EXCLUSIVE: Top Of The Lake and Lion producer See Saw Films has picked up TV rights to Lucy Foley’s upcoming murder mystery novel The Hunting Party, I can reveal. The novel was pre-empted by Kimberley Young at HarperFiction in a strong six-figure deal in December 2017 and is slated for hardback publication in 2019.

The plot of the Scottish highlands-set murder mystery unfolds over New Year’s Eve as a tight-knit group of Oxford university alumni celebrate in the impressive wilderness of the Loch Corrin Estate. In the wild terrain the group reminisce, go deer stalking, and hide friendship-destroying secrets; secrets that set a dangerous sequence of events in motion, culminating with a broken body in the snow.

Best known for her sweeping wartime historical fiction, Foley’s debut novel, The Book Of Lost And Found, was acquired at auction by HarperFiction in 2013, and was one of the top selling debuts of the year. The Hunting Party sees Foley make her crime debut.

Luke Speed, on behalf of Cathryn Summerhayes, both of Curtis Brown Group, brokered the deal with Hakan Kousetta, Chief Operating Officer for Television at See-Saw.

Patrick Walters, Head of Development for See-Saw Films, said, “As soon as we started reading The Hunting Party we were hooked. Lucy Foley’s novel is psychological suspense at its very best, blending razor sharp observations about a group of friends in crisis with a deftly plotted murder mystery that surprised us right until the end. We are sure it will captivate a huge readership, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring this story to the screen.”

See-Saw’s BBC mini-series The North Water, from director Andrew Haigh, is gearing up to shoot later this year, while on the movie side both Steve McQueen’s Widows and Chris Morris’ new untitled comedy are in post.