Series: Graveyard Queen #1
Published by Mira on April 19, 2011
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal
Source: Owned Audible Book
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 love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
Okay, back up. Graveyard Restorer is a real job? Why the hell didn’t my high school guidance counselor tell me that existed? Did he not read all my moody, dark poetry in the Poetry Corner of the school newspaper The Emanon (Noname spelled backwards because… well, high school is lame- I would like to point out that I named our high school poetry collection after a U2 Song- Running to Stand Still, but I had nothing to do with the Emanon’s name)? If I had known this was a real job, I’d probably be happily cleaning up headstones and mapping out graves.
Well, except I don’t really like being outside all that much. Or getting dirty. Or crawling around on the ground. So maaaaaybe it’s a good thing I didn’t know it was a career option… Oh, well, the path not taken, right?
But it turns out that the best thing about being a reader is that, for a brief time while listening to the audiobook, I kind of was a graveyard restorer. Oh, the power of fiction! All the glory of gorgeous, creepy cemeteries with none of the pain and dirt of actual work.
Amelia not only has one of the world’s coolest jobs (because I guess I need to talk about the actual book a bit), but she sees ghosts. She is not a fan of the ghosts, though, and does her best to ignore them. Amelia also has the attention of sexy but haunted detective Devlin. It took me a bit to warm up to Amelia, but she grew on me and I became impressed as she showed her stronger side, plus the whole time I listened to the book I was just hoping she’d do the deed with Devlin.
I really enjoyed the mystery in the book, the way Stevens portrays ghosts, and Amelia’s job. I’m much pickier these days about continuing with series. It used to be an automatic thing, back before my TBR pile morphed into the Mountain of Unread Despair, that if I liked a book somewhat, that I’d go on and read the rest of the series. But now I only continue on if the book or characters really grab me- and The Graveyard Queen series is calling to me to continue!
Khristine Hvam narrates, and it goes without saying that I loved her narration! Hvam is one of my top favorite narrators, and if she’s reading a book there’s a better chance of me buying it. I will definitely continue the series in audio (although I think I have one of the books on my Kindle from some sale many moons ago).