Solaris to publish thrilling, fun-filled sequels, Grave Danger and Grave Suspicions, by Alice James

We’re delighted to announce the acquisition of Grave Danger and Grave Suspicions by Alice James, the next instalments in the thrilling Lavington Windsor Mysteries Series following 2020’s brilliant debut Grave Secrets, which was praised as ‘A gory and amusing romp’ by the Financial Times.

Described as Agatha Raisin meets Sookie Stackhouse, but with added zombies, this fresh, fun series follows protagonist Toni Windsor as her attempts to live a quiet life in the countryside are foiled by murders, demons, jerk boyfriends… and of course the aforementioned zombies.

Grave Danger is set for publication in Summer 2023, and Grave Suspicions in Fall 2023.

World All Languages Rights were acquired by David Moore from Simon Kavanagh at the Mic Cheetam Agency.

Author Alice James on the acquisition:

“I’m over the moon to be bringing people the next instalment of Toni’s chaotic adventures. When I wrote the books I had no idea if people would welcome this snarky mashup of cosy village crime and gothic noir. It turns out they do – and that makes all the hours of typing away worth it, as well as all that time researching weird stuff about dead bodies and hoping the police never have to check my search history. I promise you more moody vampires, adorable zombies, dubious romance, bewildering murder mysteries and Toni’s trademark bad decisions… and a cute cat!”

Acquiring Editor David Moore:

“I love Toni. She’s that sort of ultra-relatable human-catastrophe who manages to be simultaneously entirely competent and cool and on the verge of losing all semblance of control over her life, and speaking as a human-catastrophe who is simultaneously entirely competent and cool and on the verge of losing all semblance of control over my life, I find that comforting. I’m delighted to have the chance to bring her to the world for her next few outings…”

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: and follow Alice on Twitter @ToniWindsor.

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