Every cemetery has a story. Every grave, its secrets.
The Graveyard Queen Series #1
On Sale: May 1, 2011
Featuring: Amelia Gray; John Devlin
Trade Size / e-Book
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Every cemetery has a story. Every grave has its secrets.
Amelia Gray was nine when she first became aware of
ghosts - those beautiful, nebulous, dangerous beings that
drift among us, seeking what they can never have again -
life. That's why they attach themselves like supernatural
leeches to their hosts, draining them of warmth and
As a child, Amelia's playground was an old cemetery, a
hallowed place where her father worked as caretaker. Alone
and often lonely, she wandered through the lush fern beds
an curtains of gray-green moss, pretending the stone
angels and cherubs were fairies and gnomes and she their
ruler, queen of her very own graveyard kingdom. Nowadays
Amelia is a cemetery restorer, traveling all over the
South, cleaning up forgotten and abandoned graveyards and
repairing worn and broken headstones.
In order to protect herself, Amelia has long adhered to
the rules laid down by her father: (1) Never acknowledge
the dead; (2) Never stray far from hallowed ground; (3)
Never associate with those who are haunted and (4) Never,
ever, tempt fate. But one day John Devlin, an enigmatic
police detective haunted by the ghosts of his dead wife
and daughter, enters Amelia's world and everything begins
to change, including the rules that have always kept her
Devlin's there to investigate the discovery of a young
woman's brutalized body in an old Charleston graveyard
that Amelia has been hired to restore. The clues to the
killer - and to his other victims - lie in headstone
symbolism that only Amelia can decipher. Soon it becomes
clear that Devlin needs Amelia's help to trap to brutal
killer seemingly intent on "repopulating" an old cemetery.
But Devlin's nearness and their growing attraction
constitute the very gravest of threats for Amelia.
Devlin's ghosts shadow his every move, feeding off his
warmth, sustaining their presence with his energy. To warn
him would be to invite them into Amelia's life but
something she's vowed never to do. However, the pull of
Devlin's magnetism grows ever stronger even as the symbols
lead Amelia closer to the killer and to the gossamer veil
that separates this world from the next.
1 comment posted.
Re: The Restorer
Sounds to me like a real winner!
(Betty Gelean 3:26pm April 26, 2011)
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