Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Length: 384 pages
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Stand Alone or Series: 4th book in the Graveyard Queen series
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 3/5 stars
“My name is Amelia Gray. I’m the Graveyard Queen.
Restoring lost and abandoned cemeteries is my profession, but I’m starting to believe that my true calling is deciphering the riddles of the dead. Legend has it that Kroll Cemetery is a puzzle no one has ever been able to solve. For over half a century, the answer has remained hidden within the strange headstone inscriptions and intricate engravings. Because uncovering the mystery of that tiny, remote graveyard may come at a terrible price.
Years after their mass death, Ezra Kroll’s disciples lie unquiet, their tormented souls trapped within the walls of Kroll Cemetery, waiting to be released by someone strong and clever enough to solve the puzzle. For whatever reason, I’m being summoned to that graveyard by both the living and the dead. Every lead I follow, every clue I unravel brings me closer to an unlikely killer and to a destiny that will threaten my sanity and a future with my love, John Devlin.”
This is the fourth book in the Graveyard Queen series. I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and thought the third one was good. I didn’t enjoy this book nearly as much as the previous ones.
These books have turned away from the interesting cemetery restoration theme and are now solely focused on Amelia and Devlin and the mysteries behind their families. Some of the scenes were creepy and the mystery was somewhat interesting, but they just weren’t as interesting as previous books. I also don’t think Amelia and Devlin have any chemistry together and found the scenes between the two to be awkward and uncomfortable to read.
I did continue to enjoy Stevens beautiful writing style, she does a great job with description and making you feel like you are in the scenes. However, for the most part I just found the story boring and predictable.
Overall this was a disappointing continuation of this series. The series has turned away from the nifty graveyard restoration and graveyard mysteries and I miss that. The writing style is still beautifully done but the story has gotten boring and predictable. I won’t be continuing on with the series which is a pity because I really do enjoy Stevens style of writing.