Mira / April 24, 2012 / $7.99 print, $6.79 digital
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.
The Prophet by Amanda Stevens is the third book in her Graveyard Queen series. The series begins with The Restorer, followed by The Kingdom. Amelia Gray has been able to see ghosts her entire life, but her father taught her at an early age never to acknowledge their presence. Ghosts were something to be feared and dreaded; they would cling to her if they knew she could see them, and would suck her dry of her life energy like leeches.
As The Prophet opens, Amelia has returned to her hometown of Charleston, and is drawn to Detective Devlin once again. We discover, along with Amelia, that Devlin is still a truly haunted man, clung to by the ghosts of his wife Miriama and their 4 year old child Shani. By inviting this haunted man into her life, she has made herself susceptible to his ghosts, and those ghosts have drawn other ghosts now.