Tumblr’s own Kayla Bashe, the author of Bluebell Hall, serves up a “thrillingly irreverent” explosion of the beautiful dead girl mystique in Graveyard Sparrow, her new Regency romance starring a neuroatypical lady detective and a well-traveled professional witch.
Katriona Sparrow, dubbed the Mad Heiress by most of London’s upper class, is the deceptively fragile ward of a foreign nobleman. She can’t stand making small talk with strangers, but her psychic powers mean that she’s unparalleled when it comes to deciphering the dead.
On a routine investigation, though, something goes horribly wrong, leaving Katriona catatonic in an upscale hospital and a serial killer with an artistic bent stalking London’s most vulnerable.
Enter Anthea Garlant, a young witch and academic ostracized from polite society for traveling the world without a chaperone. She devises magical accommodations to protect Katriona from the side effects of her abilities- but as she grows more and more attached to the other woman, her professional façade begins to slip.
Will they be able to stop the man who turns beautiful dead women into works of art- the man who is closer to Katriona than anyone suspects?
Now featuring bonus story Blood and Newsprint, about a plucky girl reporter and her butch best friend in old New York!
(I shouldn’t have to say this, of course, but given the state of today’s media, I will anyway: Graveyard Sparrow contains no dead lesbians, tragic lesbians, or lesbians who, for whatever reason, sleep with men, and the majority of named female characters survive the book.)
Trigger warnings: murder, murder discussed as an art form, attempted murder, gaslighting, the use of knives and guns, food, bones, ghosts, and HELLA BADASS QUEER LADIES.
Also featuring: women avenging the deaths of other women, ladies with agency, and a super-cute dog.
If you want to buy it (it’s only 2.99,) here’s the link!
(Kayla’s other book, Bluebell Hall, is about a girl with ADD and dyslexia, a trans girl, a fat girl, a black girl, and a girl from an abusive home who all go to a magical boarding school in the 1800s!
You can buy that here: