L.A.-based Tri-Laurel Prods. has finalized a four-book deal with mystery writer Connie Shelton.
The deal fetched Shelton $300,000 plus consulting fees. Thomas H. Cole, Diane L. Robison and Charles Floyd Johnson, execs for the two-year-old Tri-Laurel, plan to produce four telepix based on the books with a $12 million budget, with Johnson serving as exec producer. The first film is projected for a 1999 completion.
The author’s series of novels center around female sleuth Charlie Parker who opens a detective agency with her brother in New Mexico. The four books, “Vacations Can Be Murder,” “Deadly Gamble,” “Partnerships Can Kill” and “Small Towns Can Be Murder,” are all published by Intrigue Press.