Out on 06 June 2024

The Burial Plot

Elizabeth Macneal

06 June 2024
336 pages


'I genuinely could not put this down' Stacey Halls
'A tour de force of a gothic thriller. I devoured it' Gillian McAllister
'Taut, propulsive, beautifully done' Susan Stokes Chapman

From Elizabeth Macneal, the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Doll Factory, The Burial Plot is a spellbinding Gothic thriller about murder, manipulation, and a young woman trying to wrestle power from the hands of a dangerous man. But he’s always one step ahead . . .

London, 1839. With the cemeteries full and money to be made in death, tricksters Crawford and Bonnie 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.

Because Crawford is watching, and perhaps he is plotting his greatest trick yet . . .

Propulsive, rich and properly gripping. Macneal is a masterful storyteller - I genuinely could not put this down.
The always-brilliant Macneal levels up once again in this tour de force of a gothic thriller. I devoured it.
A book to sink into and relish. Dark, clever, with a twist worthy of your attention. Macneal gets better and better.