Grave Secrets

Solaris. (Lavington Windsor, Bk. 1). Sept. 2020. 300p. ISBN 9781781088616. pap. $11.99. FANTASY
DEBUT Lavington Windsor, or Toni, as she prefers to be called, is a real estate agent by day and necromancer by night. When her agency is tasked with finding a home for Oscar Wolsey, Toni is more than up to the job—especially since Oscar happens to be a drop-dead gorgeous vampire. But between navigating vampire politics, helping her new friends defend against a Chicago vampire Mafia group that’s moved into the area, and the truth that necromancers are the sworn enemy of vampires, Toni has her hands full. Not to mention that she’s determined to help her police officer brother solve the murder of headless Jane Doe, who’s been languishing in the morgue for months. Can Toni resolve all her problems and still keep her neck unbitten? With the help of a few zombie allies, she just might.
VERDICT James’s debut is a sometimes silly, often funny twist on the vampire romance genre. The delightfully written Toni is about the unlikeliest heroine one expects to encounter. Throw in a few zombies for good measure, and readers are left with a novel perfect for fans of Charlaine Harris and Gail Carriger.

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