CBC to adapt Ian Hamilton's Ava Lee mystery series


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Ian Hamilton's popular Ava Lee series is being adapted for CBC Television by Strada Films as a limited series.

The series follows Ava Lee, a forensic accountant who works with her "Uncle" to make sure debts are repaid - by any means necessary. Ava is a martial arts expert who uses her intellect as often as her physical strength (despite being only 5'3") to make sure her clients get what they paid for.

The series began in 2011 with the publication of The Water Rat of Wanchai, which won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. The seventh book in the series, The King of Shanghai will be published in December 2014.

"We love the idea of watching Ava grow into the smart, resourceful if unorthodox business-woman who is destined to be a wicked role model for young women," Strada Films' President and co-founder Sandra Cunningham said in a release.

Other book-to-television adaptations the CBC has been involved with includes The Book of Negroes, which premieres in January 2015, and Alan Hawco's production of Caught by Lisa Moore.