The beginning of Stevens’ Graveyard Queen series left this reviewer breathless. The author smoothly establishes characters and forms the foundation of future storylines with an edgy and beautiful writing style. Her story is full of twists and turns, with delicious and surprising conclusions. Readers will want to force themselves to slow down and enjoy the book instead of speeding through to the end, and they’ll anxiously await the next installment of this deceptively gritty series.
Amelia Gray restores cemeteries. She’s also been able to see ghosts since she was a little girl. In order to protect herself, she has always followed the rules her father taught her. It’s never been difficult, until a police detective haunted by the death of his wife and daughter needs her help to solve a gruesome murder. (MIRA, May 2011, 400 pp., $14.95)