by Amanda Stevens
Series: The Graveyard Queen #1
Publication date: 2/21/2012
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
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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.
I read a review on a blog about The Restorer
and immediately downloaded it for my nook. Sadly I
cannot remember who reviewed it, but thank you so much! I love crime mysteries
and when you wrap it in a little paranormal woo-woo I begin to drool. Amanda Stevens
delivered a beautiful, dark, chilling mystery with a side of sexual tension. I
quickly became swept up in this tale, the characters and the crime. The opening
sentence “I was nine when I saw my first ghost.”
grabbed me and the tale kept
Ameila Gray is a cemetery restorer and has quickly built a
reputation for herself. She also has a successful blog showcasing old
cemeteries which has made her recognizable. Since she was nine she has been
cursed with a gift she shares with her father. She can see ghosts and her
father taught her rules that she must follow to keep herself safe. Rule number
one, never acknowledge them. Until now
she has always followed the rules. When a haunted, smexy, dark, brooding police
detective asks for her assistance after discovering a dead body in the cemetery
she is restoring everything changes. When the clues to solve the murder(s) involve symbols on the headstones
she realizes she may be the only one who can help them catch a killer.
I really connected with the protagonist Ameila. She is
quite, refined, intelligent and confident in her profession. She also seems very lonely and guarded. I loved
her profession and the fact that she blogs and enjoys it so much had me
smiling. John Devlin is a police officer, a true southern gentleman and he
oozed smexy. John has suffered from a horrific loss and it shows in his eyes
and the lines on his devastatingly handsome face. He unnerves Amanda and she struggles with her
attraction to John on so many levels. I adored the tango these two danced. Their tale is just beginning and I get goose
bumps just thinking about it. I love the secondary characters and the southern
door Stevens opens for us. I am really looking forward to learning more about
all of them.
Stevens is a breathtakingly gifted writer. She brought Charleston and its historical district
to life. I could see, hear, taste and smell the world she immersed me in. Her attention to detail and the facts surround
these old neglected cemeteries captivated me. The mystery itself was filled
with twists, foreboding and an air of believability that had me chilled. The
twist she put on ghosts and Amelia’s gift are completely original and the
back-history on these entities was freaky-tastic! The flow of the novel was
wonderful, and Steven’s descriptive writing style kept me reading late into the
night. I am in love with this writer and must read more of this series. My favorite type of
series are ones that can be read as standalones, but also have sub-plots,
romances etc running through them. Where each book solves a case, shows character
development and further advances these overall sub- plot. This appears to be the recipe Stevens is
using. Eep! I have not been this excited since reading The Passage by Justin Cronin and if you know me at all, you are rushing to ordered this book!
I recommend The
to fans of mystery, urban fantasy and paranormal suspense. This
book totally rocked my face off and Stevens has made my auto buy list.
is the next book in the Graveyard Queen series
which is calling me
from my nook. Look for my review next month.
I gave this novel 5 delicious coffee cups out of 5.
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