All that might have to wait, though, because there are zombies rising from their graves, vamp ...more
I do believe a lot of people will love this book though!! So, make sure to check it out yourself! It has sim ore and gynornous
**I would like to thank Nertgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
Often whoever markets books seems to be lying when they make their comparisons. In this case, however, it’s spot on. This definitely feels like Sookie Stackhouse meets Agatha Raisin.
The world that James has created is very similar to the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood universe. Vampires have recently come out of the closet, and, unwelcome in the US and Canada, they’re flocking to Europe. Our protagonist, Lavington “Toni” Windsor, is a necromancer, and she spends her evenings raising the de...more
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Grave Secrets by Alice James is the first book in The Lavington Windsor Mysteries and piqued my interest when the book blurb indicated it is Agatha Raisin meets Sookie Stackhouse, with croquet and zombies. The summary of the book made it sound like it would be a lot of fun and quirky enough to keep my interes ...more
(Lavington Windsor Mysteries #1)
by Alice James
This book is so funny and witty! I was giggling and laughing out loud at the cleverly worded phrases, dialogue, and situations! I found another favorite author for my wicked sense of humor! Loved it!
A necromancer by night, just because it's fun, and a real estate agent by day, Toni, or Lav, is quite a odd but charming gal. Then she meets a hot vampire. They hit it off right away, sort of. All but the blood drinking. Ick! Raising corpses ...more
Based on the cover of this book, and the description, I really thought I was going to be reading some sort of a cozy mystery. It was not. But I was not disappointed! In my opinion this was a really nice paranormal romance. (With a little sex thrown in, but not too much).
It's basically about a necromancer named Lavington Windsor, AKA "Toni", who sells real estate by day and raises the dead by night. Her best ...more
Zombies, vampires, and a necromancer! Oh yes, all of that blended into a delicious tale, I couldn't put down.
This was totally unexpected. I laughed, cringed, and swooned. What a delicious dark mix that was also somehow light. I was hooked from the start with the fun premise and light feel. I read a lot of genres and love a range of tones and themes, so when heads rolled and guts squished I was all in. Of course add to that a sexy vamp or two and the he ...more
Alice James is a début author and I was impressed with her writing style. Her prose was articulate but light and embodied our protagonist. It felt quintessentially English through and through with our British spellings, slang, and colloquialisms. I thought that the story itself was intelligent and felt well planned out and researched with her descriptions easily transporting me into each scene. There’s also a wonderful wealth of characters each w ...more
Benedict sounds like a more intriguing person to me than Oscar right now, so I'm curious what the next book will bring. ...more
Alice James' "Grave Secrets" was an accidental and amazing find. I can't recommend it enough to fans of urban fantasy with a good helping of mystery, romance, and terribly addictive characters. Thank goodness this is the beginning of a series or else I'd have to beg the author to write more.
By day, Toni Windsor is a real estate agent for humans and supernatural creatures. By night, she raises the dead to follow in her grandfather's footsteps and, ...more
Grave Secrets was a funny, fast-paced and snarky book. Toni was a nice character. Romance part is a bit fast. It is really similar to Sookie Stackhouse, so Harris fans would like this one.
At first, book was very funny but as the dark side of paranormal surfaced, It got a bit darker. Animating corpses can be better studied, since I have several questions.
For the fans of light and funny urban fantasy books.
Detailed review is here: https://magicanddust.blogspot.com/202... ...more
Grave Secrets is the start of a new series involving romance, vampires, murder and necromancy. I requested this one because it promised something fun and light and in that respect it does exactly what it sets out to do.
Toni (Lavington) Windsor is a real estate agent from Staffordshire. By day she’s a bubbly, vivacious character with a head full of curls and snippy comebacks – at night she sneaks into the local graveyard to raise th ...more
Author: Alice James
Publisher: Rebellion Publishing
Page count: 300pp
Release date: 3rd September 2020
For those urban fantasy fans of the 90s/00s raised on the likes of Nancy A Collins, Kim Harrison and Jim Butcher, you’ll feel an affinity for Alice James’ debut novel from Rebellion Publishing.
For me, Laurel K Hamilton was the must-read, and I fell in love with Anita Blake’s sassy zombie raiser and her gorgeous entourage including vampire master Jean Claude, but it was the world, not t ...more
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By night, Toni raises the dead in the local cemetery. By day, she sells houses - in theory only to finance her life, but things get interesting as she aquires a vampire customer, looking for an old house with extensive cellars. And possibly a love interest.
This was so fun I had to force myself to let go last night to sleep. If I had started sooner in the day, I am sure I'd have read this in one sitting.
The co ...more
Meet Jane Doe, a young girl foully murdered, whose killer can't be found even when Toni uses her powers to aid her policeman brother.
Add a disfunctional community of vampires with interests ranging from squiring Toni to the office party to brutal power ...more
So, I unexpecte ...more
I've had to put this book down. It doesn't seem to be the book for me.
Grave Secrets follows Lavington 'Toni' Windsor, who is a necromancer by night and an estate agent by day, and living in a world where vampires are allowed to freely coexist (well in Europe anyways) she sells houses to vampires too.
Though indulging in such affairs proves to be much messier than her usual late night cemetery excursions.
It has be ...more
Grave Secrets was so much fun! Lavington "Toni" Windsor faces issues that every modern woman faces (creepy boss, terrible exes) but has a very special talent - she is a necromancer. Toni ends up meeting some vampires, and lands herself in trouble a few times. She is funny and kind, although quick to fall in love (relatable much?!).
I was a big fan of her friend Bredon, who is a very proper English undead gentleman. Peter was als ...more
Her new best friend is dead, her boyfriend is a vampire and there is a vampire turf war......
An excellent start to a new series, a mix of the paranormal, romance and a touch of humour. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series and can highly recommend this book for those who enjoy paranormal ...more
Now normally this is not the type of book I would have picked up but thanks to Netgalley I have discovered a fabulous new talent. Funny, gory and even romantic ...more
The Zombies in this book were brilliant, a very clever take on the genre and I loved how they weren’t just completely mindless.
Our vamps were very much traditional vampires, which was just fine by me. The vampire society built up in the book was excelle ...more
Loved it - please write more.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I read an advance review copy. This review is voluntary, honest and my own opinion. ...more