My name is Amelia Gray, a cemetery restorer who lives with the dead. An anonymous donor has hired me to restore Woodbine Cemetery, a place where the rich and powerful bury their secrets. Forty years ago, a child disappeared without a trace and now her ghost has awakened, demanding that I find out the truth about her death. Only I know that she was murdered. Only I can bring her killer to justice. But the clues that I follow—a haunting melody and an unnamed baby's grave—lead me to a series of disturbing suspects.
For generations, The Devlins have been members of Charleston's elite. John Devlin once turned his back on the traditions and expectations that came with his birthright, but now he has seemingly accepted his rightful place. His family's secrets make him a questionable ally. When my investigation brings me to the gates of his family's palatial home, I have to wonder if he is about to become my mortal enemy.
I discovered Amanda Stevens when I picked up a used book titled The Dollmaker. She has a way with writing a mystery that pulls you into the story. She doesn't write them quickly, she's not one of those writers that cranks out a book every few months. But they are worth the wait.
The Graveyard Queen series is one of my favorites. The history and supernatural mystery of the old south sets a perfect backdrop. Old cemeteries, Old families. Old money. Old mysteries. All play into the long winding road that brings us to the conclusion of the latest graveyard restoration.