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{April 25, 2012}   {Review} The Prophet by Amanda Stevens

From Goodreads: My name is Amelia Gray.

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.

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Amelia Gray is back in this third installment of Steven’s Graveyard Queen Series, more prolific and intuitive than ever as she continues to break all the rules, engaging in contact with the dead.  Once again in Charleston, Amelia is thrust back into the company of Devlin, and like Steven’s previous novel, The Restorer, the ghosts of Devlin’s daughter and wife begin to haunt Amelia, more forcefully this time, as she attempts to piece together the murder of one of Devlin’s coworkers from the police force. 

Full of hauntings and mysterious, ghostly activity, The Prophet is an engaging read that will keep readers glued to the pages from start to finish.  Having read only the first book in this series, The Restorer, I still found that I was able to easily follow the novel—little prior knowledge is needed to piece everything together, and I’m not sure if The Kingdom, book two, relates to the events from book one and three at all.  Regardless, The Restorer and The Prophet fit together seamlessly, granting the reader a more in-depth look at the life of Devlin, his past, and the circumstances surrounding the deaths of his wife and only child, Shani.  Full of mystery and intrigue, this novel will have readers question everything they know, sleeping with the lights on, and wondering just how deceptive the characters in this novel really are.  Four stars.  

Harlequin has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read a copy of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its recent release.

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