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Free@Last to adapt mystery novel

Free@Last TV, the UK indie behind Agatha Raisin, has optioned comedian Ian Moore’s Follet Valley mystery series to develop it into a TV show.

Kicking off with the story from the first book, Death & Croissants, the series follows a middle-aged Englishman who runs a bed-and-breakfast (B&B) in the Loire Valley, France.

One day, an older guest goes missing, leaving behind only a bloody handprint on the wallpaper, leading the B&B owner and another guest to investigate the disappearance and become local amateur sleuths.

Free@Last TV acquired rights from Farrago, an imprint of Duckworth Books, which published Death & Croissants on July 1 in the UK.

Earlier this year AMC Networks-owned streamer Acorn TV renewed its mystery series Agatha Raisin for a fourth season, consisting of three feature-length episodes and a winter special.

Barry Ryan, joint MD of Free@Last TV, said: “Charm. Wit. Flair. It’s rare to come across a first novel that manages to combine an intriguing twisty plot with laugh-out-loud humour. Ian is a first-class writer and we immediately saw the potential for a long-running series with returnable characters we know people will adore.”

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