We’re delighted to be celebrating the publication of The Burial Plot, the propulsive new gothic thriller by Sunday Times bestselling author of The Doll Factory, Elizabeth Macneal. This spellbinding story of murder and manipulation is set in London, 1839 and follows two tricksters Crawford and Bonnie who survive on wicked schemes and ill-gotten coin. But one blistering evening, their fortunes flip. A man lies in a pool of blood at Bonnie’s feet and now she needs to disappear. Crawford secures her a position as lady’s maid in a grand house on the Thames. As Bonnie comes to understand the family – the eccentric Mr Moncrieff, obsessively drawing mausoleums for his dead wife, and their peculiar daughter Cissie, scribbling imaginary love letters to herself – she begins to question what secrets are lying behind the house’s paper-thin walls and whether her own presence here was planned from the beginning.

The Burial Plot has already received rave endorsements ahead of publication:

As dark, twisting and magnificent as the Victorian cemetery itself, The Burial Plot is a brilliantly clever and richly imagined novel. I loved it
Anna Mazzola

A book to sink into and relish. Dark, clever, with a twist worthy of your attention. Macneal gets better and better
Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Gripping, taut, elegantly-written and full of richly-researched period detail, The Burial Plot is exactly what a gothic should be: thrilling

Rebecca Stott

The always-brilliant Macneal levels up once again in this tour de force of a gothic thriller. I devoured it
Gillian McAllister

Propulsive, rich and properly gripping. Macneal is a masterful storyteller – I genuinely could not put this down. Stacey Halls

Macneal brings Victorian England – and all of its potential dangers – vividly to life, and the characters leap off the page. Flora Carr

Happy publication day Elizabeth!


If you haven’t already, you can get your copy here