Length: 10 hours and 52 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Crime, Paranormal
Published by MIRA Pages: 376
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
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Also by this author: The Kingdom, The Visitor (Graveyard Queen, #4), The Sinner
My name is Amelia Gray. I'm a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I've always held fast to the rules passed down from my father. But now a haunted police detective has entered my world and everything is changing, including the rules that have always kept me safe.
It started with the discovery of a young woman's brutalized body in an old Charleston graveyard I've been hired to restore. The clues to the killer, and to his other victims, lie in the headstone symbolism that only I can interpret. Devlin needs my help, but his ghosts shadow his every move, feeding off his warmth, sustaining their presence with his energy. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I've vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the symbols lead me closer to the killer and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.
What I thought of this book.
There is nothing more fun than a mystery that is entwined in the paranormal. I love getting my two favorite genres in one!
Amelia is a graveyard restorer, also known as the Graveyard Queen. She was working in a graveyard with Detective John Devlin came to ask her about a resent session she did an a graveyard. It seems they found a body that didn’t belong in the grave where it was placed and he thought that maybe she might have took a picture of something that could be important.
Amelia can also see ghost and she sees a couple of ghost who are hanging around Devlin and she is reminded of the rules her father told her about when she was young and seen her first ghost. One of those rules is to never get involved with someone who is haunted. But Devlin needs her help and as a graveyard restorer she knows the symbolism of the grave marks on the graves. These clues could lead to a killer.
I enjoyed getting to know Amelia, she is a great character. To be able to see ghost and learn to not let them know you see them has to take a lot of discipline cause I am sure I would give myself away, Especially when they come up real close to her like they do some times. Though she has been seeing them since she was young so she has gotten use to them and her daddy’s rules are always on her mind. It’s not good to let them know you can see them, or it could lead something even darker.
John Devlin is a great character too and he is haunted by a woman and a young girl and has a bit of a haunted past. He was very easy to like and Amelia likes him right from the start though she knows she should stay away from him. Though there is not a lot of romance with the two of them I still have my fingers crossed for them in the future!
I loved the mystery of who killed the girls that were in the library and learning about graveyards and restoration. This novel has a perfect mix of paranormal and mystery to satisfy lovers of both genres.
I highly recommend it!
Khristine Hvam does a great job with this book and I would be inclined to check out any books with her narration. She really brings Amelia to life with a soft southern accent that is just right and not over the top.
I bought this one myself so I don’t have a sample to give you but you can check it out on audibles here.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Alphabet Soup Challenge 2016
- Audiobook Challenge 2016
- Winter COYER