This is a good book with lots of creepy elements. Unfortunately, I came into the series late – this being the first one I read. That being said, I am definitely looking for the first two in order to really understand what’s going on. You don’t need to have read them to enjoy the book, but it would probably help.
In this story, Amelia returns to her life in Charleston and a haunted detective, Devlin (and his nasty dead wife, Mariama, and daughter, Shani). The ghost of a murdered cop enlists Amelia’s help, and she quickly becomes embroiled in dynamic mystery, full of lies, murder, drugs, and ghosts.
What I liked:
The writing. Amanda Stevens is a talented writer with a gift for getting under your skin.
The progression of the relationship between hero and heroine.
The more than satisfying mystery.
Stevens world-building and portrayal of Southern life and the descriptions she gives of Charleston were amazing. Made me want to curl up with a glass of sweet tea and dream of mossy trees and scrolled ironwork. Nice.
What I didn’t like:
When around Devlin, Amelia is a self-deprecating wimp. She’s also weak-willed when it comes to dealing with ghosts in general. The “I know I shouldn’t do this but I’m going to anyway” attitude got old real fast.
This was touted as the third and final in the series, but it didn’t feel like “the end” – there seemed to be too many more questions left unanswered.
Recommendations: If you’ve read the other books in the series, definitely pick this one up. If you haven’t, it’s a good story, but you’d probably enjoy it more if you read the other ones first. Still, not a bad paranormal read.
My name is Amelia Gray.
I am the Graveyard Queen, a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. My father passed down four rules to keep me safe and I've broken every last one. A door has opened and evil wants me back.
In order to protect myself, I've vowed to return to those rules. But the ghost of a murdered cop needs my help to find his killer. The clues lead me to the dark side of Charleston—where witchcraft, root doctors and black magic still flourish—and back to John Devlin, a haunted police detective I should only love from afar.
Now I'm faced with a terrible choice: follow the rules or follow my heart.