Image of The Prophet (The Graveyard Queen)


Image of The Prophet (The Graveyard Queen)

Between the lyrical narrative, the gritty story and the graphic images, readers are going to have a visceral reaction to Stevens’ latest. She has already firmly established her characters, and here she layers more depth to Amelia Gray, sketching more detail into recurring characters and loosely outlining others who may turn up later.

They call Amelia Gray the Graveyard Queen because she’s an expert at restoring cemeteries, but most don’t know her secret skill — she sees ghosts. When she was a child, her father laid down strict rules for dealing with spirits and thus far Amelia has managed to break nearly all of them. Now she’s determined to repair that breach. However, the veil between the two worlds is emitting waves of evil to ensnare her, a murdered cop seeks her help and the man she loves remains haunted by the ghosts of his past. Witchcraft and black magic still flourish and lead her to the clues that could solve a mystery —- or easily claim her soul. (MIRA, Apr., 352 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Pat Cooper