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Graveminder
by Melissa Marr
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William Morrow, 2011 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Usually the occult is not the genre I look for when choosing a book. Melissa Marr's Graveminder sounded like a different pitch though. So I opened it and started reading. And had trouble putting it down.

The small town of Claysville has an Undertaker and a Graveminder. When Maylene, the current Graveminder, is murdered, her granddaughter (Rebekkah Barrow) returns to her old home to find that she is the new Graveminder. Not her choice. But the new Undertaker (Byron Montgomery) and Bek had a thing going ten years ago and it looks like they may rekindle the feelings they have always had for each other.

The one thing that threatens their relationship is well, it's hard to believe, but dead people stand in their way. Not the kind of dead people who rest safely and quietly six feet under but ones who, if not cared for after death, roam Claysville looking for food and drink ... I'll leave the reader to determine just what that sustenance consists of.

A good plot, though I couldn't feel the sense of horror I'm sure the author was going for. Graveminder is Marr's first adult novel after an extremely popular young adult series. A touch of sex maybe is the nod to the adult reader. Not necessary. The novel speaks for itself and provides a good read.

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