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The Restorer Audiobook

The Restorer: The Graveyard Queen, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine)

Audie Award Nominee, Fantasy, 2013

Never acknowledge the dead.
Never stray far from hallowed ground.
Never get close to the haunted.
Never, ever tempt fate.

My name is Amelia Gray. I'm a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I've always held fast to these rules passed down from my father…until now.

Detective John Devlin needs my help to find a killer, but he is haunted by ghosts who shadow his every move. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I've vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the headstone symbols lead me closer to truth and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.

©2012 Amanda Stevens (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Narrator Khristine Hvam draws the listener in with a Charleston twang and a variety of Southern dialects, including Gullah, each slightly and delightfully different. She speaks with a vulnerability that creates an affection for the characters, especially Amelia." (AudioFile)

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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 12-07-13
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 12-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A great ghost story"

    Very interesting book! the narrator's southern twang really brought that South Carolina (Charleston) feeling to the book. She also did a great job in differentiating the voices.
    Now this is what I was expecting when I read the "In Death" series by J.D. Robb.

    This book featured a cemetery restorer & archeologist, Amelia Gray, who had been seeing ghosts since she was 9yrs old. Her father, who also saw ghosts, gave her some guidelines to follow when dealing with these presence. His desire for her safety basically turned her into solitary women with no real attachments and friendships.

    When a fresh body was discovered at a cemetery she was restoring, Detective John Devlin sought her out for assistance. Amelia and John got drawn into a complex serial murder's game and they also developed an attraction. When it becomes clear that the serial killer is targeting Amelia, how will they flush this killer out when the killer is always a couple of steps ahead of them?

    I wasn't scared like I expected, but I was engrossed in the plot. It was well written, engrossing and the tension was just right. They were a few scenes that were really creepy, *ahem, the bedroom scene* but it's not like I won't be able to sleep tonight.

    I thought Amelia would utilize her dad more at the end, but she didn't go that route. Perhaps because her dad would have warned her off Devlin. I didn't suspect the serial killers motive, so it was hard to pinpoint who it was. I choose to see the ending, not as an ending, but a beginning to a new path for Amelia & Devlin. I look forward to see how they respond to this second chance.

    *only ghosts. No other supernatural creatures

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Charlotte, NC, United States 07-01-13
    Ashley Charlotte, NC, United States 07-01-13
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    "Great Read!"

    This was a fun book to listen to. I loved the deep southern accents and all the references to Charleston- a favorite place to visit.

    The story was great too. I love a good ghost story. The ghosts in this one were real and metaphorical. I liked the tension between Amelia and Devlin. I'm interested to see where that goes.

    Will absolutely continue this series and curse myself for not starting it before now.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 08-30-13
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Khristine Hvam is my new favorite narrator"

    I had the opportunity to meet Khristine Hvam, who narrates this audio, recently and was surprised to learn about her career as a reader for my favorite form of entertainment- audiobooks!!!. She recommended a few books I might like and I chose this one. While this is not my favorite genre, I enjoyed every minute of Khristine's amazing narration. She is one of those readers like Scott Brick or Eduardo Ballerini, that can make any book come to life and shine. While the story itself was not that original or exciting, her interpretation of it made it entertaining for me and I enjoyed listening.If you enjoy this genre than I highly recommend this audio....even if its not your genre you will still enjoy Khristine!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 06-22-17
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 06-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not for me"

    This was a disappointment. Amelia Gray has a passive power,.she sees ghost. Following the rules of her father she does not have any contact with them. The major ghosts in this story belong to Amelia’s love interest, John Devlin. He is being haunted by his wife and child. One of rules from Amelia father, do not get involved with those who are haunted by a ghost becomes a major plot point. Amelia is in turmoil with her feelings and her father’s rule. Her and Devlin have fights about their sexual attraction and Amelia’s refusal to stay uninvolved in the case.

    Clues are given in prose in connection to the inscriptions on the grave stones. Amelia’s contribution is deciphering the grave stone symbolism to make connection with specific graves. Bodies are found partly excavated, tunnels are discovered in crypts, and tortured chambers are found. With crypts and tunnels comes spiders, rats and other scary things in dark places. The mystery portion was interesting and I kept reading to find out who was doing all the killing. That was a surprise.

    Amelia is not a strong female character. Since she does more to avoid ghost the supernatural factor is low. It is for those two reasons I could not rate the book a 5 star and will not read the other books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle A 12-09-16
    Danielle A 12-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Ok listen"

    This took me a minute to finish because I had just forgot about it. This book was ok. I had some issues with it but I think I might read the next in the series if I can get it from the library. The romance was blah. I didn't really like Devlin for her. Just something about him I'm not connecting with. The person who did it was in my mind from the beginning but I had a feeling the author wouldn't go that way because it would be too obvious but she went that way. I didn't really like the predictability of that.

    Khristine Hvam is one of my favorite narrators and she did an awesome job as always.Loved the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 11-16-14
    Michelle 11-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "So very glad I stuck with it."

    Despite it's interesting intro with this new take on another character that sees ghost, the first few chapters were pretty slow moving. So much so that I almost returned the book but by the middle the pace and plot picked up. By the end of the book I couldn't wait to get the next one. Glad I didn't give up.

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    Rachael 12-14-13
    Rachael 12-14-13
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    "Ghost and Crime"
    If you could sum up The Restorer in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Scary, Romantic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Restorer?

    That would be giving away the plot.


    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice is fantastic for the piece.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How lonely the main character was.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 04-02-16
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 04-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Boring"

    I returned this book because it was boring. I didn't connect with the characters or the plot. I finally gave up after chapter 6.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 09-05-17
    Lisa 09-05-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Love, Love, Love This Series"

    Great story line. Moves quickly and keeps you interested. Great descriptive quality without overdoing. Narrator is perfect.

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    "Was entertaining"

    Not a bad mystery a true "who done it" thriller. The story was slow but it ended well.

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