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The Burial Plot – histfic set in London

  • Submitted: 24th May 2024

The Burial Plot – Elizabeth Macneal

Historical fiction set in London – Imagine a cemetery like no other. There is a private cemetery in this novel and it’s quite the experience.

Map of literary locations in The  Burial Plot

Historical fiction set in London


Destination : A London Cemetery

Author guide: Elizabeth Macneal

Genre: historical

Food and drink to accompany: nothing. You’re in a cemetery




A novel to transport you to a London Cemetery


Map of literary locations in The  Burial Plot

This novel whispers and needles its way into your conscience. It took me to a Victorian cemetery and to a time when the obsession with death and mourning was at a high. There’s something so eerie yet beautiful and poignant about cemeteries and it’s all captured in this novel. I have visited one or two in London but this novel gave me vibes of the ‘ above ground’ cemeteries that exist in New Orleans to avoid the flooding problem.

This also had vibes of the Burke and Hare body snatchers case in Edinburgh – trickery and all kinds of wicked schemes being hatched. The criminals in this case are Crawford and Bonnie whose tricks catch up with them and find themselves in a situation they need to flee.

Bonnie finds a new life as a lady’s main in a big posh house on the banks of the River Thames. Once again, the image and smell of death catches Bonnie in its claws. The  man of the house draws mausoleums for his dead wife whilst his strange daughter is starting to question her existence and life in the house itself.

This is when the story really gets chillingly clever as all this time, Crawford has been hiding in the shadows waitng for the right moment. To what you may ask? Well, that would be telling. But rest assured you are in the hands of a master in the gothic fiction genre.

The location of London and the setting of the cold house is wonderfully done. Exquisite prose elevates this into something really quite wonderful.

Map of literary locations in The  Burial Plot


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