Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell

Lifetime has made a deal with best-selling author Patricia Cornwell to adapt two of her novels, including one yet to be released, into movies.

The agreement marks the first time any of Cornwell's novels will be adapted for the screen. The author will serve as an executive producer of the telefilms.

"As we continuously reinvent our popular Lifetime original movies, we're expanding the genres and including more works by America's leading women writers," Tanya Lopez, who oversees original movies at the cable network, tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Patricia Cornwell is in a class by herself."

The two novels, "At Risk" and its sequel "The Front" (which hits stores in May), center on Win Garano, an investigator for the state of Massachusetts, and the politically ambitious district he works for, Monique Lamont. Garano's eccentric grandmother also plays a prominent role.

Casting has yet to begin; no writer or director is attached yet either. Cornwell will executive produce the adaptations with Stanley M. Brooks and Jim Head, who produced Lifetime Movie Network's miniseries "The Capture of the Green River Killer."