by Melissa Marr
Review by Gayle Surrette
William Morrow Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061826870
Date: 01 June 2011 List Price $22.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Product Description: Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the attention her grandmother Maylene bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each one Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: Three sips from a silver flask and followed by the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you."
Now Maylene is dead and Bek must go back to the place--and the man--she left a decade ago. But what she soon discovers is that Maylene was murdered--and that there was good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in placid Claysville the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected. Beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D--a place form which the dead will return if their graves are not properly minded. Only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron Montgomery, can set things right once the dead begin to walk.
Suddenly Rebekkah is struggling with more than just her grief--she's forced to deal with a centuries-old bargain, dark secrets, a complicated romance that still haunts her, and a frightening new responsibility: to stop a monster and put the dead to rest where they belong.
(Source: William Morrow)