We are thrilled to share the cover for Grave Secrets, the laugh-out-loud debut by Alice James, publishing in September 2020. Grave Secrets blends urban fantasy and cosy crime with the perfect addition of a kick-ass heroine. 

“Heads up to all fans of True Blood and Buffy, our new favourite heroine is here, she’s a necromancer, and she’s kind of a hot mess!” – NetGalley review

“A fun filled, laugh out loud page turner.” – NetGalley review

“A thrilling five-star read.” – NetGalley review

An adventure with zombies. And vampires. And romance. And croquet.

Toni Windsor is trying to live a quiet life in the green and pleasant county of Staffordshire. She’d love to finally master the rules of croquet, acquire a decent boyfriend and make some commission as an estate agent. All that might have to wait, though, because there are zombies rising from their graves, vampires sneaking out of their coffins and a murder to solve. It’s all made rather more complicated by the fact that she’s the one raising all the zombies – oh, and she’s dating one of the vampires. It can’t be the best decision she’s ever made, but he’s so pretty. Really, what’s a girl meant to do? 

Alice James was born in Staffordshire, where she grew up reading novels and spending a lot of time with sheep. She was lucky enough to have a mother who was addicted to science fiction and a father who was fond of long country walks, so she grew up with her head in the stars and her feet on the ground. After studying maths at university and training to be a Cobol programmer (!), she began writing novels to get the weird people in her head to go somewhere else. She now lives in Oxfordshire with a fine selection of cats, fulfilling her teenage gothic fantasies by moving into a converted chapel with an ancient spiral staircase—and gravestones in the garden. Her go-to comfort dish is a big plate of dumplings, her number one cocktail is a Manhattan and her favourite polygon is a triangle, though she has a soft spot for concave rhomboids. Find out more at http://www.alicejames.co.uk/ and follow @ToniWindsor.