, as well as in ebook format via the Kindle and Kobo editions.

Congratulations to Howard who will launch his fifth novel tonight (May 28) at the Dora Keogh pub (on Danforth, just east of Broadview). For more info on the launch, please go to

Howard Shrier is an Arthur Ellis Award Winner for Best First Novel in 2009 (Buffalo Jump) and Best Novel in 2010 (High Chicago).

For all other updates and latest news, follow Howard on Twitter at @HowardShrier.

Helen Heller Agency is pleased to announce…

February 12, 2013

Helen Heller Agency is pleased to announce…

Eva Stachniak’s The Winter Palace is at #7 on the German Bestseller list and has been on that list for weeks!

Linwood Barclay’s Never Saw It Coming went straight onto The Sunday Times (UK) hardcover bestseller list at #6 after three days of sale.

Becky Masterman’s Rage Against The Dying was selected as one of Publisher’s Weekly Most Anticipated Books for Spring!

Kelley Armstrong’s 13 hits the bestseller lists

September 13, 2012

Congratulations Kelley Armstrong!  13 hits the bestseller lists in the UK, the US and Canada!

Winter Palace hits high on The Globe & Mail bestseller list in its first Week of release!

January 27, 2012

Congratulations to Eva Stachniak.  The Winter Palace, her novel of Catherine the Great, hit the Globe & Mail list at #3 and has stayed high on the list ever since.  It’s also selling really well in the US and UK.  Can’t wait for the sequel!  Empress of the Night comes out next year.

Click here to see Jane Smiley’s review in The Globe & Mail.

Howard Shrier Receives Stared Review

December 13, 2011

Congratulations to Howard Shrier.  Starred Review in Publishers Weekly for Boston Cream!

The Accident on King’s Top 20 of 2011

December 13, 2011

Congratulations to Linwood Barclay!  Stephen King picked The Accident as #9 on his Top 20 of 2011!,,20551445_21089687,00.html

Becky Masterman’s Rage Against The Dying sold to Penguin Canada

September 15, 2011

Canadian rights to Rage Against The Dying + another novel by Becky Masterman have been sold to Penguin Books of Canada in a pre-empt.

Linwood Barclay’s The Accident #1 in the UK

September 15, 2011

Congratulations to Linwood Barclay, whose latest thriller The Accident is now #1 on all UK hardcover fiction lists.

Linwood Barclay Tops the UK Again!

June 30, 2011

Congratulations to Linwood Barclay! Just three days after publication the paperback edition of NEVER LOOK AWAY went straight to #2 on the UK Paperback Bestsellers list!

Kelley Armstrong’s THE GATHERING is a NY Times Bestseller

April 28, 2011

Congratulations to Kelley Armstrong whose success continues with her latest book for Young Adults! Book One of The Darkness Rising series THE GATHERING is a NY Times Bestseller!

The Reckoning wins ‘Best Canadian Read’

November 27, 2010

Congratulations to Kelley Armstrong for winning Best Canadian Read for The Reckoning at the first Indigo Teen Reads Awards, Sept 2010. Congratulations also go to Kelley for the 2011 Red Maple nomination for The Summoning!